The city announced yesterday that it will recognize “exemplary Chicago artists and arts institutions” with the Fifth Star Awards, a new honor that’ll be presented in a free program at the Pritzker Pavilion on September 17.
The program will feature “a diverse lineup of performances,” and will coincide with the start of the Expo Chicago art fair.
According to the announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the awards program will celebrate “the city’s art, architecture, dance, music and theater legacy.”
Fifth Star is a reference to the city flag, which will continue to sport just four stars. There will, however, be five winners.
You can’t apply for this honor, but you might be able to do a little lobbying: a city spokesperson said winners will be picked by “DCASE and select members of the Cultural Advisory Council.” The Cultural Advisory Council is appointed by Emanuel and chaired by former mayoral daughter Nora Daley; members are listed here.
Theaster Gates and Jeanne Gang are both on that membership list, so there’s a chance the council will have to look past them.
But don’t bet on it.