In a joint effort between the Poetry Foundation and the board of Cook County, Illinois, a brand new museum is set to open in 2017—and it’s all about writers. The organization decided to build the museum in Chicago, which they have called “the most American of American cities.” US lit enthusiasts can vouch for this, considering authors like Ray Bradbury, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, and K.A. Applegate all hail from the windy city. If all goes according to plan, the museum will be opening in the spring of 2017.
Writing is obviously a very broad subject, and the American Writers Museum looks to encompass everything the word represents. They won’t just feature authors; digital journalists, playwrights, screenwriters, poets, and essayists will get equal time in the spotlight. Other kinds of artists are already represented around Chicago, at locations such as the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Chicago Cultural Center.
In addition to the city of Chicago and the Poetry Foundation, the Museum is collaborating with a network of 51 organizations around the country. With this plethora of assistance, they will have the knowledge and resources needed to operate a museum, as well as high quality, constantly rotating events.
Even though the museum has been 5 years in the making, it still has a significant hurdle to jump over in order to be established in 2017 as planned. The board must raise another five million dollars by the end of next year. Even so, they are extremely confident they will meet their goal, and construction on the building will begin in a few months. Will you be making the pilgrimage to Chicago in the near future?
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