Grantee Profile

Illinois Humanities Council

Grants to Illinois Humanities Council

  • $157,500

    2014 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Illinois Humanities Council is an education organization that works to create a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities throughout the State of Illinois. The Council was started in 1973 and offers year-round humanities programs in various formats such as facilitated discussion groups focused on contemporary social issues, educational programs, performances, exhibitions, and film screenings. Additionally, the Council supports Illinois nonprofit organizations with small grants to develop their own humanities programming. Each year the Council serves approximately 500,000 individuals through its own programming and reaches another million through its grants. This grant will support the Council’s general operations.

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. IHC is planning a national competition for Democracy Stories, short and engaging media expressions about democracy and government. The Democracy Stories competition seeks to stimulate constructive conversations about democratic values and systems, urge people to think about government institutions in new ways, and appeal to Americans’ commonly shared beliefs and principles about our republic.

  • $10,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant will support the Illinois Humanities Council as host organization for the 2012 National Humanities Council conference to be held in Chicago from November 15-18. The Council will use MacArthur support to demonstrate the importance of the humanities in Chicago, share the expertise of the Council and its partners through conference panels, and allow Council staff to participate in the conference by covering their registration fees. The Illinois Humanities Council is an educational organization dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities.

  • $250,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

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

  • $60,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Chicago Humanities Festival (over two years).

  • $30,000

    1995 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Chicago Humanities Festival and for the writing residency of John Edgar Wideman.

  • $25,000

    1994 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Chicago Humanities Festival.

  • $150,000

    1992 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Chicago Humanities Festival (over three years) and for the presentation of "X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X" by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

  • $25,000

    1991 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Chicago Humanities Festival.

  • $25,000

    1990 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — For "Freedom's Expressions: A Celebration of Freedom in the Arts."

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Illinois Humanities Council $982,500 between 1978 and 2016.

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