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Arts and Culture Strategy Summary

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Executive Summary
  • Issues, Challenges, Opportunities
  • A New Vision for Arts & Culture
  • Recommendations
  • Cultural Vitality Indicators
  • Research on Recommendations
  • Endnotes

SmallPavillionMetropolitan Chicago is home to a rich, robust, and diverse cultural ecosystem, and has become one of the leading creative regions in the world. Chicago's arts and cultural resources are not only cause for great pride, they also serve as an economic engine for investments, a magnet for cultural tourism, and a key component in improving the quality of life in the region, which helps attract the kind of talent that's highly prized in the 21st century .

However, a myriad of forces seriously threatens the long-term stability of the creative sector, including a decline in participation in arts and cultural activities, extraordinary funding challenges, an erosion of the region's cultural infrastructure, limited availability of affordable space for artists and other creators to live and work, and inequities and gaps in arts education.This strategy paper explores these and other challenges, offering a new vision for arts and culture in our region, and provides strategic recommendations on how to get there.

A sample of findings:

Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations

The 2005 Arts Scan Project conducted by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation found that a total of 1,158 arts and culture nonprofit enterprises located within the geographic boundaries of the Chicago region.

Individual Artists

A study by the Metropolitan Chicago Information Center reports that there are 467,760 "super-creative" core workers in the Chicago area's economy alone.

Economic Vitality

Overall, nonprofit arts organizations directly and indirectly stimulate more than one billion dollars -- $1,082,780,667 -- into the local economy.

If you're interested in learning more about arts and culture, please review the following CMAP strategy report. Comments and criticisms are encouraged.

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