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Partnerships and Community Initiatives


Chinese New Year Festival Outside of the Modern Wing at the Art Institute

“We have built an institution for the public, not for the few.”
—Art Institute of Chicago President Charles Hutchinson, 1887

In 1879, our founders embraced a highly populist vision for the museum, making it accessible to all Chicago residents, including new immigrants and young people. Today, a wide range of civic and community partnerships and initiatives across Chicagoland help to catalyze arts participation, encouraging students, artists, scholars, and community members to contribute to the creative life of our city.


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