City unveils first cultural plan since 1986

October 15, 2012

The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time in more than 25 years the city of Chicago has a new cultural plan.

The city released the plan Monday. It includes efforts like making arts a core subject at Chicago Public Schools. It also says the city should provide tax incentives for creative industry start-ups and develop a large-scale festival and permanent festival grounds. According to the plan, a majority of the initiatives can be completed within 18 months. Others will take about five years.

The last time the city released a cultural plan was in 1986 under Mayor Harold Washington. That plan included making Navy Pier a tourist destination. It also included developing a theater district in downtown Chicago.

The city says its creative economy generates $2 billion a year and employs 150,000 people.