An idea for the next big (or not-so-big) thing in public art?
And an appetite for more of the managed talk that culminated in the Chicago Cultural Plan of 2012?
Then you might want to get to one of two public-art town hall meetings the city's about to host as it begins to "develop a new vision and strategy for public art."
The first is scheduled for tomorrow (March 26) at 6 PM at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington).
According to an announcement from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, attendees will "learn about the Chicago Cultural Plan and the City's public art program" and will get a chance to "brainstorm ideas in a smaller group setting."
Up for discussion: the role of public art, temporary projects, new genres, and funding (which suggests the money won't be coming from the city).
The announcement doesn't spell out exactly what will be done with those ideas, but says that Mayor Emanuel and DCASE Commissioner Michelle Boone are "looking forward to feedback from Chicagoans."
Another option: text "public art" to 773-769-7987 and take a nine-question public-art survey.
The second meeting will be held at 6 PM on April 30 at the Washington Park Arts Incubator (301 E. Garfield).
Reservations are encouraged; you can make one here. A related exhibit, "35 Years of Public Art," runs through May 4 on the fourth floor of the Cultural Center.