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About the Dialogue Series

The Dialogue Series is a museum-wide commitment to sustained inquiry about museum practice, access, and inclusion. Each annual series includes eminent speakers presenting innovative work happening across disciplines, panel discussions, and opportunities for open dialogue between local arts professionals and audiences.


Major support is provided by Zell Family Foundation and Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund.

Generous support is provided by Caryn and King Harris and Ellen-Blair Chube.


Dialogue Keynote: Elaine Welteroth

Mon, Jan 14, 6 pm
Edlis Neeson Theater

Journalist, thought leader, and former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth kicks off the 2019 Dialogue season with a keynote address considering issues of diversity and inclusion and how museums can engage the next generation of change makers.

Open Dialogue: Youth and Museums

Tue, Feb 12, 6 pm
The Commons

How can museums build authentic collaboration with young people? Join a group of local arts professionals and youth artists leading an open conversation with audiences of all ages about the ways museums engage youth voices.

Dialogue Forum: Future Activism

Tue, Mar 26, 6 pm
Edlis Neeson Theater

A panel of activists and artists discuss tactics for building multi-generational public discourse and its power to change our perspectives on the future. The group will include Patricia Frazier, National Youth Poet Laureate; DeRay Mckesson, author, activist, and Rock the Vote board member; and José Olivarez, author of Citizen Illegal and Artist Fellow at Young Chicago Authors.

Open Dialogue: Social Media, Activism, and Museums

Tue, Apr 23, 6 pm
The Commons

How can museums move beyond the Instagram trap to recognize social media’s potential to support community building and civic activism? Local arts professionals guide an open conversation with audiences in the Commons to consider the ways that popular media platforms and activism intersect museum practice.