Arts and Culture

Chicago’s arts and cultural resources enrich our quality of life, provide a magnet for cultural tourism and contribute to our economic strength. Where other industrial cities have struggled, Chicago is a broad-based, diverse, culturally vibrant place to live and work. The arts are a major factor in that success. Arts Alliance Illinois estimates that nonprofit arts organizations pump about $2 billion into the state’s economy every year. These resources attract investment and the kind of talent that’s highly prized in the 21st century: creative people who can tackle complex problems and envision a brighter future.

The Trust believes strongly that arts offer unparalleled opportunities to engage residents and bring the community together. It is committed to enhancing access for adults, students, artists and audiences who are underserved and underrepresented, while working with colleagues to identify and fill gaps.