Save the date for Mosaic:


Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602


What have we inherited, and what will we pass down? For us at the Chicago Cultural Alliance and all of our members and partners, these questions are essential to connecting the next generation of cultural advocates to our cultural heritage - and passing down to them what we ourselves have inherited.

As we enter our 10th anniversary year, help us recognize the region’s cultural leaders, heritage museums, and cultural centers as we look to the future, and to ensuring our cultures and experiences continue to grow in this uniquely multicultural city.

Honoring the very first founders of the Chicago Cultural Alliance:



Alaka Wali is curator of North American Anthropology in the Science and Education Division of The Field Museum.  She was the founding director of the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change from 1995- 2010.  During that time, she pioneered the development of participatory social science research and community engagement processes based in museum science.

She curates the North American collection and works closely with colleagues in the Keller Science Action Center to implement environmental conservation programs in both Chicago and the Amazon regions of Peru. Her research focuses on the relationship between art and the capacity for social resilience. Alaka was born in India and maintains strong ties to her birth homeland.





Rosa M. Cabrera, PhD is the director of the UIC Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center. She earned her Doctorate in Anthropology and B.A. in Design from UIC. Prior joining UIC, Dr. Cabrera was at The Field Museum where she led the Cultural Connections program for nine years and steered the formation of the Chicago Cultural Alliance in 2006, serving on the CCA board from 2008 to 2017.

At the Field, Dr. Cabrera also conducted research in various Chicago neighborhoods to better understand how cultural values and traditions impact residents’ understanding and practice of eco-friendly activities. She has talked extensively on the role of ethnic museums and cultural centers in shaping community identity–which was the topic of her dissertation–and collaborated with the museum and arts communities in national projects such as the Immigration Sites of Conscience Network, Americans for the Arts’ New Community Visions, and the Humanities Action Lab.

Dr. Cabrera is a 1.5 generation immigrant from Cuba who arrived with her mother in Chicago during a grey, snowy day.



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