about activating heritage 2021

what is activating heritage?

 Activating Heritage is the Alliance’s annual conference. The aim is to provide museum and culture heritage professionals and our Core Members with access to meaningful, hands-on, capacity building experiences together with a host of scholars, and leaders in the field, through dynamic sessions, presentations, panels, break-out rooms, and workshops.

the theme of anti-racism and inclusion

what is heritage?

Heritage is the values, traditions, culture, food, and artifacts handed down from generation to generation. By leaning into heritage, we learn lessons of inclusivity, creativity, resilience, and strength. 

what does it mean to be anti-racist?

To be anti-racist is to actively oppose racism and to promote racial equity. Activating Heritage 2021, will explore the complex and entangled relationship between resilience in the cultural heritage sector and evolving strategies in anti-racism. The Chicago Cultural Alliance fervently believes that anti-racism practice is key to our resilience, community building, and the relevance of this sector.

how do we define inclusivity?

Inclusivity is the practice of providing equitable access to opportunities and resources for all people, especially those who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized. The Alliance is dedicated to curating a culture of equity and inclusion in Chicago, and Activating Heritage is one of the many ways we do just that. 

what is de-colonization?

Decolonization is the undoing of colonialism, or the process whereby a nation establishes and maintains its domination of foreign territories, thereby aiding restorative justice through cultural, psychological and economic freedom.

about the chicago cultural alliance

The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s mission is to connect, promote, and support centers of cultural heritage for a more inclusive Chicago.

We are an active consortium of over 40 Chicago-area cultural heritage museums, centers, and historical societies that span 30 neighborhoods and 9 suburbs in the Chicago area and represent over 30 different cultures from around the world.

Our vision is a city where all communities have a voice, and cross-cultural dialogue and collaboration are an integral part of Chicago’s civic fabric.