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