Contact: Falk Associates, 773.883.2580

The rich diversity of Chicago families will be showcased through evolving exhibits at area museums, beginning with the May 1st debut of “Community as Family” presentation at the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center on May 1. Co-created with teams of community-based cultural institutions, this collaboration with the Indo-American Museum and the Haitian American Museum of Chicago looks at how separate migrants create family among their fellow immigrants through socials clubs and community associations. This precedes the launch of the Families virtual exhibit online on May 14, 2015.

The official kick-off of the six-month project will be the annual Mosaic fund-raiser on May 21, featuring Youth/Family Identity performers. Scheduled throughout the May-October exhibit are three [3] panel discussions and three [3] dialogue programs. A complete timeline and exhibit description with opening dates is:

  • MAY 16: “Rites of Passage”, CHINESE-AMERICAN MUSEUM OF CHICAGO, 238 W 23rd Street. In collaboration with the Ethiopian Community Center of Chicago and UIC African-American Cultural Center, this exhibit looks at family traditions connected to important life stages and how these traditions have travelled within their respective communities as well as how families are strengthened and challenged by their maintenance.
  • MAY Date TBD: Civic Engagement Dialogue: Marae Encounters – Part 1, “We Are Family”, FIELD MUSEUM, 1400 S Lake Shore Drive. The Filipino American Historical Society and the Trickster Art Gallery introduces the anthropological concept of “family” and explores cultural traditions and differences through a series of Marae Encounters based on Maori tradition.
  • MAY Date TBD: “Youth”, SEGUNDO RUIZ BELVIS CULTURAL CENTER, 4046 W Armitage. The Korean American Cultural & Resource Center and National Public Housing Museum come together to explore cultural identities and community issues affecting youth today through drumming, spoken word and theater.
  • JUNE Date TBD: “Home/Place/Identity”, SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSEUM, 5211 N Clark Street. In collaboration with the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Japanese American Service Committee, the National Public Housing Museum, The UIC Gender & Sexualities Center and the UIC Women’s Leadership & Resource Center, this exhibit explores the politics of family and home. External examples such as forced relocation, red-lining, and the public housing policy and internal issues like gender expectations and the politics of domestic labor. Intimate memories, expressions and personal journeys are also captured and shared at the additional satellite exhibit sites.
  • JUNE Date TBD: “Immigration/Migration”, CASA MICHOACAN, 1638 S Blue Island. The UIC Rafael Cintron Ortiz Latino Cultural Center and additional program partners explore migrant and immigrant journeys and motivations through art and storytelling.
  • JUNE Date TBD: Civic Engagement Dialogue: Marae Encounters – Part 2, “We Are Family”,   FIELD MUSEUM, 1400 S Lake Shore Drive. The Filipino American Historical Society and the Trickster Art Gallery exhibit continues with Marae Encounter based on Maori tradition.
  • JULY Date TBD: Heritage Maters Panel I: Family & Public Place” in partnership with Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network as part of the “Housing/Home/Identity” program at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N Clark Street.
  • JULY  Date TBD: Civic Engagement Dialogue 3. Youth Community Tours & Dialogues are hosted by the Swedish American Museum [5211 N Clark Street] as part of their “Housing/Home/Identity” program.
  • JULY Date TBD: Food Traditions and Rituals Event, CHINESE-AMERICAN MUSEUM OF CHICAGO, 238 W 23rd Street.
  • OCTOBER Date TBD: “We Are Family” Full Exhibit Reception & Community Encounters Finale, FIELD MUSEUM, 1400 S Lake Shore Drive.

Three pre-project programs will be presented prior to the May launch of the six- location “Chicago’s Families: Where Community Begins.” These are:

  • FEBRUARY 7: Civic Engagement Dialogue I: Family Dialogue on Immigration, CASA MICHOACAN, 1638 S Blue Island
  • MARCH 31: “Family Fun”, CCA COMMUNITY COLLECTIONS ONLINE,  http://ccacommunitycollections.omeka.net/. Virtual preview of exhibit.
  • APRIL Date TBD: Youth Collaboration Workshop & Open Rehearsal

Contact

  • Yuchia Chang
    Collaborative Exhibits Manager

  • Phone

    312-846-6814

    Email

    info@chicagoculturalalliance.org