First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

The Great Chicago Fire Festival and the Importance of Cultural Investment

Chicago’s art scene is internationally renowned in large part because of our willingness to take bold and creative risks. That’s why we applaud the spirit of the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival. While technical difficulties kept the event from reaching its full potential, the festival did stir the imaginations of tens of thousands of Chicagoans. We should highlight what worked well, including how the Fire Festival leveraged the power of the arts to activate our public spaces, bring diverse people and neighborhoods together, and celebrate our shared history of reinvention.

Arts Alliance Illinois Seeks Policy and Research Director

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Arts Alliance Illinois seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader with a mix of strong analytical skills and policy experience to fill the position of Policy and Research Director.

Revamp Underway for Arts Education Learning Standards in Illinois

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We are very pleased to report that on August 27, 2014, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced a partnership with Arts Alliance Illinois to assess newly released national arts learning standards and to develop recommendations for Illinois. You can access the press announcement here.

President Obama’s FY15 Budget and What It Means for the Arts

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On March 4, 2014, President Obama released his FY2015 budget request to Congress, which includes funding for the nation's cultural agencies and programs, such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  If passed by Congress and signed by the President, the NEA would receive only $146 million in federal funding.

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