Announcing Cultural Connections: A Visual Podcast

Announcing Cultural Connections: A Visual Podcast

Cultural Connections: A Visual Podcast

Hosted by Alliance Executive Director, Peter Vega


Premiere Date: Tuesday, November 10th at 12 PM CT

With Covid-19 re-engineering our world, the Alliance recognizes the importance of sticking to our roots, with our primary focus being to uphold our mission: To connect, promote, and support centers of cultural heritage for a more inclusive Chicago. To do that, we’ve brought back our original name, Cultural Connections, and are using it to curate a platform designed to raise the voices of Chicago’s minority communities.

Each episode, you will hear from a different cultural perspective about a topic related to cultural diversity, inclusion and equity. The theme for our first series of episodes is RESILIENCE.

The Cultural Connections Podcast will be available in video form on the Chicago Cultural Alliance YouTube Channel, and in podcast form on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Podchaser every Tuesday from November 10th to December 22nd.  


“Embracing diversity puts us all in good hands. Allstate is proud to sponsor the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s MOSAIC 2020.”

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS replaces our beloved yearly fundraiser, the MOSAIC Gala. Throughout the podcast, we will hear stories from our honored MOSIAC Awardees and Sponsors, past and present, as we march toward a fundraising goal of $50,000!


Peter Vega

Peter Vega

The podcast is hosted by the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s Executive Director, Peter Vega (he / him). Before working at the Alliance, Peter worked in various roles within the museum industry, including at Museum Hack, The Guggenheim Museum, the Intrepid Museum, the Jewish Museum, and more. His experience extends to visitor services, marketing, and education. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education from Manhattanville College and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from New York University.


For this first series, our guests will be our honored MOSAIC awardees, past and present, and our Alliance sponsors! Unfortunately, due to Covid – 19, the Alliance did not get to hold our yearly MOSAIC Gala. So, in place of the gala, our first series, will highlight the voices of those honored Members, present them with their awards, and share our stories of resilience in the wake of the pandemic.

Soo Lon Moy

Outstanding Community Leader

mosaic 2020

Immediate Past Board President at the Chinese American Museum of Chicago

Kathleen Mcdonald

Outstanding Community Leader

mosaic 2020


former executive director at the mitchell Museum of the american indian

Angel Ysaguirre

cultural champion

mosaic 2020

Executive director at the Court theater

janet carl smith

former cultural champion mosaic 2014

monique brinkman-hill

executive director at the south side community arts center

david farren

Executive Director of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation



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The Alliance Supports Taking Out Racism

During the COVID-19 pandemic, racism towards the API communities (Asian Pacific Islanders) has only increased. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we come together to stand up against social injustices such as this and show our support for these communities.

This is why Chicago Cultural Alliance has partnered with RAAD, Random Acts of API Defiance, for Take Out Racism, a campaign they created in response to the rise of  animosity and xenophobia toward APIs in America from the beginning of COVID-19.

RAAD is a collective of queer API scholars, artists, and designers committed to combating racism through bold creative interventions. Their belief system is entirely built upon not only independent work but also in partnership with ally organizations—to advance equity for all people and amplify the collective voice of underrepresented communities. 

As described on their website: RAAD designed the Take Out Racism campaign as a call-to-action for APIs and their allies to root out discrimination in US politics and culture. Posters are the first in a series of tactical interventions designed to contest the racist identification of Covid-19 as a “Chinese virus,” while overturning the “model minority” myth of APIs more generally. Our campaign hijacks the common association of TAKE OUT with cheap, undifferentiated “Asian cuisine” to foreground the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of APIs in this country. It is both a celebration of API solidarity-in-difference and a call for APIs to TAKE OUT systemic racism alongside other BIPOC communities—defiantly and together. 

In partnership with RAAD’s Take Out Racism campaign, the Alliance will periodically share stories and content from members of the API communities as this relates to our shared mission of equity and cultural inclusion. The work of Chicago Cultural Alliance promotes, connects, and supports 40 cultural heritage centers throughout the city in pursuit of allowing all cultural voices to feel heard and we are proud to support taking out racism.