Monique Brinkman-Hill – Executive Director of the South Side Community Art Center

Monique Brinkman-Hill – Executive Director of the South Side Community Art Center

Have you met Monique?

If not, let us do the honor of introducing you to Monique Brinkman-Hill, who was appointed as South Side Community Art Center’s Executive Director in December 2019. Having to take over just before the start of 2020 and all the twists and turns it had in store, Monique and her team have worked hard to support their organization in its 80th year.

Do you want to hear about what it’s like to serve as a relatively new executive director during a pandemic and learn more about the South Side Community Art Center?

Listen (and/or watch) Monique’s interview with the Alliance’s own new executive director, Peter Vega, in this episode of Cultural Connections!

MOSAIC 2020 Outstanding Cultural Leader – Kathleen McDonald

MOSAIC 2020 Outstanding Cultural Leader – Kathleen McDonald

If you find yourself wondering how people end up working in their field or what it is like to work at a museum, this episode of Cultural Connections is perfect for you! 

Join Executive Director Peter Vega and Kathleen McDonald as they discuss their experiences in the arts/humanities. Kathleen has been active in the world of arts and humanities since her college years (even though it wasn’t her original plan!) and worked her way up the ranks in museums.

Maybe this episode will inspire you or someone you know to get involved at a local museum or heritage center!

We are a month into our Cultural Connections Campaign and we want to thank you for tuning in every week to listen to our members and supporters discuss topics on cultural diversity, inclusion, and equity. So far we have raised a total of $15,000 towards our goal of $50,000. We know we can hit that goal, but we need your help.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to connect, promote, and support centers of cultural heritage for a more inclusive Chicago.

We simply could not do this without you.

Our #GivingTuesday Roundtable is officially LIVE!

Our #GivingTuesday Roundtable is officially LIVE!

Our Giving Tuesday Roundtable is now LIVE! Featuring 

Moderated by WBEZ’s Steve Bynum!

Check out the video above to watch our members discuss the hardships cultural heritage centers have faced in this challenging year and how they are working to keep their organization afloat. 

Don’t forget we need your help as we raise $5,000 to get us towards our goal of $50,000. All donations help fund our unique cross-cultural collaborations such as this Roundtable, and capacity building programs like our Activating Heritage Conference. Giving Tuesday is the year’s biggest donation celebration, and it starts right now! 

Rather listen? Check us out on SpotifyStitcher or anywhere you get your podcasts!

The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s Board of Directors pledged to match dollar for dollar donations up to $5,000 until Giving Tuesday on December 1st. Your gift makes double the impact when you support the Chicago Cultural Alliance today.

Former Cultural Champion Janet Carl Smith – Cultural Connections Ep. 3

Former Cultural Champion Janet Carl Smith – Cultural Connections Ep. 3

“I wanted to be in the places, where I would be the one who could speak up and say  ‘Have you thought about the arts? ‘ “

Janet Carl Smith is an ardent supporter of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, recipient of the Alliance’s Cultural Champion Award in 2014, and has been an ally for the arts and culture community in Chicago for many years. You can learn about how she used her positions over the years to advocate for the arts in the spaces that not everyone can access and why you should do the same!

Check out this episode of Cultural Connections featuring Janet Carl Smith and as always, Chicago Cultural Alliance executive director Peter Vega on our YouTube Channel or listen wherever you get your podcasts.

The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s Board of Directors pledged to match dollar for dollar donations up to $5,000 until Giving Tuesday on December 1st. Your gift of makes double the impact when you support the Chicago Cultural Alliance today.

#Giving Tuesday Member Roundtable

#Giving Tuesday Member Roundtable

Don’t miss the Alliance’s #GivingTuesday Roundtable

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 12 pm on YouTube

 

On December 1, 2020, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities and change our world. Will you be one of them?

The Chicago Cultural Alliance will be participating in #GivingTuesday by hosting a Member Storytelling Roundtable. We want to give Members the opportunity to tell you about the struggles they have had this year and how the Alliance has helped them. The Roundtable will premiere on our YouTube Channel and an extended audio – only version will premiere as a part of the Cultural Connections Podcast on all podcast streaming platforms.

By joining us for this event, you’re proving that in times of uncertainty, generosity can bring the whole world together.

Here is how you can participate:

1. Mark your calendar by RSVPing to this event here.

2. Give. On December 1, go to https://bit.ly/31bgbAP and donate. You can also support our organization in other ways by visiting our Support Page.

3. Spread the word. Encourage your friends and family to join you in creating real impact on December 1 by sharing what our mission means to you and why you support our organization. Make sure to use hashtag #GivingTuesday and tag us so we can share!

Let’s rally together to create a more inclusive Chicago.

Cultural Connections Episode 2 w/ Soo Lon Moy!

Cultural Connections Episode 2 w/ Soo Lon Moy!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, racism towards the Asian American Community  has only increased. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we come together to stand up against social injustices such as this and show our support for these communities. 

Learn more about the history of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago through our interview with Soo Lon Moy, this year’s Outstanding Community Leader

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, we must acknowledge the direct impact on Chicago’s over 40 cultural heritage centers, museums, and historical societies. The long term financial stability of these important community-based organizations is in question. Many are still providing resources to their communities such as elder care and food relief. Others are working diligently to engage their constituents who are staying home. Continued engagement with their community is not only important to the stability of these organizations but now more than ever Chicagoans need to be uplifted by cultural enrichment and immersed in an ethos of mutual respect.

Cultural Connections replaces our annual MOSAIC Gala and Fundraiser. Help us to create a more inclusive Chicago as we work towards a goal of $50,000 by making a donation today.