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    Chicago's Art Scene Faces a Reckoning

    Leaders of Chicago's art scene discuss how recent events, including COVID-19 as well as renewed calls for racial equity, have precipitated long term change for the industry.

    Brandis Friedman
    Co-Anchor, Chicago Tonight
    Chris Jones
    Chief Theater Critic and Sunday Arts Columnist Chicago Tribune
    Binta Niambi Brown
    Head of Business Affairs, Nice Work
    Greg Cameron
    President and CEO, Joffrey Ballet
    Anna Shapiro
    Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
    Carlos Tortolero
    Founder and President, National Museum of Mexican Art

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    The New Normal—Virtually Unrecognizable: Facing a Reckoning in Chicago’s Art Scene

    Binta Niambi Brown
    Head of Business Affairs, Nice Work
    Greg Cameron
    President and CEO, Joffrey Ballet
    Brandis Friedman
    Co-Anchor, Chicago Tonight
    Chris Jones
    Chief Theater Critic and Sunday Arts Columnist Chicago Tribune
    Anna Shapiro
    Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
    Carlos Tortolero
    Founder and President, National Museum of Mexican Art

    Recent events in Chicago have exposed the city’s legendary arts and cultural institutions, forcing them to confront hard to swallow truths. The COVID-19 crisis has forced organizations to confront the debilitating reality of empty galleries and dark stages. At the same time, arts organizations are on the precipice of a watershed moment as calls for racial equity and representation continue to rise.

    This program will unite leaders at the forefront of Chicago’s arts and culture scene to explore how recent events have completely changed the game when it comes to producing, distributing, and experiencing art and culture in the Windy City. Bringing together trailblazers from various creative institutions in Chicago—from Steppenwolf to the Joffrey Ballet to the National Museum of Mexican Art—we’ll examine the new normal for individuals and performers in the city and how it will affect the industry for years to come.

    For Access to the event, copy and paste the following link into your browser at showtime: https://www.chicagoideas.com/watch-virtually-unrecognizable. Reservation is preferred, although no ticket will be needed. Please email us at tickets@chicagoideas.com with any questions.

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