WBEZ | Downtown Sounds: New Music Mondays http://www.wbez.org/tags/downtown-sounds-new-music-mondays Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en City's new culture czar looks to the future http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-19/citys-new-culture-czar-looks-future-89343 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-19/Boone.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Monday nights throughout the summer, Millennium Park is covered in blankets, lawn chairs and various libations as people enjoy the latest <a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/dca_tourism/downtown_sound__new.html" target="_blank"><em>Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays</em>.</a> The series is just one of many free musical events put on by Chicago’s <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca.html" target="_blank">Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.</a> With a new mayor some wondered if this level of cultural programming would remain a priority for the City, but when the annoucement of the new Department head was met with high praise many corners of Chicago’s art world - especially the jazz community. After all, Michelle Boone has years of experience in the arts, including directing the City’s <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/attractions/dca_tourism/Public_Art/Chicago_Public_Art_Collection_Gallery_37.html/" target="_blank">Gallery 37</a> and making arts grants at The Joyce Foundation. Boone, who is presiding over a somewhat new department after Cultural Affairs and Special Events merged earlier this year, joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss Chicago's cultural future.<br> <br> <em>Music Button: Rachel Ries, "Chicago" from the release Without a Bird (SoDak)</em></p></p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-19/citys-new-culture-czar-looks-future-89343