Monday, July 7, 2008

Chicago Consortium on Olympic Studies Sponsors Local Conference on the Olympic Arts Festival

In a recent press release from Chicago2016.org, Chicago 2016 Chairman and CEO Patrick Ryan welcomes more than 100 Chicago-area arts and culture leaders.

An international symposium, titled "Olympic Arts Festivals: Recent Experiences and Future Designs," has just concluded in Chicago. More than 100 Chicago-area arts and culture leaders, municipal and university officials and Chicago 2016 bid committee personnel met for two days to discuss Chicago's potential contribution to the tradition of staging Cultural Olympiads. The University of Chicago and the newly formed Chicago Consortium on Olympic Studies (CCOS), multidisciplinary body of scholars who study aspects of sports and the Olympic Movement, sponsored the conference.

Conference participants were welcomed by Chicago 2016 Chairman and CEO Patrick Ryan, who is a distinguished arts and education philanthropist. “Chicago has an incredible tradition of cultural institutions and programs. Not only do we have more than 100 ethnic communities, we also have wonderful institutions that promote culture constantly,” Ryan said. Dave Bolger, chief operating officer of Chicago 2016, also spoke at the conference.

Read more at Chicago2016.org.

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