2017 Chicago Public Art Plan

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2017 Selfie with Chicago Public Art Plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events [DCASE] have designated
2017 the Chicago “Year of Public Art,”
with plans for special community projects, art festival, youth programs and much more.

One of the biggest highlights of the celebration of 2017 as the Year of Public Art [YOPA] in Chicago, is the unveiling of the Chicago Public Art Plan. It is authored by DCASE, that is the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. DCASE is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. It includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts business; provide a framework to guide the city’s future cultural and economic growth, via the Chicago Cultural Plan of 2012, marketing the city’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience, and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.  DCASE also administers the City’s Percent-for-Art Ordinance established in 1978, which stipulates that 1.33% of the cost of constructing or renovating public buildings will be used for public art.

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Chicago Public Art Plan

Chicago Public Art Plan

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The Chicago Public Art Plan is largely being distributed digitally, and uses PDF scrolling format. click here..

It is typeset in Apercu and Cooper Black, the latter developed by Chicago type designer Oswald Bruce Cooper in 1922.

The unveiling of the digital Chicago Public Art Plan, includes letter from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Here is an excerpt..
“I am proud of the incredible creativity shown by Chicago’s own artists, of the artwork that made Chicago a destination of everything that makes Chicago a great place to explore and discover.” The Mayor further adds.. “Yet now more than ever we need a vision for what it will take to energize and inspire ongoing support for public art, to keep Chicagoans moving forward as we advance into the next generation.”

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Chicago Public Art Timeline
One interesting feature in the digital version of Chicago Public Art Plan is the Chicago Public Art timeline.
I am proud and happy to say that some of my photos have been included in this timeline.

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Leonard Wells Volk, “Volunteers Firefighters’ Monument,” 1864 / Page 3-4.
Leonard Wells Volk, “Stephen A. Douglas Tomb and Memorial,” 1881 / Page 3-4.
Daniel Chester French, “The Republic,” 1918 / Page 5.
Lorado Taft, “Fountain of the Great Lakes,” 1913 / Page 8.
Lorado Taft, “Fountain of Time,” 1922 / / Page 8.
John Storrs, “Ceres,” 1930 / Page 10.
Ellsworth Kelly, “Curve XXII (I Will),” 1981 / Page 20-21.

 

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Chicago Public Art Plan

Chicago Public Art Plan / Page 8.

 

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Chicago Public Art Plan

Chicago Public Art Plan / Page 20-21.

 

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Proud to be part of Year of Public Art Chicago.

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2017:  Year of Public Art Chicago.

2017: Year of Public Art Chicago.

 

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2017: Chicago Year of Public Art

2017: Year of Public Art Chicago / Selfie in elevator of Chicago Cultural Center.

 

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