Does Voting Matter?

Learn how the arts promote civic engagement in 2020.

In a divided political climate, it can be tough for cultural institutions to navigate what their civic engagement should look like. But it matters now more than ever. This event brought together a variety of artists to share their perspective on why voting absolutely matters, how their work intersects the civic space, and what our responsibility is to the democracy we live in. 

The conversation included Chicago Humanities Festival Director of Programming Tiff Beatty, playwright Ike Holter, and guitarist and immigrant rights activist Ivan Resendiz.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 - 8:30 pm 

WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

This program will be audio recorded and distributed statewide to Alliance members and supporters.

Produced in partnership with State Matters and Gibran Villalobos, Assistant Curator, Performance and Public Practice at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

If you’re interested in diving in more deeply to this work following this event, we will be co-hosting a Civic Supper with State Matters on March 10 - a new program bringing creatives together to problem-solve, discuss, rejuvenate, and break bread together. Limited seats available. More information here.

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