Redistribute dance funding to support local artists

According to the Sustain Arts report, 50% of grant funding received by dance organizations in Chicago went to 3 dance companies. These companies most likely do not primarily employ Chicago based dancers or show work from Chicago based dancemakers. If these funds were redistributed into the local dance community, a wealth of artistic output would result. If this monopoly of funding were shared, local artists would thrive and it would support a more diverse landscape of dance. Let’s require that all organizations that receive this majority of funding regrant to artists and organizations locally to support and stimulate where we live. Let’s demand that presenting organizations located in Chicago give an equal amount of support to artists in the City before directing the funds to national/international creators. Big boxes kill local economy. Let’s bring things back to sidewalk encounters with interpersonal interest and spread the wealth to areas which never saw this money.