Former Cultural Champion Janet Carl Smith – Cultural Connections Ep. 3

Former Cultural Champion Janet Carl Smith – Cultural Connections Ep. 3

“I wanted to be in the places, where I would be the one who could speak up and say  ‘Have you thought about the arts? ‘ “

Janet Carl Smith is an ardent supporter of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, recipient of the Alliance’s Cultural Champion Award in 2014, and has been an ally for the arts and culture community in Chicago for many years. You can learn about how she used her positions over the years to advocate for the arts in the spaces that not everyone can access and why you should do the same!

Check out this episode of Cultural Connections featuring Janet Carl Smith and as always, Chicago Cultural Alliance executive director Peter Vega on our YouTube Channel or listen wherever you get your podcasts.

The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s Board of Directors pledged to match dollar for dollar donations up to $5,000 until Giving Tuesday on December 1st. Your gift of makes double the impact when you support the Chicago Cultural Alliance today.

#Giving Tuesday Member Roundtable

#Giving Tuesday Member Roundtable

Don’t miss the Alliance’s #GivingTuesday Roundtable

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 12 pm on YouTube


On December 1, 2020, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities and change our world. Will you be one of them?

The Chicago Cultural Alliance will be participating in #GivingTuesday by hosting a Member Storytelling Roundtable. We want to give Members the opportunity to tell you about the struggles they have had this year and how the Alliance has helped them. The Roundtable will premiere on our YouTube Channel and an extended audio – only version will premiere as a part of the Cultural Connections Podcast on all podcast streaming platforms.

By joining us for this event, you’re proving that in times of uncertainty, generosity can bring the whole world together.

Here is how you can participate:

1. Mark your calendar by RSVPing to this event here.

2. Give. On December 1, go to and donate. You can also support our organization in other ways by visiting our Support Page.

3. Spread the word. Encourage your friends and family to join you in creating real impact on December 1 by sharing what our mission means to you and why you support our organization. Make sure to use hashtag #GivingTuesday and tag us so we can share!

Let’s rally together to create a more inclusive Chicago.

Cultural Connections Episode 2 w/ Soo Lon Moy!

Cultural Connections Episode 2 w/ Soo Lon Moy!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, racism towards the Asian American Community  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. 

Learn more about the history of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago through our interview with Soo Lon Moy, this year’s Outstanding Community Leader

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, we must acknowledge the direct impact on Chicago’s over 40 cultural heritage centers, museums, and historical societies. The long term financial stability of these important community-based organizations is in question. Many are still providing resources to their communities such as elder care and food relief. Others are working diligently to engage their constituents who are staying home. Continued engagement with their community is not only important to the stability of these organizations but now more than ever Chicagoans need to be uplifted by cultural enrichment and immersed in an ethos of mutual respect.

Cultural Connections replaces our annual MOSAIC Gala and Fundraiser. Help us to create a more inclusive Chicago as we work towards a goal of $50,000 by making a donation today.

Cultural Connections is now LIVE!

Cultural Connections is now LIVE!

Welcome to Cultural Connections: Stories of Resilience!

Our first guest is Angel Ysaguiree, our 2020 Cultural Champion Awardee. Angel moved to the US from Belize when he was 12 years old and has been an exceptional cultural leader in Chicago for 24 years. Although we were unable to celebrate him in May, we invited him to participate in our Cultural Connections podcast to share thoughts on the future of the Arts & Culture Sector. 

The future is bright. 

The breadth and depth in conversation

 on equity in the arts happening right now

 is one that has not been heard before. 

Your support of the Alliance and our mission has never been more vital. At the Alliance, our members stand together as a positive force – building cultural understanding and solidarity, protecting and promoting the diverse immigrant and native cultural institutions that make Chicago unique.

Experience Chicago culture virtually!

Experience Chicago culture virtually!

Now has never been a better time for innovation and creativity and our members have proven to be just that! With the our world experiencing a more digital lifestyle, you can now explore Chicago’s remarkable cultural centers, museums, and organizations… virtually!

If you’re running out of ideas for things to do during the pandemic, this is the perfect option! Grab your friends and family and check out everything from online art collections to virtual video tours. These organizations have created a path for us to see Chicago in a new way, all from the comfort of our own homes. Check out the list below for participating cultural organizations and explore all that Chicago culture has to offer!