Want to have fun and keep the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center a thriving place for years to come? Lend your heart and hand.  Volunteering for an event is a great way to help, but participating in a committee is a wonderful way to deepen your engagement with the organization on a more long-term basis.  Committees are chaired by current Board members, and committee membership is open to the membership.  Most committees meet on a monthly or bimonthly basis, and serve to provide support and oversight to key areas of operation.


If your interests or skills seem oriented toward a particular committee, please contact the chair listed below.  If you would like help in choosing which area might be the best placement, feel free to connect with the Governance committee.


  • Education

    Purpose: Responsible for the planning and development of educational and enrichment programs.
    Chair: Angela Aufegger
    Contact: E-mail the Education Committee
  • Museum & Archives

    Purpose: Responsible for planning and development of museum and library programming.
    Chair: Dagmar Freiberger
    Contact: E-mail the Museum & Archives Committee
  • External Affairs

    Purpose: Responsible for public relations and marketing of the organization.
    Chair: Peter Winkler
    Contact: E-mail the External Affairs Committee
  • Internal Affairs

    Purpose: Responsible for finances, membership retention, fundraising, facilities management, and personnel management.
    Chair: Michael Ianni
    Contact: E-mail the Internal Affairs Committee
  • Governance

    Purpose: Responsible for development and maintenance of all board procedures, nominations, bylaws, and parliamentary procedure.
    Chair: Kirsten Mellem
    Contact: E-mail the Governance Committee
  • Programming

    Purpose: Responsible for programming of cultural and fine arts events and community outreach.
    Co-Chairs: Monica Schulter & Brian von Rueden
    Contact: E-mail the Programming Committee


Do you have a trade or skills that you can share to help improve the physical building?  The following are always welcome!

  • Painters, Carpenters, Plumbers, Electricians
  • Graphic Designers
  • IT systems software and hardware
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Photography

German American Cultural Center
4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

Connect with us

Office: +1 (773) 561-9181
Email: Dank@Dankhaus.com

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.
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