Exclusive Member Discount: $45 Broadway Chicago Tickets

Exclusive Member Discount: $45 Broadway Chicago Tickets

Our friends at Broadway Chicago have reached out again with an exclusive offer for Members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance: $45 tickets for Fiddler on the Roof at the Cadillac Palace Theater, in town for one week only, May 17-22. Buy tickets here and use code ROOF45 at checkout.

*Offer valid on May 17, 18(mat/eve), & 19 performances. Offer ends Thursday, May 19 at 7:30PM. Valid on middle balcony seating locations only. Subject to availability. Not valid with any other offers or previously purchased tickets. No exchanges or refunds. Normal ticketing fees apply. Other restrictions may apply.


Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.

The original production won ten Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.

Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!


May 17 – 22


Scholarships available for “Practical Digital Preservation on a Shoestring: Triage for the Underfunded” Workshop

Scholarships available for “Practical Digital Preservation on a Shoestring: Triage for the Underfunded” Workshop

The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB) is hosting Practical Digital Preservation on a Shoestring: Triage for the Underfunded for 25 Illinois archivists and archival volunteers. This four hour online course, taught over two 2-hour sessions, will be held on May 16 and 18, 2022 from 1-3:00 pm. The course is presented by LYRASIS.

This course will help participants develop a pragmatic approach to digital preservation, including how to implement a practical workflow for triaging digital materials in your care. The focus will be on low-cost and free tools and services and the instructor will demonstrate these tools in action through a full life-cycle workflow.ISHRAB and its representatives will award scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis until all 25 seats have been filled. The completed application form may be submitted by U.S. mail, FAX, or email. All decisions made by the ISHRAB and its representatives will be final.Applications are available at https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ilsos.gov/publications/pdf_publications/ard175.pdf__;!!Dq0X2DkFhyF93HkjWTBQKhk!CY9UChiHPIcBH6jk_AsUCQVRcyfndtAimEo2zUB05PDZrp4NWuFR57BFQcjny511SzTVwmRpIuINYY0vqbGw5laE$ .Funds for this opportunity are provided by a State Board Programming Grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.If you have any questions or to submit an application, please contact:David Joens, DirectorIllinois State ArchivesMargaret Cross Norton Bldg.Capitol ComplexSpringfield, IL 62756217-782-3492217-524-3930 (fax)[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]

Archives Crawl at the Swedish American Museum: April 28

Archives Crawl at the Swedish American Museum: April 28

Just a few spots left for our April Archives Crawl! Join us at the Swedish American Museum on Thursday, April 28 at 1pm to learn about their archives and share your own challenges, opportunities, and triumphs with your fellow curators and archivists!

This event will take place at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640. There is a parking lot available at the corner of Foster and Ashland, a block from the museum.

Because space in the archive is very limited, this event will be capped at 10 participants.

Participants are required to bring and wear a mask to this event.


20% off Chicago Opera Theater tickets for Alliance Members

20% off Chicago Opera Theater tickets for Alliance Members

Chicago Opera Theater has shared a special deal for our Members, check it out:

We’re preparing for our world premiere of Quamino’s Map and would love to invite members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance to join us with a special offer.
Tickets start at $20

Here is a 20% off code for ticket levels A-E: MAP20

Buy tickets here

The show will be at the Studebaker Theater from April 23-May 1.

Why this production is special:

The entire creative team of Quamino’s Map is made up of women who are trailblazers in their field. Composer Errollyn Wallen is the first Black female composer to have a piece performed at the BBC Proms – and the first to be commissioned by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Librettist Deborah Brevoort is co-founder of Theater Without Borders. The conductor, Jeri Lynne Johnson, breaks barriers by being the first African-American female conductor in many opera houses worldwide. Finally, director Kimille Howard is co-founder of the Black Classical Music Archive and artistic director of the Lucille Lortel Theatre’s NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship.

The Story:

The year is 1780, the place is London, England. The British lost the War of Independence in the American colonies. Juba Freeman fled a Carolina plantation where he was enslaved to fight alongside the British against his American oppressors. Later Juba arrives in London and tries to build a new life for himself. He meets Amelia Alumond, an idealistic, young, upper-class Black woman involved in a charity to help the ex-slaves who have arrived on England’s shores. Based on historical events, the opera takes us into the worlds of these two little-known Black communities in England during the late 18th century. Quamino’s Map is an opera about the enduring pull of freedom and the ends to which people will go to achieve it.

Celebrate the Meaning and Art of Ukrainian Pysanky

Celebrate the Meaning and Art of Ukrainian Pysanky

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Recently, I joined a workshop on the art of Ukrainian pysanky hosted by the Ukrainian National Museum, a Core Member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance. At the workshop, every participant created their own pysanka, a traditional Ukrainian Easter egg. Afterwards, I spoke with the workshop’s host, Anna Chychula, about this traditional art form from Ukraine. She also shared with me the story of a special “Resilience Pysanka” that she created in partnership with the Chicago Cultural Alliance, the Field Museum, and the Ukrainian National Museum.

The Meaning and Art of Ukrainian Pysanky

A pysanka (plural: pysanky) is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist (batik) method, according to Chychula. The name comes from the verb pysaty or “to write,” because the designs are “written” on the egg with beeswax using a tool called a kystka. The raw eggs are colored with dyes, and the wax is melted away, leaving vibrant, intricate patterns. At the end, each egg is carefully hollowed out and preserved, making them delicate, beautiful talismans.

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An artist writing a pysanka with a kystka. Photo from Canva.

Many legends and traditions surround the pysanky. Anna explains that one common belief is that with every pysanka created, a link is added to a great chain that binds evil (in the form of a great dragon) and helps prevent it from wreaking havoc on the world. Therefore, the pysanka is a powerful symbol of hope and renewal.

Sharing the Art of Ukrainian Pysanky

Anna teaches workshops and shares her art online. She explains that she learned the art of Ukrainian pysanky from her mother as a child. “It’s just a part of my culture,” she explains. “But then in high school it became more about showing off my talents, and I started to do it more and more.”

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Anna helps prepare students’ pysanky at a workshop at the Ukrainian National Museum in April 2022. Photo by Marie Rowley

Now she sees it as a vital way to share her Ukrainian culture. Every workshop is taught “as a mini-immersion into Ukrainian culture,” she explains, not just a crafting how-to. “My pysanky are my ambassadors,” she says. “People come to admire them and then I can ask, ‘What are your Easter traditions?’ I get to connect with people at that level, and talk about the things that unite us.”

The Origin of the Resilience Pysanka

In 2020, the Field Museum partnered with many cultural organizations in Chicago, including the Chicago Cultural Alliance, to begin an effort called the Pandemic Collection. The Pandemic Collection is “an ongoing project to document the ways that COVID-19 is transforming our relationships to one another, to our homes and landscapes, to the ways we care for ourselves and others, to powers that are greater than us, and to new powers that pandemic living has let us access.” 

When the Alliance reached out to Lydia Tkaczuk, the director of the Ukrainian National Museum, about participating in the project, she knew they wanted to do something a little different. The pysanka, a symbol of renewal and hope, became an obvious choice for their contribution to the collection. She contacted Anna about designing a special Resilience Pysanka for the Pandemic Collection.

The Design and Symbolism of the Resilience Pysanka

Drawing on her decades of experience sharing the art of Ukrainian pysanky, Anna began by carefully planning out a design that was steeped in meaning and symbolism.

One element she chose was 40 triangles. In traditional Ukrainian pysanky design, a prayer for protection is said with each triangle written on the egg, and 40 is a sacred number. Anna also incorporated the design element of the Berehynia, or mother goddess. Like nature itself, she can be positive or negative, making this symbol particularly resonant in 2020.

(Image on left: One of Anna’s sketches, planning the design of the Resilience Pysanka. Courtesy of Anna Chychula.)

Anna also chose the colors for the Resilience Pysanka with care. Every color in a traditional Ukrainian pysanka has meaning, and this one was no different. White symbolizes purity, yellow represents wisdom, and so on. Anna explains that she did not use any black in the pysanka, because she wanted all the colors to represent only positive emotions and resilience.

The progression of colors in the Resilience Pysanka from lightest to darkest, as Anna created it. Courtesy of Anna Chychula.

Anna also chose the colors for the Resilience Pysanka with care. Every color in a traditional Ukrainian pysanka has meaning, and this one was no different. White symbolizes purity, yellow represents wisdom, and so on. Anna explains that she did not use any black in the pysanka, because she wanted all the colors to represent only positive emotions and resilience.

In the end, Anna created two pysanky in this design, with nearly identical colors. One was donated to the Field Museum’s Pandemic Collection, and the other remains in the Ukrainian National Museum.

(Image on left: The finished Resilience Pysanka, on a hollow 3 ⅞ inch goose egg. Courtesy of Anna Chychula.)

The Resilience Pysanka Takes on New Meaning

In February 2022, Anna and the staff of the Ukrainian National Museum were invited to the Field Museum to view the Resilience Pysanka on display in the main exhibition hall. The day before their visit, Russia invaded Ukraine. 

Lydia Tkaczuk (Ukrainian National Museum Director), Maria Klimchak (Ukranian National Museum Curator), and Anna Chychula at the Field Museum. Courtesy of Anna Chychula

“It was surreal,” Anna says. “Very poignant and moving, but surreal.” When planning the pysanka two years ago for the Pandemic Collections project, she knew other artists were making designs that referenced COVID directly. “I didn’t want to put a mask design on the pysanka though,” she explains. “I was digging deeper, thinking about the meaning of resilience. So now it’s like it happened just like it was supposed to. It speaks for the resilience of Ukraine in this different way. It symbolizes that we will prevail, we will find a way through.”

Very special thanks to Anna Chychula for sharing her story and her beautiful art and culture with me. 

Marie Rowley, Marketing and Communications Manager