conference schedule

 

9:00am-11:00am: Welcome

9:00am – 9:30am Doors Open: Check In & Catered Breakfast

9:30am – 9:45am Brief introductory remarks by CCA Executive Director Dr. Mónica Félix

9:45am – 10:45am Featured panel: “Grants for Cultural Heritage Institutions”

10:45am – 11:00am Break (coffee/tea); registrants head to other breakout rooms

11:00am - 12:00pm Panel: “At Risk Collections - Two Case Studies”

This panel will present the stories of two cultural heritage organizations with collections that were (or
currently are) at risk. Panelists will discuss the history behind the collection, what efforts have been made, and plans
for the future. The panel is designed to lead to further conversation about efforts that worked, what could have
changed, and also connect with area archivists & funders who might have ideas for any other cultural heritages
institutions who are in a similar position.

Moderator: Dr. Rebecca Amato (Illinois Humanities / CCA Board of Directors)

11:00am - 12:00pm: “Leadership Workshop for CCA Members”

Panelist 1: Ellen Placey Wadey (Program Director)
Organization: Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
Focus: The GDDF’s grants available for Broadening Narratives.
Panelist 2: Dave Joens (Coordinator of ISHRAB)
Organization: Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB)
Focus: Historical Grants Program
Panelist 3 – Teresa Davis (Director of Strategic Partnerships)
Organization: Illinois Arts Council Agency / IACA)
Focus: General operating support
Panelist 4 – Mark Hallett (Director of Grants Programs)
Organization: Illinois Humanities
Focus: Various grant – Action, Vision, Multiplier, and Activate History

Panelist 1: Ashley Dequila (FAHSC Board Member)
Organization: Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago (FAHSC – CCA Core Member)
Context: The FAHSC once had a museum, then were forced to shut down. Ms. Dequilla will talk about the
emergency efforts to relocate, store, triage, and catalogue the collection. She will then discuss lesson
learned, collaborators, next steps.
Panelist 2: Marite Plume (Executive Director)
Organization: Latvian Folk Art
This organization also once had a building with exhibits presenting the story of Latvian immigration to
Chicago. The museum closed and the collection is now stored in her home. She will discuss the series of
events that led to this, efforts to catalogue and preserve the collections, and recent developments for
storage and new collaborations.

Description: This is a roundtable designed for executive staff members of CCA member organizations. The topic will be:
succession planning.

11:00am - 12:00pm Panel: “Getting Started with Digitization”

This panel is designed for centers of cultural heritage that are interested in digitizing photo or document
archives. They will see existing models for this, discuss equipment needs, hosting, metadata, volunteer training, and
related topics.

Panelist 1: Jeanne Long (Executive Director)

Organization: Chicago Collections Consortium
Panelist 2: Jennifer Dalzin (Director of Digital Initiatives and Services – pending confirmation)
Organization: Newberry Library

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch Break

Lunch will be catered

1:00pm - 2:00pm Panel: “Low-Cost Solutions to Collections”

Moderator: Dr. Paul Durica (Chicago History Museum)

Panelist 1: Andrew Leith
Former CCA Travelling Collections Manager & Former Field Museum
Panelist 2: Jacob Campbell (Lead Environmental Society Scientist / Adjunct Curator of Anthropology)
Organization: Field Museum
Panelist 3: Andrea Gardner (Senior Director of Collections & Curatorial Affairs) – pending confirmation
Organization: Toledo Museum of Art

1:00pm - 2:00pm Panel: “Round tables: Nonprofit Jobs for Students”

This event is designed to provide students and early career professionals with the opportunity to meet
with nonprofit professionals in a variety of positions in a low-stakes setting. During these conversations, they are
welcome to ask about a typical day, what skills are desirable, and what professional networks they should join.

Anticipated participants from the following types of nonprofit positions:
Dr. Mónica Félix (CCA Executive Director)
John Russick (CCA President)

Organization: Chicago Collections Consortium
Panelist 2: Jennifer Dalzin (Director of Digital Initiatives and Services – pending confirmation)
Organization: Newberry Library

Panelist 1: Andrew Leith
Former CCA Travelling Collections Manager & Former Field Museum
Panelist 2: Jacob Campbell (Lead Environmental Society Scientist / Adjunct Curator of Anthropology)
Organization: Field Museum
Panelist 3: Andrea Gardner (Senior Director of Collections & Curatorial Affairs) – pending confirmation
Organization: Toledo Museum of Art

  • Executive Director
  • Curator
  • Marketing Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Development Officer
1:00pm - 2:00pm Panel: “Marketing and Strategy Tips for Cultural Nonprofits”

Main Panelist & Facilitator: Demetrio Cardona-Maguigad

Founder of LimeRed and current CCA Board Director

2:00pm - 2:10pm: Coffee/Tea Break

Participants will move to main area for keynote.

2:10pm - 3:00pm: Keynote Address

The CCA has invited a number of prominent individuals in the arts and cultural space to present at the Activating Heritage conference in the past. We are still finalizing conversations and should be able to confirm the keynote soon.

3:00pm - 3:10pm: Breakout Room Recess

Registrants relocate to breakout rooms.

3:10pm - 4:10pm Panel: “Media Relations for Cultural Heritage Institutions”

The panel is designed for small cultural centers to learn more about how to pitch stories for television coverage, news articles, radio segments, and local blogs.

Moderator: Paul Durica (Chicago History Museum)

Panelist 2: Monica Eng
Organization: Axios
Panelist 3: Chris Borrelli
Organization: Chicago Tribune
Panelist 4: Rick Kogan
Organization: Chicago Tribune / WGN Radio
Panelist 5: Laura Washington
Organization: Chicago Tribune / WTTW
Panelist 6: Diana Palomar
Organization: ABC7
Panelist 7: Geoffrey Baer
Organization: WTTW

3:00pm - 4:10pm: “Getting Started with Collecting Oral Histories”

This popular panel serves as an introduction for individuals and organizations to collecting an archive of oral histories from community members. Panels will provide examples, talk about the process, and give solid recommendations for equipment/hosting/questions/misc.

Moderator: Dr. Rebecca Amato (Illinois Humanities / CCA Board Member)

Panelist 1: Mary Doi
Organization: Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS)
Panelist 2: Peter Alter
Organization: Chicago History Museum
Moderator: Rebecca Amato

3:00pm - 4:10pm Panel: “Grassroots Fundraising and Mutual Aid Models”

Moderator: Dr. Alyssa Greenberg (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Alliance / CCA Board Member)

Participating panelists expected from the following organizations:

Panelists will discuss other ways in which small to medium-size organizations can garner support and raise funds. This is intended to expand the conversation beyond grant writing and conventional fundraising.

Museum Workers Speak
Chicago Community Bond Fund
Chicago Community Jail Support
Trash People / The Parlor

 

4:10pm - 4:20pm: Registrants relocate to main area for final remarks
4:20pm - 5:00pm: An Interactive Discussion of Highlights from the Conference & Closing Remarks

Facilitator 1: John Russick (CCA President)
Facilitator 2: Dr. Mónica Félix (CCA Executive Director)
Facilitator 3: Dr. Alyssa Greenberg (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Alliance / CCA Board Member)

MEET OUR PANELISTS

-More speakers to be announced-

Ashley Dequilla

Filipino American National Historical Society

MARK Hallett

Director of Grants Programs, Illinois Humanities

Dave Joens

 Director of the Illinois State Archives

Peter Alter

 Chicago History Museum’s Gary T. Johnson Chief Historian and Director, Studs Terkel Center for Oral History.

Karen Christianson

Director of Public Programs and Adult Education at the Newberry Library