Pritzker hosts arts forum March 31

West Town residents willing to set aside a Saturday morning will play a role in setting Chicago's arts priorities.

Attracting standing-room crowds in the early going, the Chicago Cultural Plan hearings seek creative ideas for a cultural master plan. One of the town-hall meetings is set for 10 am to noon March 31 at Pritzker School, 2009 W. Schiller St.

The Cultural Affairs and Special Events department, reorganized in this year's budget cuts, is using corporate donations to conduct the survey. Its mandate is broad, touching on city facilities, school curriculum, festivals and international tourism. Critics are pushing for big plans and brass-tacks talk on paying for them.

Ideas are being collected on a city website and via social media too, but the town hall across from Wicker Park will connect culture-minded neighbors face to face.

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