About Activating Heritage 2024
what is activating heritage?
Activating Heritage is the Alliance’s annual professional development conference for cultural heritage and non-profit professionals. The conference connects our Core Members and other arts & culture workers from across the Chicago region with meaningful, hands-on, capacity-building experiences facilitated by a host of scholars and leaders in the field, through dynamic presentations, panels, and workshops. We enthusiastically encourage participation from members of the community as well. The conference will also be of interest to students (both undergraduate and graduate), historians, and anyone else interested in learning more about community engagements with culture.
who can attend the conference?
Anyone who works in museums, arts, culture, heritage or non-profit professions may find benefit from the sessions of the conference and from connecting with each other and the Members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance. We enthusiastically encourage participation from members of the community as well. The conference will also be of interest to students (both undergraduate and graduate), historians, and anyone else interested in learning more about community engagements with culture.
how much does it cost to attend?
General Admission: $55.00
Pricing for non-members.
Staff, board, and volunteers from our Member organizations.
Student (non-UIC): $35
Students from undergraduate or graduate programs.
UIC Students/Staff: FREE
Must show ID at registration.
Registration includes access to every session of the conference.
is the conference virtual or in-person?
Our 2024 conference is returning to a fully in-person format. We will be holding the conference at UIC’s Student Center West (828 S Wolcott Ave Suite 242, Chicago, IL 60612).
HOW DO I GET THERE?
The conference is being held at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) in their Student Center West which is located at 828 S Wolcott Ave Suite 242, Chicago, IL 60612.
Driving Directions to Student Center West
From the north/O’Hare Airport: Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94) to the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) westbound and keep to the right; take the second exit from the Eisenhower Expressway‚ which is Ashland Avenue; take Ashland Avenue south to Taylor Street; then go west on Taylor Street to the campus.
From the west: Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to the Ashland Avenue exit; take Ashland Avenue south to Taylor Street; then go west on Taylor Street to the campus.
From the east: Take Harrison Street or Roosevelt Road west to Wood Street. If you take Harrison Street‚ go south on Wood Street to the campus‚ or from Roosevelt Road go north on Wood Street to the campus.
From the south: Take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/I-94) and exit on Roosevelt Road (1200 south). Take a left onto Roosevelt Road. Go west on Roosevelt Road to Wood Street; then go north on Wood Street to the campus.
Parking Near Student West
Metra Stations are a short walk or cab ride from campus. These trains come in from the suburbs.
ABOUT THE CHICAGO CULTURAL ALLIANCE
The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s mission is to connect, promote, and support centers of cultural heritage for a more inclusive Chicago.
We are an active consortium of over 40 cultural heritage museums, centers, and historical societies that span 30 neighborhoods and 9 suburbs in the Chicago area and represent over 30 different cultures from around the world.
Our vision is a city where all communities have a voice, and cross-cultural dialogue and collaboration are an integral part of Chicago’s civic fabric.