What is Accelerate Culture Chicago?

The Accelerate Culture initiative was launched in November 2014 to advocate for, promote, and monitor the implementation of the Chicago Cultural Plan’s top line priorities.

Accelerate Culture, through coalition building, policy advocacy and community engagement, is working to advance the top line priorities of the Chicago Cultural Plan and to track and measure the Plan’s long-term impact on the city of Chicago.

Accelerate Culture is led by Arts Alliance Illinois and guided by a 30-member committee representing a broad cross-section of Chicago’s cultural leadership.

What is the pledge you are asking alderman and candidates to sign prior to the February 24 City Council election?

We are asking all 183 candidates for alderman to pledge their support for the continued implementation of the Chicago Cultural Plan.

The PledgeI understand the vital role of culture and the arts to a strong Chicago and pledge my support for the continued implementation of the Chicago Cultural Plan.

See a list of candidates who have signed the pledge here.

What specific policies are you advocating for?

Accelerate Culture has identified a focused set of priority actions directly linked to specific goals and recommendations from the Chicago Cultural Plan. Please visit our priority actions page for the full list of priorities.

When groups become a member, what are they committing to?

The well-being and vitality of Chicago’s cultural sector is a shared responsibility. Accelerate Culture is a call to action for organizations, and to government, corporations, foundations and everyday Chicagoans to work together to advance Chicago’s Cultural Plan.  We ask organizations to participate by:

  • Allowing us to publicly list them as a coalition member
  • Participate in Accelerate Culture activities and campaigns
  • Engage and encourage their organizations and supporters to participate

How can I get involved with Accelerate Culture Chicago?

Please visit our get involved page where you can sign up to join the coalition and find out ways you can strengthen Chicago’s cultural and creative capital.

Who is funding Accelerate Culture Chicago?

Support for this initiative is provided by The Boeing Company, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, and The Joyce Foundation.