Illinois Humanities Council
Grants to Illinois Humanities Council
2017 (Duration 5 years)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Illinois Humanities Council aims to improve civic dialogue and increase public access to the humanities throughout the State of Illinois. It offers year-round humanities programs on issues related to public policy, media and journalism, business, art, and improving access to humanities education and programming. Over the award period, Illinois Humanities is focusing on community-sourced programming and expanding local collaborations in its five core areas. This award recommends five years of renewed general operating support to the Illinois Humanities Council.
2016 (Duration 1 year)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Founded in 1973, the Illinois Humanities Council (the Council) is an education organization working to create a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of Illinois communities by providing high-quality civic discussions, programming, performances, and other exhibitions. This award supports the Council to lead a planning process to develop Envisioning Justice, a series of events including artist commissions, public presentations, exhibition design, and community discussions that will connect artists and humanists with residents in interpreting and shaping criminal justice reform in Chicago. The project includes creating an advisory group to guide the planning process as well as gathering information from community residents about the issues, leading to a proposal for a year-long effort to engage and connect members of the arts and humanities community with a diverse array of stakeholders and the public in discussions around criminal justice reform in Chicago.
2014 (Inactive Grant)
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.
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.
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.
2009 (Inactive Grant)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).
1996 (Inactive Grant)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Chicago Humanities Festival (over two years).
1995 (Inactive Grant)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Chicago Humanities Festival and for the writing residency of John Edgar Wideman.
1994 (Inactive Grant)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the Chicago Humanities Festival.
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.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded Illinois Humanities Council $1,357,500 between 1978 and 2017.