Press Release


CHICAGO – The Illinois Humanities Council Board of Directors has awarded a total of $182,884 to 22 nonprofit organizations for development and production of public humanities projects.

Funded programs include a six-week summer workshop in Chicago for young journalists, an Urbana-based documentary film project tracking ten sisters as they were split up during World War II and reunited 50 years later, a lecture and exhibition in Carbondale featuring photographs and history of the rural areas surrounding the Ohio River in Illinois, and a series of community forums in Forest Park and other Chicago suburbs designed to promote an historical understanding of Islam.

Community support for these projects totaled $1,357,364.A list of grants and the organizations that are sponsoring these programs are listed below:

  • Beyondmedia Education, Chicago, Voices in Time: Lives in Limbo, $10,000
  • Board of Trustees University of Illinois, Champaign, Douglass Park Community Center, $4,000
  • Board of Trustees University of Illinois, Urbana, Ten Sisters: A True Story, $10,000
  • Chippianock Cemetery Heritage Foundation, Rock Island, Passages: A Collection of Personal Histories of Chippianock Cemetery, $3,407
  • Columbia College, Chicago, The State of the Black Arts in Chicago, $5,000
  • Cycle, Chicago, Firebirds and Rubies: Illinois’ Living Dance History, $10,000
  • DePaul University, Chicago, Bronzeville Oral History Project, $10,000
  • Educational Film Center, Annandale, VA, Prudence Burns Burrell: Combat Nurse of WWII, $10,000
  • Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich, What’s Hiding Under the Bed? Monsters and the Supernatural in Children’s Literature, $2,450
  • Free Street, Chicago, Popular Defamation: From the Longfellow War to Biggie and Tupac, $10,000
  • Illinois Labor History Society, Chicago, Service Workers Project, $10,000
  • Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago, Irish American Symposium, $10,000
  • Islamic Thought and Science Institute, Forest Park, Intellectual Community Development II Phase, $10,000
  • Kartemquin Films, Chicago, In The Family, $10,000
  • Lake Land College, Mattoon, Lake Land College Arts and Humanities Series, $10,000
  • Marshall County Historical Society, Lacone, Watch the Ballino, $9,996
  • Midway Village & Museum Center, Rockford, Founding Fathers, Founding Mothers: A Modern Chautauqua, $10,000
  • Morgan County Historical Society, Jacksonville, Pioneering Educators: Celebrating 175 Years of Higher Education in Central Illinois, $4,175
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Remember Virden: The Mine Wars of 1898-1900 Documentary, $10,000
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois Southern Shore: the Lands Along the Ohio, $9,856
  • University of Illinois at Urbana, Urbana, Never Ignored: The Story of AIM, The American Indian Movement, $4,000
  • We The People Media, Chicago, The Summer Ambassadors Project, $10,000

July 15 is the next IHC deadline for both mini and major grant proposals. Visit the Grants Program section for IHC’s grant guidelines and application. If you would like to speak to someone about applying for a grant, or would like an application mailed to you, please call (312) 422-5580. You may also e-mail the IHC at

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The Illinois Humanities Council is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.


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