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Mayor appoints new members to city's cultural advisory council
2020-01-14

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The Chicago City Council 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.

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.

New council members include:

—Paola Aguirre Serrano, founding principal, Borderless Studio

—Alison Cuddy, artistic director, Chicago Humanities Festival

—Sandra Delgado, theater artist, writer, actor and producer

—Amina J. Dickerson, president, Dickerson Global Advisors

—Juan Dies, co-founder and executive director, Sones de Mexico 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 of the 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

—Cesareo J. Moreno, chief curator and 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 and 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


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