Thursday, July 5, 2012

There Is No Substitute

Collective Leverage. That’s what the blog’s called. And here’s how it works: The League speaks out for what we believe to be the best interests of Chicago theatre. But there is no substitute for you speaking out for yourselves. There is true and tremendous strength in individuals and organizations taking a stand together on an issue.

Sometime in the near future, the city will be releasing the draft Cultural Plan for the City of Chicago. That will be followed by public discussions of the draft at the following dates, times and places. I encourage all of you to attend at least one of these discussions and more than one if you can. Here is a link to the document that the League submitted to the crafters of the plan with recommendations from the theatre industry.

7/24/12 - 6pm - 8pm Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren St
7/25/12 - 6pm - 8pm South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr
7/28/12 - 10am - 12pm St. Augustine College, 1345 W. Argyle St
7/31/12 - 6pm - 8pm Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St

The draft plan has not been released yet, but you can RSVP for meetings and download it when it is released at

I was sent a link to a survey this week by WBEZ. I would love to see more arts coverage and more theatre coverage on the air on WBEZ and would have liked to indicate that in the survey but it was incredibly long. Here’s a link if you have time or you can email station manager Tory Malatia at if you feel the same as I do.


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