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What Was the Impact of Art Design Chicago?

What Was the Impact of Art Design Chicago?

WDCB’s Gary Zidek sits down with Terra Foundation program director of education grants and initiatives, Jenny Siegenthaler to talk about the short and long term impacts made by Art Design Chicago.

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“So a lot of the partnerships and collaborations that sprang out of these projects will lead to future collaborations and projects that bring audiences from these different institutions together.” - Terra Foundation’s Jenny Siegenthaler talking about the relationships that were formed because of Art Design Chicago.

Jenny Seigenthaler, director of education grants and initiatives at the Terra Foundation

Jenny Seigenthaler, director of education grants and initiatives at the Terra Foundation

After years of planning, the Terra Foundation for American Art made 2018 the year of Art Design Chicago.  The year-long initiative celebrated the city’s history as a world-class center for creativity and innovation. The Terra Foundation partnered with 95 organizations to create a full year of programming, that included the presentation of 46 new exhibits, 29 publications and over 300 public events.

Installation view, African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce, and the Politics of Race at the Chicago Cultural Center, 2018. Photo credit: Jon Shaft.

Installation view, African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce, and the Politics of Race at the Chicago Cultural Center, 2018. Photo credit: Jon Shaft.

Additional data is still coming in, but the numbers that have emerged paint an encouraging picture: an estimated 2.5 million people directly engaged in some form with Art Design Chicago exhibitions and programs that were part of the initiative, and nearly 60% of exhibiting organizations reported larger attendance than at past exhibitions of similar size and scope.

ART IN CHICAGO: From the Fire to Now and CHICAGO BY THE BOOK, two publications made possible by Art Design Chicago.

ART IN CHICAGO: From the Fire to Now and CHICAGO BY THE BOOK, two publications made possible by Art Design Chicago.

Other lasting impacts of Art Design Chicago are the publications that emerged from the year-long initiative.

The Art Institute’s photo exhibition NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL

The Art Institute’s photo exhibition NEVER A LOVELY SO REAL

The long-term impacts of the year-long initiative are still being determined. You can learn more about all the programming that took place in 2018 by visiting artdesignchicago.org

As far as what’s next for the Terra Foundation now that Art Design Chicago has formally ended, Siegenthaler says the organization is having conversations with potential partners and thinking about what a new initiative could look like.

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