Activating Heritage Conference 2024

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Mar 12, 2024


Student Center West
828 S Wolcott Ave Ste 242
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60612


Cost varies
Registration is required

This event is presented by Illinois Humanities Grantee PARTNER Chicago Cultural Alliance.

Note: Online registration has ended. You may register in-person on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.


Activating Heritage is the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s annual professional development conference for cultural heritage and non-profit professionals. 

The conference connects our Core Members and other arts & culture workers from across the Chicago region with meaningful, hands-on, capacity-building experiences facilitated by a host of scholars and leaders in the field, through dynamic presentations, panels, and workshops. 

The Chicago Cultural Alliance enthusiastically encourages participation from members of the community as well. The conference will also be of interest to students (both undergraduate and graduate), historians, and anyone else interested in learning more about community engagements with culture.

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United with a diverse and accomplished array of panelists, moderators, community stakeholders, and industry professionals, we will delve into broader and deeper conversations surrounding advocacy, fundraising, museum collections, preservation, programming, digitizing, virtual exhibitions, education, and the next generation of arts and cultural heritage professionals.

Ticket Options
  • General Admission (Pricing for non-members): $55.00
  • Member Admission (Staff, Board, and volunteers from CCA Member organizations): $40.00
  • Students (non-UIC Students from undergraduate or graduate programs): $20.00
  • UIC Students / Staff (Must show ID at registration): Free

Note: Online registration has ended. You may register in-person on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.


There is a suite of programming planned throughout the day, including a featured panel on grants for cultural institutions, a keynote address by Illinois Humanities board member Juana Guzmán, a panel on media relations for cultural heritage institutions, and more. 

View the full schedule

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