2015 A Night Of 100 Stars

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2015 A Night Of 100 Stars

2015 A Night Of 100 Stars Gala
20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, March 28, 2015
The South Shore Cultural Center
7059 South Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois

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Dewayne Collins
Senior, Wendell Phillips Career Academy High School

Walter E. Massey, Ph.D.
President, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago

The Honorable Toni Preckwinkle
President, Cook County Board of Commissioners

Dr. Ian Smith
Media Personality and Author

Salli Richardson Whitfield
Actress, Producer, Director

6:00 PM
Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres

7:00 PM
Awards Presentation
Hosted By:
Val Warner, Windy City LIVE!
Charles Thomas, ABC7-Chicago

8:00 PM
Buffet Supper & Cocktails

8:30 PM –until the stroke of Midnight
Dancing & Entertainment

Attire: Strictly Black Tie

Silent Auction Throughout The Evening

Donation: $400 per person
Reservations will be held at the door
Proceeds benefit the DuSable Museum’s Exhibitions and Educational Programs


PNC Bank

Join us for an improvisational mini concert by leading ladies of AACM!

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Join us for an improvisational mini concert by leading ladies of AACM!

CONCERT DATE: Friday, May 29, 2015
TIME: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Join us for an improvisational mini concert by some of the leading ladies of the AACM followed by a stimulating and informative conversation about women and music.

Featured are musician/composers Ann Ward, Coco Elysses, Maia, Shanta Nurullah, Sherry Scott and Rita Warford — Presented by DuSable Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Free at First: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the AACM.

Internationally renowned for unparalleled contributions to modern music, the AACM is commemorating its 50th anniversary throughout 2015. Founded in Chicago in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, the vanguard institution had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form through the free AACM School of Music.

Moderated by Kai El’ Zabar, executive editor, Chicago Defender newspaper

The exhibition will be open to the public until 6:30 pm for this event.

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For more information, visit https://www.dusablemuseum.org or call 773-947-0600

Holiday Schedule!

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Holiday Schedule!

Happy Holidays!

Please be advised of the following Holiday Hours and Closures:

We will also be closed on New Year’s Eve (12/31), and New Year’s Day (1/1/19).

Take out a NEW membership at DuSable Museum and receive an additional year for FREE!

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Take out a NEW membership at DuSable Museum and receive an additional year for FREE!

The DuSable Museum of African American History (DSM) has a special offer to start your new year off right. Take out a NEW membership at DuSable Museum and receive an additional year for FREE! Two Years for the Price of One!*

A DSM membership is a truly distinctive and meaningful gift that may be enjoyed year round. With a DSM Membership you receive: Free admission to the DuSable Museum, discounted tickets to Special DuSable Museum events, reciprocal museum benefits, and DuSable Museum store discounts.

(*) New Senior, Individual, or Family Level Only. No Renewals.

Images from our FIRST-EVER DuSable Museum RadioThon!

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Images from our FIRST-EVER DuSable Museum RadioThon!

See selections of photos from the 2016 ‪#‎JoinDuSable‬ ‪#‎Radiothon‬ @‪#‎WVON1690‬. Photo stream: https://goo.gl/fSLvch

In 1961, Dr. Margaret Burroughs and a group of educators and scholars founded what would become the nation’s first independent African American History Museum.

2016 marks the 55th anniversary of the DuSable Museum of African American History and our RadioThon started the Museum’s year-long fundraising campaign which will help preserve history. Membership keeps the legacy of education and enlightenment flourishing for generations to come. Membership is the lifeblood of the Museum.

From 6:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 30th, local celebrities, sports figures, community activists and members of the DuSable Board of Trustees will took to the airwaves to invite listeners to become DuSable Museum Members. As a special incentive during the RadioThon, all new members received a two-year membership for the price of one year. In addition, DuSable Museum Memberships offer reciprocal membership at the following institutions: The Adler Planetarium, The Chicago History Museum, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Illinois Holocaust Museum & Educational Center.

The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous support of the Museum.

The DuSable Museum is a Proud Member of Museum Campus South!

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The DuSable Museum is a Proud Member of Museum Campus South!

Welcome to Museum Campus South

Museum Campus South is a collection of seven museums located in the heart of Chicago’s mid-South Side including the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Oriental Institute Museum, the Renaissance Society, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, the Smart Museum of Art, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. This renowned collection of organizations showcases contemporary and modern art, architecture, theater, performance, historic collections, archeology, science and technology.
The campus is located on the Culture Coast, eight miles south of downtown Chicago. The museums surround the site of the historic 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition—between Jackson Park, the University of Chicago campus, the Midway Plaisance, and Washington Park. Over 2 million people visit the consortium of museums each year. Museum Campus South is the manifestation of a long-standing vision that has recently gained momentum through the City of Chicago’s Cultural Plan to foster and promote vibrant cultural districts citywide. The development of a Museum Campus South represents an important first step in the interest of uniting the dynamic arts and cultural neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side with each other and downtown.
Plan your visit today.
This project is sponsored by Choose Chicago in partnership with the South East Chicago CommissionArts and Public Life and the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement

Museum Campus South is ideally located in the heart of culturally vibrant mid-South Chicago. While you are here be sure to check out the local neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Washington Park and Woodlawn for a little shopping, grabbing a bite to eat, or exploring the beautiful University of Chicago campus.

Additional institutions on the Culture Coast include the Arts Incubator, Court Theater, Hyde Park Art Center, Black Pearl, Hyde Park Historical Society, Blackstone Library, the Civic Knowledge Project, Hyde Park Jazz Society, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and International House.

Perri Irmer, President, and CEO of the DuSable Museum receives Black History Month Vanguard Award!

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Perri Irmer, President, and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History was one of 23 African American leaders from across the state of Illinois who recently received the Black History Month Vanguard Award from Illinois Comptroller, Leslie Geissler Munger. The state honored the 23 award recipients for their dedication, philanthropy, and service to the community during a ceremony held in partnership with the Chicago Defender Newspaper at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago on February 24, 2016.

Comptroller Munger stated, “The Vanguard Awards Ceremony was created to spotlight individuals who have made a profound impact on African-American culture. The awardees have gained success in their professional lives and channeled that success into giving back to their communities.”

Upon receiving the award, Perri Irmer, President, and CEO of the DuSable Museum stated, “I am extremely honored to be included in such an esteemed group of honorees. I thank Comptroller Munger for this award and congratulate each of my fellow award recipients.”

Art “Chat Daddy” Sims of WVON-1690 Radio emceed the special ceremony. Honorees included community leaders such as Tim King of Urban Prep Academies; Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, Next Level Health; Michael Scott, West Side Cultural Foundation; Sheila Morgan, Minority Supplier Development Council; Spencer Leak, Jr., Leak & Sons Funeral Home; and, Tim Rand and Everett Rand, Chicago Football Classic.

The speaker for the event was Clayton Muhammad, Communications Director for the City of Aurora and Founder of the Boys II Men organization.

The DuSable Museum of African American History Obtains Smithsonian Affiliation Status

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The DuSable Museum of African American History has been granted Smithsonian Affiliation status by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

The distinction signals the beginning of a long-term collaborative partnership between the DuSable and the world’s largest museum and research complex.

The DuSable, established in 1961, is only the second arts, culture and education facility in Chicago to receive Smithsonian Affiliate status; the other is Adler Planetarium. The Smithsonian established Affiliations in 1996 to increase discovery and promote lifelong learners by bringing the Smithsonian Institution to local communities. There are more than 200 Smithsonian Affiliate organizations in more than 46 states, Puerto Rico and Panama. Now, with DuSable, there are six Affiliates in Illinois.

The partnership permits DuSable to borrow Smithsonian artifacts and access traveling exhibits. Similarly, the Smithsonian will gain access to rarely seen paintings, sculptures and more that comprise DuSable’s collections.

“With Affiliate status, the DuSable will bring the Smithsonian to the community and the DuSable to the world,” said DuSable President and CEO Perri Irmer. “The partnership will also expose the museum’s Masterworks Collection to a broader audience by giving the work and the artists international exposure.”

The DuSable debuted its new Masterworks Gallery in February. The museum increased its membership by 48 percent during a recent membership drive. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the DuSable may offer Smithsonian membership at a discount to its members. “Now members of the DuSable Museum will gain access to many Smithsonian-affiliated museums across the country,” Irmer said.

Smithsonian Affiliate organizations work together to preserve heritage, expand knowledge and inspire learning. They vary from science centers, art museums, historical societies, universities, children’s museums, archives and libraries, and aquaria.

As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the DuSable may participate in the annual Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference in Washington. Affiliates are also provided opportunities for more in-depth collaboration with Smithsonian museums and participation in Smithsonian grant-funded educational initiatives.

About Smithsonian Affiliations

Established in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums, educational and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. The long-term goal of Smithsonian Affiliations is to facilitate a two-way relationship among Affiliate organizations and the Smithsonian to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in communities across America. Affiliations share exhibits and collections, collaborate on important research projects, and develop innovative educational strategies at local and national levels.

More information about Smithsonian Affiliations is available at www.affiliations.si.edu