Arts, Culture, and Humanities
Niagara Foundation strives to foster civic conversations and sustained relationships between people of different cultures and faiths.
Niagara carries out its mission through:
Hospitality: Conversations and networking flourish in Niagara's welcoming, apolitical space. Our programs, like The Abrahamic Traditions Dinner and Niagara Forums, demonstrate how warmth and hospitality are fertile ground for growing dynamic conversations and relationships.
Enrichment: Niagara turns educational opportunities, like Niagara Forums and Turkey trips, into meaningful, lasting growth. Our events unite people from different perspectives to cultivate new ideas and partnerships. Niagara designed a reputable internship program focused on developing skills needed to compete in a global job market. Similarly, Niagara provides outreach and support to students who are promoting diversity at their universities.
Leadership: Niagara has accumulated a distinguished network of local and global leaders, who are a testament to the growing need for diverse, international perspectives. Niagara recognizes these leaders at annual events like the Peace and Dialogue Awards Ceremony, which celebrates the commitment to developing a more just society. We believe citizens who share this value are outstanding leaders in their respective communities and are part of the solution for a more peaceful world.
205 N Michigan Ave Ste 4240
Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)
Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)
Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)
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Abrahamic Traditions Dinner
Niagara Foundation’s annual Abrahamic Traditions Dinner strengthens friendship and understanding among people of the three Abrahamic religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. A variety of individuals, such as religious leaders, government officials, university professors, and community members, come together to engage in dialogue and honor the importance of religious diversity and inter-religious cooperation
Food brings people together and with this simple idea in mind, the Niagara Foundation is thrilled to introduce Abraham’s Tent. This initiative aims to provide space for people of differing religious and cultural traditions to get-to-know one another in the cozy intimacy of each others’ homes.
Abraham’s Tent seeks to build community through interreligious sharing between members of the many faiths in the Chicago area. With the kitchen and living room as the place of encounter, Abraham’s Tent meals connect people within their local community and facilitate one-to-one relationship building. Nervous about hosting? We’ll help you prepare!
Bring your story, your questions, and an open heart to the table. It’s amazing how a little food and casual conversation can bring us a little closer together.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
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Sharing the Faith
nterested in learning more about the rich traditions of Chicago’s Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities? Niagara Foundation has created a community education program entitled, “Sharing the Faith.”
These week long celebrations held during religiously significant seasons will provide the Chicago public with a window into the diverse worlds of the three “Abrahamic” traditions.
By collaborating with local parishes, congregations, and communities, Sharing the Faith will take an interfaith approach at creating programs that are both nourishing for the respective community and for a larger Chicago audience.
Our goal: to raise literacy of each of the Abrahamic faiths, create safe spaces/experiences for reflection, and respectfully showcase each tradition in its unique Chicago flavor.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
The Study Türkiye Program is a curriculum development project for university and community college faculty.
The program consists of the following:
Pre-trip: One Day Workshop in February
Application Period: Deadline in April
9-day trip to Turkey in June
Post-trip: Participant Presentations in November
The program is designed to assist faculty infuse their curricula and engage students in a better and through understanding of this nation that promises to play and increasingly pivotal role on the world scene.
The combination of workshop learning, international travel, and follow-up presentations arms faculty with the tools to develop an engaging curriculum that deals with Turkey-related issues, such as Turkey’s political position in European and global contexts, women’s issues, Islam and religion in Turkey, economic affairs, arts, and architecture. Although faculty are the primary audience for this program, everyone interested in Turkey is invited to attend.
The February workshop is designed to give faculty members the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Turkey in the areas of History, Politics, Religion, and Culture & Society as well as its geopolitical importance in the world today. Additional information about the intercultural trip to Turkey and the application process will be provided at the workshop.
The Niagara Foundation will cover other costs (i.e. food, lodging) during the trip. Travelers are responsible for a $250 participation fee, $80 North Star Niagara Foundation Membership, and airfare.
Niagara Forums are a platform for distinguished speakers to spotlight trends, analyze important issues, exchange ideas, and participate in productive interactions that promote innovative global and public policy solutions.Niagara Forums bring individual speakers to the Niagara Foundation to speak on a variety of topics related to public and global policy. The speakers at these series include prominent government, corporate and media officials, opinion-makers, academics, diplomats, clergy and other civic leaders who share their viewpoints, perceptions and experiences on timely and important issues facing our local communities and our world.
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The Niagara Foundation's goal is to promote social cohesion among individuals of different faiths, cultures and traditions.
Organizing programs, lecture series and luncheon forums focusing on various timely local and global issues affecting our society.
The Niagara Foundation creates a platform for global fellowship through the organization of events throughout the Midwest focusing on ideas within education, global affairs and faith based communities. We also offer internship programs throughout the year and networking opportunities within the aforementioned events.
In 2013, the Niagara Foundation created an exciting new membership program. The Niagara Blue Dot Network, is an opportunity for friends to become members. Members receive invitations to all special events hosted by the Niagara Foundation, for which they also receive discounts. Niagara Foundation events allow members to network and create relationships on more intimate levels with the greater Chicago community, including business leaders, community and public officials as well as religious leaders.
The Niagara Foundation offers internship programs in the following categories: Communications, Web Design, Public and Global Affairs, Interfaith Engagement, Academic Affairs and Human Resources. In 2014 the Niagara Foundation housed 10 interns in our offices for each of the 4 internship terms throughout the year. In 2015, the Niagara Foundation grew it's internship program to house 20 interns for each internship term.
In 2014 the Niagara Foundation has held over 30 events under the Center for Interfaith Engagement and over 15 events in our Center for Public and Global affairs.
The Niagara Foundation has created partnerships with a number of Chicagoland companies, organizations, and institutions that include ComEd, Oakridge Investments, Comcast, the Chicago Tribune and many more.
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