Grantee Profile

Chicago Humanities Festival

Grants to Chicago Humanities Festival

  • $157,500Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 3 years)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Humanities Festival promotes the exploration of humanities (literature, philosophy, religion, and visual and performing arts) through its year round programing and through two festivals: the Chicago Humanities Festival in the Fall and Stages, Sights & Sounds, a festival for family and younger audiences, in the Spring. Programs are recorded and viewable on the organization's website for free. The Festival offers programs and resources to teachers and students. The grant will be used for audience growth and diversification, commissioning new work, further developing education programs for younger children, and other activities related to general operations.

  • $45,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Humanities Festival, founded in 1989, creates opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. It fulfills this mission through its annual festivals, the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds, focused on children and families. This grant will support the development of an ongoing working relationship between the Chicago Humanities Festival and its counterpart in Edinburgh, the Imaginate Festival. The goal of this project is to establish a working relationship for the first time between the only two festivals in the world that seeks to provide humanities-based programming to children and families.

  • $50,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Humanities Festival is a three-week program of lectures, panels, roundtables, and performances that exposes its annual audience of 50,000 people to some of the humanities' foremost contemporary thinkers. This year's theme technology provides an opportunity for some of the Foundation's digital media and learning grantees to reach a new audience. This grant supports three programs: a Summer Institute for Teachers on new media literacies; a hub for information about the festival at the YOUmedia center at the Harold Washington Library; and an interactive session about the Quest to Learn school model and the soon-to-open new ChicagoQuest school.

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of international programming (over two years).

  • $170,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Chicago Humanities Festival $772,500 between 2003 and 2014.

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