The draft Cultural Plan for the City of Chicago has been released! Have you read it? Do you have thoughts about it? Then you should go to a Town Hall Meeting. There are two more meetings July 28 from 10am- Noon at Essanay Studios, 1345 West Argyle Street, and July 31 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Chicago Cultural Center – 78 East Washington Street. The draft plan can be found at http://www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com/. I went to the first town hall at Malcolm X College on Tuesday night. It was interesting to hear what people were thinking about the plan and about the implementation of the plan. You will be asked to vote on the priorities for the plan and then to break into groups to talk about the priorities and the initiatives (you have to choose one priority). As I am always harping on about, it is important that people read the plan and go to one of these meetings and comment on it. It may be exactly what you envisioned or it may be way off base for you – it is so important to say what you want and what is important to you. Be a part of this process, it’s likely that we will live with this plan for a long time as a blueprint for how our city interacts with our artists and our organizations.