With the New Year approaching and my mood being reflective, I've been thinking about the challenges we will face in 2009.
How will we turn the economy around and strengthen the American spirit? How will Illinois reclaim its political process and reshape its identity? How will we support and protect the most vulnerable despite diminishing resources? How will I lose 5 pounds when Sharon brings me chocolate cookies covered with chocolate-covered cherries?
To talk more about the challenges that the arts face - specifically, the impact of the downturn in the economy on the arts - I sat down with my fearless leader, Illinois Arts Alliance Executive Director Ra Joy.
Before I begin my interview with Ra, I'd like to share my take on Illinois' unique economic and political reality.