For the Chicago Artists Coalition, life on the other side of 40 has been busier than ever. As CAC prepares to open another edition of The ANNUAL this week, they've also been busy with a major relocation this year as well as undertaking their first capital campaign.
Over 40 years ago, CAC began as a small group of artists advocating for rights, support, and visibility in the city’s cultural landscape and economy. CAC was helped to inspire the formation of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the development of Chicago Artists Month, and the passing of the Percent for Art Ordinance (a City law that requires that 1.33% of new construction or renovation budgets of public buildings be allocated to a public art fund dedicated to the commission, purchase, and maintenance of public art in Chicago.)
Today, CAC is still focused on the needs of artists, but its programming has expanded and evolved. In 2011 they opened their West Loop space on Fulton Market and had space to launch much-needed artist residencies and professional development programs. CAC was the first to offer a residency with a curatorial component (HATCH Projects) and is still one of the only residency programs that offer onsite studio space and a guarantee of a solo exhibition to its 10 BOLT residents. Since then, 60 BOLT artists have had solo shows, 288 HATCH artists have participated in group shows, 2,950 artists have participated in professional development programs, and 24 curators have further developed their curatorial and exhibition making skills.
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