- Paola Aguirre Serrano, Founding Principal, Borderless Studio
- Alison Cuddy, Artistic Director, Chicago Humanities Festival
- Sandra Delgado, Theatre Artist, Writer, Actor and Producer
- Amina J. Dickerson, President, Dickerson Global Advisors
- Juan Díes, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Sones de México Ensemble
- Bob Faust, Owner, Faust and Special Projects Director, Nick Cave Studio
- Robert Gomez, Owner, Subterranean/Beat Kitchen/Underbar
- Esther Grisham Grimm, Executive Director, 3Arts
- Tracie D. Hall, Director, Culture Program, Joyce Foundation
- Akilah S. Halley, Executive Director, Marwen
- Tempestt Hazel, Arts Program Officer, Field Foundation of Illinois
- Kevin Iega Jeff, Creative Director, Deeply Rooted Productions
- Ginger Lane, Arts & Culture Project Director, Access Living
- Josephine Lee, President & Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Choir
- Tonika Lewis Johnson, Artist, Folded Map Project
- Bill Michel, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of UChicago Arts and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago
- Heather A. Miller, Executive Director, American Indian Center
- Cesáreo J. Moreno, Chief Curator & Visual Arts Director, National Museum of Mexican Art
- Margaret C. Murphy-Webb, Executive Director & Co-Founder, South Side Jazz Coalition
- Coya Paz, Artistic Director, Free Street Theater
- Claire C. Rice, Executive Director, Arts Alliance Illinois
- Silvia Rivera, Managing Director, Vocalo
- Myrna Salazar, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Chicago Latino Theater Alliance
- David Schmitz, Executive Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
- Jennifer A. Scott, Director & Chief Curator, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Paul J. Sznewajs, Executive Director, Ingenuity
- Vivian Teng, Managing Director, Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival
- Omar Torres-Kortright, Executive Director, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
- Tanner Woodford, Founder & Executive Director, Design Museum of Chicago
- One additional member to be named later
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Mayor Lightfoot Appoints New Members to the Cultural Advisory Council of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (Chicago, IL.)
MAYOR LIGHTFOOT APPOINTS NEW MEMBERS TO THE CULTURAL ADVISORY COUNCIL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
CHICAGO—Chicago City Council today approved the appointments made by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to the Cultural Advisory Council of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), including Council Chair Amina J. Dickerson and Vice Chair Alison Cuddy.
“A robust Chicago arts community inspires us, engages us, questions the status quo, and has the power to bring our diverse city together in conversation around the critical challenges of our day,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “I am grateful to the outgoing members of the Council and excited to bring these new voices to the table, who will work with us to ensure that Chicago remains a vibrant and innovative cultural hub – and that all Chicagoans have equitable access to the arts.”
The entirely new slate of Cultural Advisory Council members will advocate for a vital Chicago arts community and help advance the Mayor’s arts and culture priorities, which include making Chicago livable and affordable for artists and creative professionals, expanding public arts programming to help drive the economic life of our neighborhoods, collaborating with communities and creative industries to engage our artists and expand quality jobs, and expanding equitable access to high-quality arts education for all young people in Chicago.
The appointees are a diverse group of Chicagoans from across the city representing a broad cross-section of arts genres. They include practicing artists, representatives from major cultural organizations, neighborhood and community organizations, and the community at large.
“Mayor Lightfoot has appointed an incredible group of Chicagoans to serve on the reinvigorated Cultural Advisory Council and I am looking forward to working closely with all of them to strengthen the cultural landscape,” said DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly.
The new Cultural Advisory Council will be comprised of the following individuals:
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Monday, January 13, 2020
The widely popular On the Couch series by Alma Bond, Ph.D., has given readers unique and revealing perspectives into the lives of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O, Hillary Clinton and Barbara Streisand as seen through the eyes of fictitious New York psychoanalyst Dr. Darcy Dale.
Dr. Bond’s latest, Meryl Streep: On the Couch , takes us inside the life of this Hollywood icon and political activist who’s been nominated for more than 20 Oscars. Her film-ography reads like a greatest hits from the past 40 years, from Kramer v. Kramer to The Devil Wears Prada and the enchanting Mama Mia! ― Streep has seemingly checked every box. But who is she when the cameras aren’t rolling? Readers are about to find out!
When Streep decides to pay Dr. Darcy Dale a visit, it isn’t for treatment. Streep is preparing for her next role, and she’s come to observe and study Manhattan’s most successful psychoanalyst. The two women strike a deal: Streep will have to undergo psychoanalytic treatment herself as part of her research. What follows is a tale that explores the journey and the psyche of a character whose spell never wears off on fans.
Author Alma H. Bond received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and became a highly successful psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City. She "retired" to become a full-time writer. She has written more than 26 books, including her On the Couch Series, Camille Claudel, a Novel; The Autobiography of Maria Callas, a Novel; Old Age is a Terminal Illness; I Married Dr. Jekyll and Woke Up Mrs. Hyde; On Becoming a Grandparent; and a children's book, The Tree That Could Fly . Dr. Bond also wrote the play, Maria , about the life of Maria Callas.
Her late husband, Rudy Bond, was a well-known actor, appearing in many films such as A Streetcar Named Desire , top Broadway shows and in more than 100 TV shows. He also wrote the book I Rode a Streetcar Named Desire. The Bonds have three children, all of whom have published books, and eight grandchildren, none of whom have published books … yet.
Meryl Streep: On the Couch
Publisher: Bancroft Press
Release Date: December 2019
Available from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and BancroftPress.com