Fostering Inclusion and Anti-Racism

Presented by the Chicago Cultural Alliance

What is Activating Heritage?

 Activating Heritage is a series of workshops open to museum and culture professionals, culminating in an annual professional development conference for the members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, cultural heritage students and other professionals. 

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.

Excerpt from "The Hill We Climb"

Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate

What to


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Activating Heritage workshops explore the complex and entangled relationship between resilience in the cultural heritage sector and evolving strategies in anti-racism. Session areas will include museum collection care, digitization, programming, exhibition, fundraising, advocacy, marketing, and outreach.   

Registration for the next Activating Heritage Conference will open in February of 2022.

In the meantime, check out last year’s recorded sessions.

  AH 2021



Activating Heritage is proudly sponsored by: