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Lightfoot Administration Unveils Citywide Recovery Plan for the Arts

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Park District and other City of Chicago departments announced Tuesday “Arts 77” — a citywide arts recovery and reopening plan for all of Chicago’s 77 community areas. The program represents an initial investment of over $60 million to support local artists and organizations.

“Before the pandemic struck, our arts and culture sector was a significant employer and economic driver that generated thousands of jobs and billions of dollars for our city,” said Lightfoot. “With this incredible program, we will not only be able to revitalize this critical sector and provide support to our artists, creative workers and organizations, but also place the arts at the center of our city’s recovery efforts.”

Additional updates regarding financial grants and programs to support arts recovery will follow in the upcoming weeks.

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