First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

Creation of the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan is underway

For the first time in more than 25 years, the City of Chicago is updating its cultural plan, which will deliver recommendations on how to support artists and the arts throughout the city as well as enhance economic growth and the city's reputation as a global cultural destination.

2012 Chicago Cultural Plan Logo

Arts & Education Exchange Summit Coming Up

Coming up in February: a new event to connect Chicago teachers and school administrators with arts providers, hundreds of curriculum and lesson planning ideas, and the professional development workshops to make it all happen.

Arts & Education Exchange Summit Coming Up

Governor Quinn receives Public Leadership in the Arts Award

Today Governor Pat Quinn received the Americans for the Arts Public Leadership in the Arts Award at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayor in Washington, DC.

Governor Quinn receives Public Leaders in the Arts Award

Ms. Lefkovitz: The teacher who inspired me the most

At Thanksgiving I asked you, "Who first inspired you in the arts?"

My earliest memories -- not of the arts, but period -- are of my father creating wonderful works of art with his bare hands. I wanted to emulate him. When I was four years old, all I wanted to do was create things too, bring my ideas to life. I would get a pencil and draw characters and images on the backs of envelopes and on scratch sheets of paper. I learned at an early age that my imagination could take me to far away places.

Final federal budget for 2012: mixed results for arts and arts education

Final federal budget for 2012

The final fiscal year 2012 budget passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate this weekend includes $146 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

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