Sunday, January 30, 2011

Arts Action Alert!

Change is in the air. Chicagoans will soon elect a new mayor for the first time in 22 years. The next mayor will make decisions that will impact Chicago's arts industry for generations.

Tell the candidates for mayor that the arts matter. Sign the petition today.

Chicago is home to a powerful arts industry that generates more than $2 billion in economic activity and employs more than 150,000 people annually. Yet, the arts infrastructure in Chicago is vulnerable. Recently, there have been lay-offs at the Department of Cultural Affairs, cuts to the CityArts grant program, and proposals to privatize the Blues and Jazz Festivals among others.

If you value the arts in Chicago, please make your voice heard. Tell the candidates that the arts matter. Sign the petition today at

Join (ORG), Arts Alliance Illinois, and the League of Chicago Theaters as well as Actors' Equity, the African American Arts Alliance, the Arts & Business Council, the Chicago Artists Coalition, the Chicago Music Commission, the Chicago Arts Learning Initiative, the Chicago Public Art Group, the Chicago Cultural Alliance, the Hyde Park Alliance for Arts & Culture, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Urban Gateways, and others in our efforts to educate candidates in the 2011 election about the value of the arts and arts education to a strong Chicago.

ACT NOW: Help us ensure all candidates for mayor hear from 10,000 arts and arts education advocates before the end of the month. Sign the petition today.

For more information on the campaign, visit

There you can sign up for action alerts and updates and find more ways to take action. Learn how art affects the economy> and more.

Thank you for your kind support and appreciation of the arts!
Best Regards, Bill Rattner and Marci Rolnik

Supported by Woman's Caucus for Arts

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