Past Event

Breakfast and Report Release: History Is Happening: The State of Humanities Organizations in Illinois During COVID-19

Illinois Humanities executive director with panelists and grantee partners
Left to right: Kaoru Watanabe (National Cambodian Heritage Museum, Granteee Partner), panelist Mónica Félix (Executive Director, Chicago Cultural Alliance), panelist Irene Romulo (Co-Founder; Development and Community Engagement Coordinator, Cicero Independiente), O. Victoria “Vickie” Lakes-Battle (Executive Director for the Chicago Metro Region, IFF), Brian Failing (Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Grantee Partner), and Gabrielle Lyon (Executive Director, Illinois Humanities)

COVID-19 put an unprecedented strain on the residents of Illinois. In response, Illinois Humanities awarded nearly $2.4m in grants to 359 organizations across the state, reaching 78 of our 102 counties and, in the process, revealing a robust cultural ecosystem. We gathered information from these organizations (our grantee partners) and put the findings into a report.

Join Illinois Humanities at Impact House on April 27th as we release these findings in our new COVID-19 report: “History Is Happening: The State of Humanities Organizations in Illinois During COVID-19.” We will illuminate surprising findings, including that our grantee partners who received emergency relief funding were already working to mitigate social, health, and economic stresses prevalent prior to the pandemic.

We invite you to be part of this FREE, in-person breakfast conversation, co-hosted by Forefront, about how humanities organizations’ responses to the pandemic can equip Illinois to forge an equitable recovery and a more livable state for all.