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Arts Community Needs You!

By PAM BERNS
On Monday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m., hundreds of Chicago artists and friends of the arts are gathering at the Picasso sculpture downtown to protest a proposed ordinance that is bad for Chicago as well as the art community. The ordinance removes transparency and accessibility to the Public Art programs and art commissions. It also eliminates voting, democracy and public recourse—in essence, “privatizing” the selection of public art by eliminating all open meetings.

All of us who care about the arts in our beautiful city must let our aldermen know we don’t support this ordinance. It is time we speak up to prevent cronyism in the selection of public art. Chicago has one of the greatest art communities in the nation. We must preserve transparency in public art selections by the Department of Cultural Affairs if we are going to preserve the vibrant community Chicago artists have created in our great city.

Write your alderman and try to make it to the rally.

Published: June 07, 2007