The Adler Planetarium's Astrographics will kick off Art on theMART’s 2020 program alignment with the 2020 Year of Chicago Music, a city-wide celebration of Chicago’s music community spearheaded by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), to present never-before-seen, multi-sensory projections honoring the future of music-making in Chicago on a grand scale.
The launch of the projection on May 16 will align with the City of Chicago’s Chicago Riverwalk opening celebration.
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2020 as the Year of Chicago Music. This citywide, year-long focus on music is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. The City of Chicago and its partners working with the local music industry will launch a marketing campaign for Chicago music; provide additional financial grants for musicians and music projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the music industry. A signature event of the Year is “Chicago In Tune,” a new 18-day, citywide celebration of music from May 21 – June 7, 2020. For updates, visit yearofchicagomusic.org and chicago.gov/music, and join the conversation on social media using #YearofChicagoMusic, #ChicagoMusic and #ChicagoInTune.
“Music is our universal language and the common thread that ties people together across geography, culture, and time. As the birthplace of gospel, house, urban blues, and modern jazz—not to mention home to one of the world’s great classical orchestras—Chicago’s sounds and melodies reflect the diversity and dynamism of the people and communities we all call home,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “From our independent music clubs, neighborhood venues, street festivals, and concert halls, the Year of Chicago Music will showcase our thriving music scene on stages and street corners across every one of our 77 neighborhoods, celebrating the distinct rhythm of Chicago’s musical voice.”
The Year of Chicago Music follows the success of 2017, 2018 and 2019 initiatives celebrating Chicago’s public art, its creative youth and its vibrant theatre scene. Its mission is to place a spotlight on Chicago’s music landscape – one of the most influential and dynamic musical sectors on the globe – highlighting its legacy, expanding its audience and strengthening the sector.
“During the Year of Chicago Music, DCASE and our partners are committed to showcasing the incredible musicians that call Chicago home. With this initiative we hope to build a citywide culture that sustains our artists and inspires our youth,” said Mark Kelly Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). “Building on the city’s rich music legacy, our artists hone their craft and push genre boundaries to create a cultural destination for music lovers around the world.”