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Illinois Humanities Awards $43,400 in Grants to 11 Organizations

Eleven organizations across five counties in the state of Illinois received grant funding through our Vision and Action Grants (May 2023 cycle). Grantees were awarded in recognition of their ongoing humanities-focused missions, with support towards deepening engagement and broadening their impact across the communities they serve.

These organizations’ ingenuity in developing programs, exhibitions, and publications showcases the dedication to cultural engagement within the humanities happening in our local spaces. This group’s projects range from youth filmmaking immersion programs, site-specific theatre activations, expansions of prison libraries, and more—exploring themes such as food scarcity, mutual aid, forced displacement, and the celebration of human resiliency through storytelling.

Meet the Grantees

Of the 11 projects, seven are based in Chicago, and four are elsewhere in Illinois. They include:

The next deadline is September 1, 2023, for Active History Microgrants and September 15, 2023, for General Operating Grants. For more information, visit or contact us at

About Illinois Humanities

Illinois Humanities, the Illinois affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a statewide nonprofit organization that activates the humanities through free public programs, grants, and educational opportunities that foster reflection, spark conversation, build community and strengthen civic engagement. We provide free, high-quality humanities experiences throughout Illinois, particularly for communities of color, individuals living on low incomes, counties and towns in rural areas, small arts and cultural organizations, and communities highly impacted by mass incarceration. Founded in 1974, Illinois Humanities is supported by state, federal, and private funds.

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Featured Image: Artwork by John T. Crisp, Jr. who is featured in the Garvey Tubman Cultural Arts and Research Center’s Black Artists Matter Series happening August 2023.