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Chicago radiates culture, from our art to our architecture, our food to our festivals, our music to our museums. That vibrancy of culture is Chicago’s great inheritance as a city, and it is the key to our future. That is why I was proud to unveil the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan this past...
Beate Minkovski. Photo by Jennifer Bisbing "I was a rebel before Woman Made Gallery was born, and I am a rebel because of it." --- Beate Minkovski Chicago artist Beate Minkovski never meant to start an art gallery. She and fellow artist Kelly Hensen were just looking for a storefront to...
Washington, DC Between my trips to Tucson and New York, I took some personal time for my first ever visit to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Hope to definitely make this a habit! It’s been a busy couple of weeks of traveling. I started off in Chicago for a few days, first with the...
Chicago, Illinois Cermak Cluster as seen from Cermak Street looking north. Photo by Julie Burros The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) was established in 1984 to enhance the cultural life of the city, often partnering with other city agencies---such as the Department of Zoning and Urban...
Washington, DC The annual Chinese New Year Parade in Chicago's Chinatown is just one of the city's many neighborhood festivals. Photo by multisanti via Flickr One of the stops that we made in Chicago on the Art Works Tour (where we were hosted by the MacArthur Foundation) was to the Field Museum?s...
Washington, DC Onstage at the Museum of Contemporary Arts symposium. Photo by Richard Cahan I just spent a few days in Chicago, one of my favorite cities. One of the great things about this trip is that we were hosted throughout the trip by the MacArthur Foundation. Bob Gallucci, the foundation?s...
Chicago, Illinois In this scene from Tracey Scott Wilson's The Good Negro , (l to r) Rutherford (Demetrios Troy), James (Billy Eugene Jones), and Henry (Teagle F. Bougere) rouse congregants to join them for a non-violent march. Photo courtesy Goodman Theatre Before moving to Washington, DC , I...