Arts Alliance Illinois Culture Counts Campaign

"Art is Business" ---a message from Ra Joy, Executive Director, Arts Alliance Illinois

Hi Alpha,
  Ra Joy

The reason I'm writing today is to catch up on the Culture Counts campaign. As you know, last year Phantom Gallery Chicago joined Arts Alliance Illinois, the League of Chicago Theatres, the Chicago Cultural Alliance, and 80 other organizations in the Culture Counts coalition. We set out to promote public participation in the cultural planning process and guarantee the final cultural plan included meaningful wins for the arts and arts education.

Together, here is what we accomplished:
  • 85 organizations, including service groups, associations, unions, major cultural institutions, and universities, joined the Culture Counts coalition
  • More than 5,500 arts advocates signed the Culture Counts petition
  • More than 250 arts advocates contacted the City of Chicago in support of the Culture Counts recommendations for the final plan
  • The final Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 included all 21 of the recommendations drafted and endorsed by the Culture Counts coalition
  • The Chicago City Council committed $1 million to help implement the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 and the CPS Arts Education Plan
While our work on the Chicago Cultural Plan isn't done, our focus is shifting from the Culture Counts campaign to specific policy goals, such as boosting cultural grant funds, updating the Percent-for-Arts Ordinance, improving zoning, permitting, and licensing rules that affect artists and cultural enterprises, and other priorities from the Cul
ture Counts recommendations.

I hope Phantom Gallery Chicago will continue to support and participate in these efforts as well as other Arts Alliance Illinois initiatives, including the creation of a Creative Economy Council to expand opportunities for the arts in agencies like economic development and transportation, the launch of arts advocacy coalitions in each of Illinois' newly-drawn 18 congressional districts, and the 2013 One State Together in the Arts conference to be held June 24 & 25 in the Quad Cities.

As always, should you have any questions about any aspect of our work, you can contact me at anytime at or 312.855.3105 x14.

Thanks again and take care,

Ra Joy's Signature
Ra Joy, Executive Director, Arts Alliance Illinois
tel 312.855.3105 x14 | fax 312.855.1565 | |

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