First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

Rocco Landesman on the Chicago Cultural Plan

Rocco Landesman

Arts Alliance Illinois, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Illinois Arts Council invite you to a conversation about the Chicago Cultural Plan with Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Intersections: Art & Public Agencies
Wednesday, July 18 | 9 to 11 am
Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theater
77 East Randolph

How the Arts Fared in FY13 Budget

Illinois’ 2013 budget includes a 9.4 percent cut to the Illinois Arts Council

On June 30, 2012, Governor Pat Quinn signed Illinois’ 2013 budget into law. The $33.7 billion spending plan is $57 million less than the budget passed by the General Assembly and about $1 billion less in discretionary spending than last year’s budget.

New Research: Chicago Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector is $2.2 Billion Industry


A new study finds that nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences contribute at least $2.2 billion annually to the Chicago economy. Key findings from the report include:

  • Nonprofit arts and culture organizations are a $2.2 billion industry in Chicago
  • Cultural tourism offers even greater opportunities for growth
  • Chicago outperforms other regions of a similar size

What I learned at Arts Advocacy Day

Final federal budget for 2012

Serving as Policy and Research Director at Arts Alliance Illinois, one of my charges is to coordinate research initiatives which illustrate the state of the arts sector in Illinois. My role gives me the opportunity to find new and effective ways to demonstrate what those in the arts community already know and see every day: the arts have tremendous impact.

I went to Arts Advocacy Day because …

Cultural leaders representing organizations of all artistic disciplines and all sizes joined us in Washington, DC this April for National Arts Advocacy Day. We had administrators, educators, funders, and students; veterans of Arts Advocacy Day and first-timers alike.

We asked a few of them why they went. Here's what Patricia Poulter of Eastern Illinois University, Cheryl Yuen of the Arts Alliance Illinois board, and Scott Silberstein of HMS Media told us about their experience.

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