Activating Heritage Conference 2020

Monday, Feb 17, 2020

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

9603 Woods Dr, Skokie

 Activating Heritage is now not just a conference but an annual workshop and seminar series to continue to build relationships and knowledge throughout the year. This professional development series is intended to deepen learning in key areas based on specific needs brought to us by members of The Alliance.

Registration Rate: $55
Core Member: $35
Partner Member: $45

Activating Heritage is made possible by our generous sponsors:



“From One Generation to the Next”

The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s Activating Heritage conference theme…“From One Generation to the Next” will provide exciting hands on opportunities for your institution to learn how cultural representation in the City of Chicago can be highlighted and enriched to ensure that our diverse voices are never lost.

As we navigate the many challenges of Chicago’s urban community: gentrification, inequitable economic development, and inaccessible public education, we firmly believe that these challenges cannot be addressed without diverse cultural community stakeholders like yourself at the table!

Today, we are inspired by the growth of youth advocates sharing their voices on social change in the United States. Together, the Alliance and its core members are actively exploring ways to elevate the voices of youth in their communities to uplift our next generation of Cultural Allies.


Activating Heritage will be a space for cultural heritage board members, directors, staff, and volunteers to come together to explore how to strategically position  their organizations to be responsive community advocates to address the challenges that face growing cities across the United States. Together with you, The Alliance will work to explore how to effectively focus on engaging our youth to be future leaders and spokespeople for their community.  Join us as we focus on the timely and critical topic of inaccessible public education.

The Alliance is well positioned to take on these challenges and well situated to strengthen cultural representation in education through the Cultural Heritage Curriculum Incubator initiative. Through this exciting educational initiative, cultural heritage institutions will develop authentic and informed curriculum for use by Chicago Public Schools that ensures culture is transmitted from one generation to the next. The 41 cultural heritage institutions of the Chicago Cultural Alliance are uniquely positioned to reform traditional educational practice through a collective first-voice approach.

At the conference, we will bring together Core & Partner Members, cultural heritage professionals, educators, and artists to examine ways to strengthen cultural understanding through shifts in standard educational structures. This work is no small feat and requires strong, sustainable partnerships among community leaders that represent the vibrant cultural landscape of Chicago. Join us and let your ideas and voices be known through invigorating conversations at the keynote and breakout sessions on Monday, February 17th, 2020 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

If you have any questions or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email Peter Vega at [email protected].