Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
5:30 pm Reception in GAR Hall
6:30 pm Dinner & Program in Preston Bradley Hall

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.

The evening’s program features multicultural performances from Chicago Dance Crash, Subhi, and more, as well as our special awards presentation for the 2018 Cultural Champions and Outstanding Community Leaders, all emceed by ABC 7’s Judy Hsu. The evening’s menu features Cuban-inspired creations by Chef Julius Russell.

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Honoring the very first founders of the Chicago Cultural Alliance:

Alaka Wali, Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. 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.

And the 2018 Outstanding Community Leaders:

Jean Mishima
Japanese American Historical Society

Jean Mishima is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University with degrees in elementary and special education and masters degrees in special education, guidance and counseling and administration. She served over 20 years in Chicago Pubic Schools before retiring in 2001. Jean is one of the original founders of the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, serving as its president since 1997. It was under her leadership that the Historical Society agreed to be one of eight originating partner organizations gathered to launch the Field Museum’s newly formed Cultural Connections program, which 10 years later evolved into the Chicago Cultural Alliance.

Lydia Tkaczuk
Ukrainian National Museum

Lydia Tkaczuk was born in Chicago on November 08, 1950 one month after her parents emigrated to Chicago from a Displaced Person Camp in Germany. Lydia graduated from Notre Dame High, then went on to University of Illinois where she received her Bachelors. Her Library Science MA from Dominican University prepared her for an extremely fruitful 30+ year career as Chief of Library Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 1994the Federal Executive Board of Chicago honored her with the ͞Outstanding Professional Employee of the Year͟ award.



Subhi is a singer/songwriter based in Chicago. She released her debut Hindi Pop Jazz album titled "Shaitaan Dil" (Naughty Heart) in 2017. Her music promotes cross-cultural exchange of creative dialogues. Subhi's songs showcase a blend of her Indian roots and the prominent Jazz culture of Chicago. It was during her travels back and forth between Mumbai and Chicago that she composed the songs that became her debut album.

Chicago Dance Crash

Established in 2002 and lead by artistic director Jessica Deahr, Chicago Dance Crash is one of the premier hip hop/contemporary dance companies in the United States. Boasting an 11-month season of Chicago debuts and national/international tours, Crash blurs the line between art and entertainment with original productions, repertory and freestyles.

American Indian Education Program, Native American Youth

The dance performers are Native American students from various tribes across the USA. They enjoy showcasing their pow-wow dance styles and educating anyone interested to learn more. The dances styles you will see are Jingle Dress dancing for the females and Grass Dancing for the males. All regalia are hand made and designed by students and their families. We have a thriving Native population in Chicago and please feel free to check out our Blog at www.t7kids.wordpress.com for more upcoming events.


Chef Julius Russell.

Chef Julius serves as owner of A Tale of Two Chefs, where he provides Private Chef and Specialty Catering services for high-profile professionals and celebrity clientele like Dwayne Wade, Common and other prominent leaders. In addition to his role at A Tale of Two Chefs, Chef Julius also serves as a contributor for a broad range of national and local television networks such as BET, WGN and FOX Chicago; culinary ambassador for the country of Chile and globally distributed culinary brands; and philanthropist, giving back to youth and family-focused organizations in his hometown of Chicago.


Judy Hsu

Emmy-award winning anchor Judy Hsu returns to Emcee MOSAIC. Judy currently anchors the 11AM News with Terrell Brown and 4PM News with Rob Elgas. Additionally, Judy hosts a long format interview segment that airs on Sunday mornings called "Newsviews". This segment offers unique perspectives from Chicago area newsmakers as they address the issues impacting our community. Judy's roots in the Windy City takes her back to elementary school. Her family immigrated to Chicago from Taiwan when she was 11 years old, living in Chicago's Chinatown, to Rogers Park, to Morton Grove.