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Special Cultural Destinations

#AERA23 attendees are encouraged to explore our host city and take advantage of everything Chicago has to offer. The following cultural destinations may be of special interest to attendees.

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American Indian Center Chicago
Established in 1953 as the first urban Indian Center in the country, AIC promotes fellowship among Indian people of all Tribes living in metropolitan Chicago; creates bonds of understanding and communication between Indians and non-Indians in this city; sustains cultural, artistic, and avocational pursuits; and perpetuates Indian cultural values. AIC focuses on the arts by offering workshops such as drum making, moccasin making, and also by housing the first and only art gallery space dedicated to the promotion and education of Native artists in the city of Chicago.

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Chinese American Museum of Chicago
The museum advances the appreciation of Chinese American culture through exhibitions, education, and research, and preserves the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans primarily in the Midwest. It works with organizations, visitors, and community leaders across the country to tell the story of Chinese Americans primarily in the Midwest and to build a community around a continuous dialogue illustrating how Chinese American culture and contributions are an important part of the American fabric.

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The DuSable Museum
In 1961, with a few dedicated colleagues and a dream, the artist/educator/writer/activist Margaret Taylor Burroughs established our nation’s first independent museum celebrating Black culture. The Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art (later renamed as the DuSable Musuem) was inaugurated that very year in the Burroughs’ home on Chicago’s iconic South Side. Burroughs was proud that the Museum was “the only one that grew out of the indigenous Black community.”

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National Museum of Mexican Art
Founded in 1982, the museum represents the Mexican community from its own point of view and its own voice to stimulate knowledge and appreciation of Mexican art and culture from both sides of the border through a significant permanent collection of Mexican art, rich visual and performing arts programs, high quality arts education programs and resources and professional development of Mexican artists.