Sept 29th – Nov 1st, 2019
Inherit Chicago is a month-long festival of intercultural art, ideas and performance at neighborhood heritage institutions. It is the first and only intercultural festival that highlights the rich diversity across the city’s neighborhoods, and promotes cultural and community understanding.
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 40 neighborhood-based cultural heritage institutions– all members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance.
See photos from Inherit Chicago 2017!
Check out 2017 Events and stay tuned for the 2019 program!
Common Sounds: Chinese, Haitian, and Ukrainian Music Connections
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.
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
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.
Female Power Models in Indian and Greek Mythology
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!
Our Leyendas – Legends – Legendy
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.
Las Caras Lindas de Borinquen y Quisqueya featuring Joan Soriano: A musical and culinary exploration of the Caribbean
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.
Common Threads: Chinese, Haitian, and Ukrainian Fashion Connections
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.
Behind the Mask: Real Me
The National Cambodian American Heritage Museum, American Indian Center & INTUIT – the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
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.
Understanding Indigenous Roots: An Intercultural Discourse between African Americans & Native Americans (Part 2)
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.
3 Continents, 4 Chefs, 1 Dinner: A Unique Celebration of Global Cuisine in Chicago
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.
Our Leyendas – Legends – Legendy
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.
The Targeted ‘Other’: Shared Experience of Japanese and Arab Americans
The Japanese American Service Committee, Japanese American Historical Society, & Arab American Action Network
University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St., Rm 302, Chicago, IL
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.
That Belongs in a Museum!
Irish-American Heritage Center & Casa Michoacán
Irish American Heritage Center in the Provence Pub
4626 N Knox Ave. Chicago, IL
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.
Music for All Ages
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.
Migration Stories of Inheritance – An Exhibition Opening Event
The Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, Trickster Art Gallery, & Turkish American Society
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.
Galería / Галерея Chicago: Curator Tour and Reception
The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art & The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL
Exhibition runs October 6-November 26, 2017
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.
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.
Muslim American Journeys: Preserving Heritage and Spotlighting Diverse Voices and Stories.
National Hellenic Museum
333 S Halsted St. Chicago, IL
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.
Drumming Up Power!
The Hana Center & STOP – Southside Together Organizing for Power
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.
Lost and Found: Stories of Displacement from Chicago and the Baltic Nations
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.
Migration Stories & Performances – Part II and Closing Event
Trickster Art Gallery
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.
Chicago’s Ethiopian Community Association hosts director Haile Gerima for Sankofa: Resistance Then & Now.
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.