Each of these visions is whole and complete, all by itself. Yet together, they create something even greater—an entire portrait of the future that has not yet been. Explore the ideas shared by community members.

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    Fluidly Move Through Leadership

    A model of leadership we can mimic is the bond between and dancing and space. Everyone understands what this shared space is and that we all can contribute. Some folks come to the foreground and then a move away. It's fluid. This space is held…

    A Thriving Multi-generational Place

    If we invest in neighborhood assets, our neighborhoods will be a thriving place with coffee shops, storefronts, and restaurants. It's a multi generational place that there isn't just programming for only teens or only adults that have had training, but it's for anyone. This neighborhood…

    Education and Local Investment as the Antidote to Appropriation

    Today: The line between honoring and crediting versus culturally appropriating is so often blurred. It can be irreparably damaging. Vision: Through pedagogy, early, and often, we learn to give cultural credit, acknowledge and understand the depth of cultural context; we are taught to recognize and…

    Art as Stability and Future Wealth

    If our arts and culture sector had an accessible and resilient funding infrastructure, artists would be able to continue to support the art making but also to have options for healthcare and build their wealth. Artists would be able to set themselves and their futures…

    A more geographically equitable system

    Today: North Side assets are easier to save. You're just like "It's pretty!" And then, and then it's saved. On the South Side you have to jump through so many more hurdles. You have to show a plan, you have to show like business plans,…

    Tax Credit Incentives for Everyday People Making Investments in Hyperlocal Arts and…

    Citizens of every neighborhood are empowered to express their sense of philanthropy (e.g., love of humanity) through local, state, and federal tax credits up to 5% of gross taxable income that are awrded when they contribute money, assets, or time to local designated arts and…

    Participatory grantmaking

    Today: "Recently we've been seeing positive trends – giving long-overdue grants to BIPOC organizations with limited restrictions. Yet it's still an elitist decision-making process." Vision: Communities would be empowered to participate in decision-making at a much more localized level.

    Celebrate difference, connect through shared humanity

    Today: Because of white supremacy, we look at different cultural groups as having monolithic experiences, and that's just so false. There are incredibly diverse experiences and lives and realities even within one cultural group. So by designating certain months for certain cultural groups and naming…

    Fund and support spaces for and by People of Color

    When we talk about visibility we do a great disservice to not also talk about funding and capital. As much as I wish we could abolish the capitalist system, I also believe in funding and supporting the work of folks of color and spaces that…

    Investing in assets

    My opinion on access for artists in this realm is centered in access and equity. I want people to have an opportunity to find success and access to resources without being met with difficult circumstances that impede their artistic journey.

    space to explore, resources to evolve

    Today: I think that a lot of what happens today for anybody in the art world is you that you have to choose an identity in the form of a discipline. You have to choose the field to stay in, to build your practice and…

    Artist Corp to Respond to Neighborhood and City Challenges

    Today: The arts are not thought of as an integral part of our whole quality of life. Vision: Develop an Artist Corp; we train artists to use their creative skillsets to respond to neighborhood and city challenges.

    Stop the dismissal and erasure of lived experiences for the sake of…

    Today: It has been really easy for mainstream society, which is dominated by white culture and gatekeepers, to denounce certain art forms that doesn't reflect traditionally white experiences and values. Using hip hop as an example, people say it glorifies violence, but don't acknowledge that…

    Localized community leadership

    Localized leadership structures that are self organized and self governed. No longer can big institutions just plop a weird $5 million center in their neighborhood. If you want to do a project in the neighborhood, you had to go through that neighborhood council first for…

    Adopting part of your neighborhood as a rite of passage

    Adopting a part of a wall in the neighborhood to paint when you graduated middle school or high school. When we run out of space, start using the side of building or underneath the train tracks.

    Shared experiences across different groups

    If we invested in neighborhood assets, more people from different backgrounds would be able to come together. They would know each other or recognized each other because they have other things in common because of shared experiences in their neighborhoods.

    A Council of People

    Today: Hierarchical decision-making is everywhere. People get power based on their "qualifications" but often only one person gets to even have ideas. Vision: Community-advised decision-making, whereby people with authority in an area talk things out and make decisions. Individuals might serve as point people, but…

    Organizational time limits

    "Right now, because of the scarcity of philanthropic dollars, it's all about keeping organizations growing growing growing growing. I don't know if that's necessarily always the best thing." Vision: Organizations can and should go away sometimes. Maybe they are given a time limit. There would…

    Table Exchange Programs

    Have an assortment and variety of people have seats at the table. Bringing people who are leaders in their own community to the tables that might be across the across the city, you know, on the other side of the city. So someone from Roseland…

    Decisions for our Collective Future

    We need to put aside our personal agendas. I hear too many people talking about me me me me me, and not them, not us. Not the artists we're training, not the work we're leaving behind. When I make decisions [for my org which trains…

    Local Budgets For Arts As Infrastructure

    Vision: In the more local level, the state and city have budgets where they allocate funds for neighborhoods, not just for infrastructure but actually for the arts to be considered as infrastructure improvements. Aldermen support their individual artists. People understand it's not just one entity…

    Rethinking “quality” and “excellence” in funding.

    Today: We are weakened by cutting off vast swaths of art and community we could be enjoying by only funding and focusing on downtown and northside organizations of a certain scale and "quality." Vision: Government and major (institutional) funders focus on building an ecosystem instead…

    Empowering Children

    Looking back at my childhood, I see now that a lot of times, I didn't have the role models in positions that could access power. Vision: The importance of learning community and learning leadership at a young age would be understood. Also, we would accept…

    Don’t Focus Solely on Academic Experiences

    Today: Our tendency is to look at leadership from an academic perspective. The Vision: The folks who make the best leaders don't always come to the table with those official letters behind their names. If they have experience, if they have an understanding of what…