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CCAC coordinates free, monthly professional development programs open to all.  While all are welcome, please note these workshops are geared toward cultural administrators.

There is no membership to CCAC. Our workshops are  "safe spaces" where everyone can speak freely and openly with the intention of growing and learning together.

The CCAC Steering Committee sets the schedule and coordinates the programs. Feedback and program ideas are always welcome: email


Picture of the Art Institute of Chicago; the iconic statue of a lion is closer to the camera lens, the building in the background

Serving Older Adults in Cultural Institutions

October 17, 2019
3PM - 5PM

Studio C, Ryan Learning Center
Art Institute of Chicago
Please enter at the Modern Wing entrance, 159 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL
(The Ryan Learning Center is to the left as you enter.)

Register here.
FREE, $5 suggested

As our audiences age, how are we as cultural institutions adapting to our audiences' changing needs? One in two adults over the age of 75 has at least one disability, which could affect mobility, speech, hearing, vision and cognitive functioning. Due to acquiring the disability later in life, many older audience members may not identify as "disabled,"  are unaware of what services may be available to them, or how to ask for them. Hear from panelists representing cultural administrators and partner organizations about how they are better considering older adults in their programming and services so our older audience members can continue to participate in our cultural spaces as they age, maximizing independence and choice.

You're invited to explore the Museum after the session. Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free for Illinois residents after 5pm every Thursday.

Who Should Attend:
CCAC programs are open to the public. For this program, we recommend:

  • cultural administrators from museums, theaters, and cultural spaces (especially representing these departments: Development, Membership, Education/Outreach, Visitor Services/Audience Services)
  • those who officially (or unofficially) are responsible for accessibility at your arts organization


  • The event space is accessible to wheelchair-users and visitors who need to avoid stairs. Learn more at:
  • Open captioning and Assistive Listening Devices will be available.
  • To request additional accommodations, please try to contact us in advance as soon as possible: or by calling Christena Gunther at 715-212-9140.
  • All CCAC events are scent-free; please refrain from wearing products with fragrance such as perfume, cologne and lotion.

$5 Suggested Donation
While CCAC programs are free, the $5 suggested donation helps to cover programming costs to ensure CCAC's mission is achievable and accessible to all. You may donate day-of, or you may donate online anytime! Donations to CCAC are tax deductible.

Learn more about Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC): Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium

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