activating heritage conference 2021

Save the dates

April 6th through 10th, 2021

via Zoom

And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect. We are striving to forge our union with purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man. And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know, to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.

Amanda Gorman

Youth Poet Laureate , Excerpt from The Hill We Climb


what is activating heritage?

Activating Heritage is the Alliance’s annual conference. The aim is to provide our Core Members, with access to meaningful, hands-on, capacity building experiences together with a host of scholars, and leaders in the field, through dynamic sessions, presentations, panels, break-out rooms, and workshops.

what is de-colonization?

Decolonization is the undoing of colonialism, or the process whereby a nation establishes and maintains its domination of foreign territories, thereby aiding restorative justice through cultural, psychological and economic freedom.

what does is mean to be anti-racist?

To be anti-racist is to actively oppose racism and to promote racial equity. Activating Heritage 2021, will explore the complex and entangled relationship between resilience in the cultural heritage sector and evolving strategies in anti-racism. The Chicago Cultural Alliance fervently believes that anti-racism practice is key to our resilience, community building, and the relevance of this sector.

how does activating heritage work?

 United with a diverse and accomplished array of panelists, moderators, community stakeholders, and industry professionals, we will delve into broader and deeper conversations surrounding advocacy, fundraising, museum collections, preservation, programming, digitizing, virtual exhibitions, education, and the next generation of arts and cultural heritage professionals.

what can i expect at this conference?

Session areas often include museum collection care, digitization, programming, exhibition, fundraising, advocacy, marketing, and outreach. While sessions will engage participants in difficult yet stimulating dialog, they will also involve practical skill building, networking, and opportunities to meet with industry professionals.



If you have any questions or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email Andrew Leith: [email protected]