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Since 1973, Illinois Humanities has been providing high-quality programs throughout Illinois.

South Side, Englewood resident, Nanette, sitting with Wade on his porch in Chicago's North Side neighborhood of Edgewater
South Side, Englewood resident, Nanette, sitting with Wade on his porch in Chicago’s North Side neighborhood of Edgewater -photo by Tonika Lewis Johnson from the Folded Map Project

Your investment offers critical funds that keep our programming free and available to all residents of our state and that allow us to broaden our horizons as we enter a new era of public dialogue.


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About Us

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.