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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

2019 Will Be The Year of Chicago Theatre

2019 Will Be The Year of Chicago Theatre

WDCB’s Gary Zidek talks to Mark Kelly, Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events about 2018’s Year of Creative of Youth and the upcoming Year of Chicago Theatre.

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“It became obvious to me the power of what you can do when you declare it a ‘year of’, so DCASE with modest financial resources, but tremendous assets of Millennium Park, the Cultural Center and maybe, the most important asset of all, we have a bully pulpit, we can galvanize, we can bring people together.” - DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly, talking about the the city’s recent “year of” designations.

Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner

Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner

In Chicago, 2019 will be all about what’s happening on stage. A relatively new Chicago tradition of designating cultural themes to celebrate annually is continuing. Two years ago, 2017 was the Year of Public Art, 2018 was the Year of Creative Youth and this year, the city will celebrate the Year of Chicago Theater.

Actor Michael Shannon speaking during Year of Chicago Theatre announcement event

Actor Michael Shannon speaking during Year of Chicago Theatre announcement event

Under the Year of Chicago Theater, the city and its partners will: launch a marketing campaign that leverages a new brand for Chicago theatre; provide additional financial grants to theatre projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the theatre community.

Other Commitments and preliminary plans include:

  • Theatre activations and a theatre-themed Film Series throughout the summer at Millennium Park,

  • Theatre-themed public programs and exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center

  • $200,000 in financial grants to theatres and other nonprofit theatre programs, via the Cultural Grants Program

  • Theatre displays at Expo 72 (Hot Tix) and the Chicago Cultural Center Welcome Center

  • A marketing campaign for residents that leverages the new brand for Chicago theatre

  • And much more

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Click here for more info about the Year of Chicago Theatre, also check out the League of Chicago Theatres’ website here and tune into The Arts Section every week (8 - 9 am on WDCB 90.9/90.7 FM) to hear all new theatre reviews from the Dueling Critics.

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