This is the group of cultural mavens selected to oversee the process creating the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan that Mayor Rahm Emauel "mandated" when he took office. The city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is managing the process using outside consultant groups. The lead group is Lord Cultural Resources out of New York.
The last time the city went through the process of creating a cultural plan, it was done by the Harold Washington administration in 1986.
On today's agenda was a power point presentation of the process. There will be four town hall meetings this month, about ten neighborhood meetings, and about ten focus groups. The deadline is a plan for review by autumn.
I think I will make a point of attending as many of the meetings as I can. Because (1) I like art and theater etc. and (2) the process is going to take place within a year.
Today marked the launch of the projects website. Check it out here, sign up for updates, and get your friends together and attend the meetings.