Chicago's new cultural program includes public, school art

Yo-Yo Ma was on hand Monday, October 16, 2012 as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled the city's first plan to strengthen arts and culture in more than 25 years.

October 15, 2012 2:18:40 PM PDT
On Monday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled the city's first plan to strengthen arts and culture in more than 25 years.

The plan includes an arts education plan within Chicago Public Schools; the goal is for students at every grade level to have access to an art or music class.

Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma joined Emanuel at the announcement.

"I think it's right in the middle of what the essential work of education is, which is to give our children a sense of [collaboration], flexibility, imagination and innovation," Yo-Yo Ma said.

Other parts of the city's cultural plan are already happening. They include setting up exhibitions and art installations at libraries, in schools, parks and other public spaces.


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