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updated: 10/15/2012 3:40 PM

Chicago releases 1st cultural plan since 1986

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The city of Chicago released a new cultural plan on Monday -- its first in more than 25 years.

The plan calls for making arts a core subject at Chicago Public Schools, providing tax incentives for creative industry startups and developing a large-scale new festival and permanent festival grounds.

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According to the plan, most of the initiatives can be done 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 and culture destination. It also included developing a theater district in downtown Chicago.

Funding for the plan came from the Chicago Community Trust and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. The plan was put together with the input of thousands of Chicago residents after a series of town hall meetings earlier this year.

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

For details, visit www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com.

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