Category: Spotlights

Indigenous Frames of Understanding

The Latino Cultural Center’s last public program of the Spring 2018 semester took place on April 26. The LCC, in partnership with the Freshwater Lab and Native American Support Program, invited Burton W. Warrington, an indigenous rights activist and attorney to highlight social and environmental justice. The topic focused around the Back Forty Mine and how dangerous it is to the communities who live by it. During his presentation he specified how this mine is a danger to public health, the Menominee River, and is also a sacred land to his communities.

To learn more about the Back 40 mine, see here

MOSAIC 2018 celebrates Rosa Cabrera

This past Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 was a night of celebration as the Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA) held its 10th Anniversary Gala Benefit, MOSAIC. The event, which took place at the Chicago Cultural Center, focused on honoring the CCA’s legacy and recognizing the region’s cultural leaders while looking forward to the next generation of cultural advocates.

The program featured ABC7’s Judy Hsu as Emcee, a dinner prepared by Chef Julius Russell, and performances by Chicago Dance Crash, musician Subhi and Native American Youth from the American Indian Education Program.

The evening also included awards of recognition being given to cultural leaders in Chicago including Outstanding Community Leaders: Jean Mishima, President of the Japanese American Historical Society, and Lydia Tkaczuk, President of the Ukrainian National Museum, as well as the 2018 Cultural Champions: Alaka Wali, Curator of North American Anthropology in the Science and Education Division of the Field Museum and Rosa Cabrera, Director of the Latino Cultural Center (LCC) and co-founder of the Chicago Cultural Alliance.

The LCC staff was also in attendance to support and celebrate Rosa Cabrera and is proud to have an outstanding and influential cultural agent as our leader.

To view the 2018 Cultural Champions video featuring Rosa Cabrera and Alaka Wali, see below:

Earth Week 2018

The Latino Cultural Center celebrated Earth Week at UIC with various programs throughout the week of April 16. On Thursday April 18, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) community organizers, Nancy Meza and Lilian Molina, joined us for an interactive and informative discussion about environmental justice in Little Village. Participants worked together in groups in a fun team-building activity as a way to introduce the topic.

26th annual UIC Chicago Latino Film Festival

In partnership with the International Latino Cultural Center, the UIC Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center celebrated the 26th UIC Chicago Latino Film Festival. The LCC screened two films, Looking for a Boyfriend… for my Wife on April 11 and Flight of the Guitar: Dreaming of Paco de Lucía on April 12. The hijinks made the films very entertaining and fun to watch. For the rest of this month’s schedule celebrating the 34th Chicago Film Festival, please click HERE.

Countering Stigma through Storytelling

The Latino Cultural Center and the Disability Cultural Center were in for a real treat on Wednesday, April 4th when Erasing the Distance and the Erasing the Distance Artistic Company came for a visit. We had the privilege of watching a talented group of actors bring to life the stories of real people with disabilities and the stigmas they overcame. Erasing the Distance: Countering Stigma Through Storytelling was part of the ongoing Spaces for Wellness project – a collaboration between the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change.

Click HERE, for more about Erasing the Distance and how they use the power of performance to disarm stigma and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health.