Illinois Speaks provides resources to support monthly small group discussions within communities throughout the state. These discussions focus on current events and the impact of these events on our communities. They are led by paid facilitators from the community who have been trained by Illinois Humanities and who have access to materials focusing on media representations of current events provided by Illinois Humanities. For a full list of participating communities, click here.
Leading up to Illinois’ bicentennial in 2018, Illinois Humanities will be launching the “Illinois Bicentennial Challenge.” The goal is to help host or fund Illinois Speaks conversations in all 102 counties of the state. Individuals or organizations first in their county to host a community-based conversation before the December 2018 deadline will receive an Illinois Humanities canvas tote.
While expanding the ongoing Illinois Speaks groups, Illinois Humanities is also offering micro-grants (awards from $250-$1000) to allow people of all ages throughout the state of Illinois to host a public discussion or series of public discussions around issues that matter to their communities. The grant deadlines are are January 15 (event must start on or after February 15th), April 15 (event must start on or after May 15th), July 15 (event must start on or after August 15th), and October 15 (event must start on or after November 15th).