2022

OUR IMPACT
2022 was a year of new strategies for the creative sector. COVID-19 is still present in every community in Illinois, as are its impacts. The lingering presence of COVID-19 means cultural leaders across the state are continuing to navigate choppy terrain and face new challenges. But these organizations, businesses, and individual artists are not just acclimating to a new normal; they’re actively shaping it. This year at Arts Alliance, we prioritized the immediate needs of the creative community while laying the groundwork for a better arts future.

Championing
needed relief for the arts

 

$50,000,000

won for the creative sector in Illinois, the largest arts funding allocation in state history.

$5,000,000

won for the creative sector in Cook County, an unprecedented commitment for Chicago and surrounding communities.

Weaving together
art and community

 

Laying groundwork
for a better arts future

 

  • Collaborated with over 500 arts professionals throughout the state about their needs to orient our approach to 2023 legislative strategy.
  • Deepened our research partnerships with the University of Illinois to better understand the cultural assets and workforce of our state and advance our advocacy and policy work.
  • Partnered with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to explore workforce development opportunities for artists and other creative workers.
  • Supported two networks of national advocates to stay aligned with arts communities across the United States.

What’s next?


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