a citywide, intercultural festival of

art,

ideas&

performance

October 1-29, 2017

Inherit Chicago, happening in October 2017, was the first intercultural citywide festival of its kind.

Attendees explored the cultural centers and heritage museums that make Chicago vibrant, the stories that enrich our communities, and the art that brings us together, to experience Chicago’s neighborhoods in a whole new way.

what to

expect &

experience

Inherit Chicago offered Chicagoans and visitors a cultural journey through all of its arts, conversation, and food in a month-long, multi-event festival, happening across 30 neighborhood-based heritage museums and cultural centers – all members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance.

See photos from Inherit Chicago!

All photos by Lydia Hoover for the Chicago Cultural Alliance.

More collaborative programs and events:

Completed Events:

Common Sounds: Chinese, Haitian, and Ukrainian Music Connections

The Chinese American Museum of ChicagoHaitian American Museum of Chicago, & Ukrainian National Museum
Sunday, October 1 at 3pm
Chinese-American Museum of Chicago
238 W 23rd St. Chicago, IL
Admission: $10

Experience the common sounds and instruments of distinct cultures, in collaboration with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago, and Ukrainian National Museum. This music event will showcase the diversity that’s found across three continents: America, Asia, and Europe, while performers bring out the common sounds and instruments of all three cultures creating one unique world culture experience.

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Understanding Indigenous Roots: An Intercultural Discourse between African Americans & Native Americans (Part 1)

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian & South Side Community Art Center
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Stanley Golder Library
3001 Central St. Evanston, IL
Thursday, October 5 at 6:30pm
Admission: $12, $10 for Mitchell Museum Members

In the spirit of Sankofa, that one must remember one’s past to move toward a clear future, explore how indigenous cultures shape our history and identity today, in collaboration with the South Side Community Art Center. Panelists will look beyond the history of removal, slavery and war to tap the best of their indigenous tribal cultures, whether rooted in America or Africa. Audience members are asked to bring an object or story to share that helps them define their own indigenous roots.

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Female Power Models in Indian and Greek Mythology

The National Hellenic Museum & Indo-American Heritage Museum.
Sunday, October 8  at 2 pm
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago, IL 60630
Admission: Free, $10 suggested donation

The National Hellenic Museum and the Indo-American Heritage Museum come together to present a celebration of cultural heritage around the Goddesses of Greek and Indian Mythology, featuring dramatic presentations from both traditions demonstrating how strong women model power for women and girls who yearn for empowerment in the new millennium. Come at 1:30 pm for snacks and crafts before the event!

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Our Leyendas – Legends – Legendy

The OPEN Center for the ArtsPolish Museum of America, & DANK HAUS German American Cultural Center
Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30pm
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
4740 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL
Admission: $10

Ignacio Zaragoza. Friedrich von Steuben. Tadeusz Kosciuszko. Their names sound very different, but share a common trait: they have all become legends.  In this multi-media workshop, in collaboration with the Polish Museum of America and OPEN Center for the Arts, explore what happens when three legendary figures come to life and learn how they are remembered today, exploring issues of cultural heritage, the relation of truth to fantasy, and a community’s need for legends.

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Las Caras Lindas de Borinquen y Quisqueya featuring Joan Soriano: A musical and culinary exploration of the Caribbean

The Segundo Ruiz Belvis Center & Dominican American Midwest Association
Thursday, October 12 at 6pm
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 W Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL

Admission: Free, $10 donation includes food tasting
The oldest Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago joins forces with the Dominican American Midwest Association to bring  to Chicago one of the most established and celebrated artists of the booming Dominican music scene: Joan Soriano. Known for his clean, feathery guitar sound, which punches out rhythmic lines, Soriano is hailed by many as “the finest contemporary exponent of traditional bachata.” Opening for Soriano will be SRBCC’s youth ensemble.

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Common Threads: Chinese, Haitian, and Ukrainian Fashion Connections

Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Haitian American Museum of Chicago, and Ukrainian National Museum
Friday, October 13 at 7pm
Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W Superior St. Chicago, IL
Admission: $10

Join the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Haitian American Museum of Chicago, and Ukrainian National Museum for a panel discussion on the connection of traditional techniques in modern trends from three corners of the world.  Global traditional garments will be showcased on mannequins and models, sharing commonality and influence of the three cultures and providing a new perspective of cultural heritage through clothing.

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Behind the Mask: Real Me

The National Cambodian American Heritage MuseumAmerican Indian Center & INTUIT – the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Saturday, October 14 at 1pm
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
Admission: $15

Explore mask culture in American Indian and Cambodian communities, in collaboration with the American Indian Center and the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial in this half-day workshop. Understand the meaning of the mask and its relevance in contemporary life with mask makers and performers, Narath Tan, Punisa Pov and more, who will share their experience through live demonstrations and storytelling.

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Understanding Indigenous Roots: An Intercultural Discourse between African Americans & Native Americans (Part 2)

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian & South Side Community Art Center
Sunday, October 15 at 3pm
South Side Community Art Center
3831 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL

Admission: $12, $10 for South Side Community Art Center members
An African Proverb states, “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” Join the Southside Community Art Center and Mitchell Museum of the American Indian as we examine and share unique histories and unifying connections of indigenous cultures.  Learn about the implications of African Americans’ passage to the US, world-wide contributions and ethnic tribulations; and the Native Peoples’ presumption of ownership, community pride and intra-tribal challenges in this intercultural panel and discussion.

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3 Continents, 4 Chefs, 1 Dinner: A Unique Celebration of Global Cuisine in Chicago

Sunday, October 15 from 5pm-8pm
Ethiopian Diamond Banquet Room
7545 N Clark St. Chicago, IL
Admission: $50 adults; $25 for children under 12; $40 for seniors 65 and older. Cash bar.

Celebrate the unity in diversity that is Chicago with this unique dinner event with noted Chicago-based chefs who will prepare their signature Chinese, Ethiopian, Haitian and Indian dishes. The evening begins with music and reception. Then, meet the chefs and sit down to a 4-course dinner and dessert. This is a family friendly event. Ticket price includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, tax and gratuity.

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Our Leyendas – Legends – Legendy

The OPEN Center for the ArtsPolish Museum of America, & DANK HAUS German American Cultural Center
Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30pm
The Polish Museum of America
984 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
Admission: $10

Ignacio Zaragoza. Friedrich von Steuben. Tadeusz Kosciuszko. Their names sound very different, but share a common trait: they have all become legends.  In this multi-media workshop, in collaboration with the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center and OPEN Center for the Arts, explore what happens when three legendary figures come to life and learn how they are remembered today, exploring issues of cultural heritage, the relation of truth to fantasy, and a community’s need for legends.

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The Targeted ‘Other’: Shared Experience of Japanese and Arab Americans

The Japanese American Service CommitteeJapanese American Historical Society, & Arab American Action Network
Thursday, October 19 at 7pm
University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St., Rm 302, Chicago, IL
Admission: Free

During WWII, Japanese Americans were targeted for wholesale incarceration and racial discrimination in the name of national security. Now Arab, Muslim, and South Asian Americans are being similarly persecuted and excluded from the definition of what it means to be “American.” Join this discussion with the Japanese American Service Committee, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society and Arab American Action Network to hear personal stories of how communities experienced or are currently living in a society where one’s own culture makes them a target for hatred.

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That Belongs in a Museum!

Irish-American Heritage Center & Casa Michoacán
Friday, October 20 at 6:30pm
Irish American Heritage Center in the Provence Pub
4626 N Knox Ave. Chicago, IL
Admission: Free

Join the Irish-American Heritage Center, Casa Michoacán and That Belongs in a Museum for a special show-and-tell storytelling event infused with Irish and Mexican music! Come ready to tell your own story by bringing a special object, or feel free to just listen and enjoy. No storytelling experience is needed, and stories of all kinds are welcome—happy, sad, funny, serious, ordinary, or extraordinary.

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Music for All Ages

The Swedish American Museum & North Park University
Saturday, October 21 at 4 p.m.
North Park University – Anderson Hall
3225 W. Foster Ave. Chicago, IL
Admission: Free

Come and enjoy music by Swedish American Children’s Choir, Oakdale Christian Academy, Merula and more. The selection of pieces will be a mix of Swedish and American. Music is universal that goes across ages and cultures and connects us all.

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Migration Stories of Inheritance – An Exhibition Opening Event

The Filipino American Historical Society of ChicagoTrickster Art Gallery, & Turkish American Society
Saturday, October 21 at 5pm
Exhibition runs from October 21 to November 4, 2017
Turkish American Society
501 Midway Dr. Mount Prospect, IL

Program Admission: $25 with Turkish dinner; Exhibition only: -Free
One of the most innate connections we as humans share is migration. Join the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, Turkish American Society and Trickster Art Gallery for an evening of storytelling of migration journeys, history and heritage. Learn about the collective cultures as told through the intercultural exhibit that will run at both the Turkish American Society and Trickster Art Gallery until November 4th.

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Galería / Галерея Chicago: Curator Tour and Reception

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art & The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
Sunday, October 22 at 2pm
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL
Exhibition runs October 6-November 26, 2017
Admission: Free

Art is a language that knows no nationality, and GALLERY Chicago will highlight one of the visual languages that artists of Ukrainian and Puerto Rican backgrounds share: abstraction. Experience artists of two vastly different generations and heritages express their unique experiences within their formalism, and reflect on the communities’ cultural legacies as neighbors with the National Museum of Puerto Rican Art & Culture.

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Our Leyendas-Legends-Legendy

Polish Museum of America, OPEN Center for the Arts & DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30pm
OPEN Center for the Arts
2214 S Sacramento Ave. Chicago, IL
Admission: $10

Ignacio Zaragoza. Friedrich von Steuben. Tadeusz Kosciuszko. Their names sound very different, but share a common trait: they have all become legends.  In this multi-media workshop, in collaboration with the Polish Museum of America and DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, explore what happens when three legendary figures come to life and learn how they are remembered today, exploring issues of cultural heritage, the relation of truth to fantasy, and a community’s need for legends.

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Muslim American Journeys: Preserving Heritage and Spotlighting Diverse Voices and Stories.

Thursday, October 26 at 6:30pm
National Hellenic Museum
333 S Halsted St. Chicago, IL
Admission: Free

Personal stories can be a powerful catalyst for change. MALA provides a platform for Americans of Muslim heritage to share diverse narratives that recognizes individuality. In this special program, join MALA for an evening that celebrates this groundbreaking project and participate in a panel discussion with three storytellers.

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Drumming Up Power!

The Hana Center & STOP – Southside Together Organizing for Power
Friday, October 27 at 6 pm
HANA Center
4300 N. California Ave. Chicago, IL
Admission: $10 Suggested Donation

Experience drumming as a vehicle for social justice in this collaboration between Hana Center’s Korean drumming group and STOP: Southside Together Organizing for Power. Take in music and drumming from youth of different backgrounds, who have come together to learn from each other and create a performance that integrates various drumming rhythms and styles with expressive that capture the experiences of young people in Chicago.

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Lost and Found: Stories of Displacement from Chicago and the Baltic Nations

The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture & The National Public Housing Museum
Saturday, October 28 from 12-2 pm
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
6500 South Pulaski Road Chicago, IL
Admission: Free

Displaced people around the world are forced to make difficult decisions about what they take and what they leave behind. This is true for diverse communities from the Baltic states to the public housing developments of Chicago, where individuals have organized to rebuild a new sense of home. Join the National Public Housing Museum and Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture for a pop-up exhibition and conversation that invites participants to share stories about the loss of home due to political, economic and social upheaval, and the objects that give meaning to their lives. Please bring an object with you that reminds you of a home from the past.

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Migration Stories & Performances – Part II and Closing Event

Trickster Art Gallery
Saturday, October 28 from 3 – 5 pm
Trickster Art Gallery
190 S. Roselle Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60193 

Come by and take in stories and performances from the Filipino, Turkish, and American Indian communities. This event features Skip Twardosz, Elder of the Pottawatomie people, Native Veteran and historian, sharing stories of forced migration and how it affects life, both in the past and today. The event will include a drum song and tastings from Native American, Filipino, and Turkish cuisine.

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Chicago’s Ethiopian Community Association hosts director Haile Gerima for Sankofa: Resistance Then & Now.

The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago & The University of Chicago Logan Center
Saturday, October 28 from 3-7 pm
Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th St. Chicago, IL
Admission: Free

See Gerima’s 1993 film about slavery from Africa to the US, Caribbean and Western Hemisphere. Look back at this quintessential film and Gerima’s immigrant experience encountering the US history of slavery, its legacy and ramifications. Kerry James Marshall, designer on Sankofa, joins in; film historian Jacqueline Stewart and Adom Getachew, political theory, interview Gerima and Marshall.

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