Accelerate Culture

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About Accelerate Culture

The Accelerate Culture initiative was launched in November 2014 to advocate for, promote, and monitor the implementation of the Chicago Cultural Plan's top line priorities. 

Accelerate Culture, through coalition building, policy advocacy and community engagement, is working to advance the top line priorities of the Chicago Cultural Plan and to track and measure the Plan's long-term impact on the city of Chicago. 

Accelerate Culture is led by Arts Alliance Illinois and guided by a 30-member committee representing a broad cross-section of Chicago's cultural leadership. Support for this initiative is provided by The Boeing Company, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, and The Joyce Foundation. Visit to learn more and get involved. 

About the Chicago Cultural Plan

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) unveiled a comprehensive Cultural Plan in 2012 to build on Chicago's rich cultural history and further establish the City's position as a national and global centerpiece for arts and culture. It was the first Cultural Plan to be drafted in the city in a generation and was the product of more than eight months of work, dozens of town hall meetings, and the input of thousands of residents. The final plan included more than 200 specific recommendations and addressed four key areas: people, places, policies, and planning culturally.

Stewardship Committee

On October 30, 2013, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and DCASE Commissioner Michelle Boone marked the one-year anniversary of the Chicago Cultural Plan by announcing the formation of a new stewardship committee for the Plan, to be organized by Arts Alliance Illinois. This 30-member committee is composed of nonprofit, business, and community leaders committed to supporting a vital cultural sector for Chicago and who recognize the essential need to secure creative opportunities for future generations.

Read the press release
Meet the Stewardship Committee


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Download the Chicago Cultural Plan.