Chicago Cultural Alliance Announces MOSAIC Food and Entertainment Line-up

Ethnic Cuisine                                                                   Global Music and Dance Performances
                Great Sea Chinese Restaurant                                   Holy Cross/IHM Marimba Ensemble
                The India Garden                                                             Mark Cleveland
Haifa Café                                                                   Master P.C. Leung & the Chicago Chinese
Isla Pilipina                                                                  Cultural Center’s Lion Dance Team   
                Majani Catering                                                                Passistas Samba
Sinhá                                                                                     Trio Superior
                Tierra Caliente                                                                   Live Art-Making by Artisans
                Tre Kronor                                                                          Amy Masterson
                                                                                                                Nirmita Dholakia
Celebrate the many diverse voices that comprise our one unique Chicago and join this line-up at MOSAIC on Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Chicago History Museum, located at 1601 N. Clark Street. Guests are invited to help support the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s efforts to effect social change and public understanding of cultural diversity and attend this signature celebration featuring ethic cuisine, global music and dance performances, live art-making, and a unique silent auction with cultural items and experiences from CCA museums and supporters.


The CCA will present Martin R. Castro, Esq. its second Chicago Cultural Champion award. Castro is president of Castro Synergies, LLC, which provides consulting to corporations, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations that wish to collaborate with and have a positive social impact on diverse communities. Castro serves as chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by appointment of President Barack Obama. He is also the chair of the Illinois Human Rights Commission and an executive committee member of the Chicago Community Trust.

The CCA will also honor two outstanding community leaders, Kerstin Lane of the Swedish American community and Rasmea Yousef of the Arab American community, as selected by its Core Members (29 Chicago area ethnic museums and cultural centers).

The VIP reception, which starts at 5:45 p.m., features special guest Regina Taylor. Taylor is an actress, director, playwright and activist and currently an artistic associate with the Goodman Theatre. VIP guests will also enjoy a special culturally-inspired cocktail from Koval Distillery.

VIP tickets are $200 per person and general admission MOSAIC tickets are $125.  Community and corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information or to buy tickets visit MOSAIC is sponsored by The Chicago History Museum; Dykema; The Field Museum; Granite Innovation; Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; Horwood Marcus &  Berk; Seyfarth Shaw LLP; and University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Chicago Cultural Alliance is a growing consortium of Chicago’s ethnic museums and cultural centers whose mission is to effect social change and public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives. The Alliance connects our member museums and centers to flagship arts and cultural institutions, universities, schools, businesses and government agencies.  Visit to learn more about our programs and partners.

Honorary Host Committee

Karin Moen Abercrombie,                             Hatem Abudayyeh,
Swedish American Museum                             Arab American Action Network

Estrella Alamar,                                               Orysia Cardoso,
Filipino American Historical Society               Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Nicholle Dombrowski,                                     John Gorski,
DANK Haus German American                       Irish American Heritage Center
Cultural Center            

Jose Luis Gutierrez,                                         Mara Jauntirans,
Casa Michoacán                                             Latvian Folk Art Museum

Gary Johnson,                                                             Dr. Richard Lariviere,
Chicago History Museum                                The Field Museum

Jan Lorys,                                                        Jean Mishima,
Polish Museum of America                              Chicago Japanese American Historical Society

Peggy Montes,                                                 Connie Mourtoupalas,
Bronzeville Children’s Museum                       National Hellenic Museum

Soo Lon Moy,                                                  Gus Noble,
Chinese-American Museum of Chicago           Chicago Scots

Billy Ocasio,                                                    Joseph Podlasek,
Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture       American Indian Center & Trickster Gallery

Heather Ireland Robinson,                               Lydia Tkaczuk,
South Side Community Art Center                   Ukrainian National Museum

Susan Tybon,                                                   Sherry Williams,
Japanese American Service Committee                       Bronzeville Historical Society

Erku Yimer,
Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago