Illinois Humanities Council

“Educations through the humanities has… given me the energy to be a more positive force in this world and to encourage my children, as well as anyone else that will listen, to constantly thirst for knowledge and to never let the thirst for knowledge be quenched.”

Sheila FondrenOdyssey Project Graduate

Our Mission

To strengthen society by fueling inquiry and conversation about the ideas and works that shape our culture.

About Us

Illinois Humanities works to build dialogue across all sectors of society to examine issues important to democracy in the focus areas of public policy, media & journalism, business, and art. Using the humanities as tools to stimulate discussion, we create experiences across Illinois through programming, events, and grantmaking to engage a diverse public on ideas and issues that matter.

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Councils Kick Off Democracy and the Informed Citizen Programs in 2018
Councils Kick Off Democracy and the Informed Citizen Programs in 2018
February 7, 2018

In partnership with The Pulitzer Prizes and supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, forty-nine councils will launch hundreds of programs and events exploring the importance of being an informed citizen and what that means in today’s society.

November Council Pulitzer Update
November Council Pulitzer Update
November 28, 2016

Throughout November, councils hosted a variety of Pulitzer Prizes Campfires from book fairs to conferences to nature hikes coupled with literature that brought participants together in discussion and community. In addition, councils continued to host presentations, exhibits, book discussions, and writing workshops featuring Pulitzer Prize winners and works.

Schwartz Prize: Call for 2016 Nominations
Schwartz Prize: Call for 2016 Nominations
June 28, 2016

Calling all outstanding public humanities programs! The Federation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Schwartz Prize. Submission deadline is August 17, 2016.

Councils Kick Off Summer-Inspired Pulitzer Programming
Councils Kick Off Summer-Inspired Pulitzer Programming
June 2, 2016

Councils launch programs geared towards summer, American history, food safety, the outdoors, and youth in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes.

FY2014 Income Survey Results
FY2014 Income Survey Results
March 8, 2016

Based on audited information supplied by councils, the income survey report provides valuable information about the sources of council support each year, as well as funding trends over time.

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