Illinois Humanities Council Awards $32,360 in Grants; Next Cycle Ends Soon
CHICAGO, IL- June 13, 2013—The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) Board of Directors has awarded a total of $32,360 to eight nonprofit organizations across Illinois for development and production of public humanities projects. Community support for these projects totaled $345,937. The grantees are:
- East West Riverfest: 17 days of Public Humanities Programming in the Quad Cities– Friends of the Quad Cities ($5,000) Funding for the second-annual East West Riverfest, a 17-day event featuring arts and humanities events in the Quad Cities area, taking place September 2013.
- Symposium: Midwest Women Artists, 1840-1940: Discovering their work, Telling their stories, Learning from the past– Bradley University ($2,300) Funding to support a symposium to be held in various settings on and off the Bradley University campus in Peoria, Illinois, November 7-8, 2013.
- 10 Buildings that Changed America Curriculum Distribution– Windows to the World Communications ($5,000) Funding to support the distribution of a school curriculum for WTTW’s latest architectural tour program hosted by Geoffrey Baer.
- The Reason Why the Colored American is not in the World’s Columbian Exposition– University of Illinois at Chicago ($5,000) Funding to support public programming for a new exhibition that relates historical accounts of African-Americans’ experiences of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 to contemporary debates over large-scale public festivities in Chicago.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: The Material Life of Early Springfield– Springfield Art Association of Edwards Place ($3,760) Funding to support an exhibition, lecture series and online exhibition related to early material culture in Springfield from the 1820’s to the 1850’s, taking place August 31-October 5, 2013.
- Love and Labor: Domestic Workers as Community Docent– Jane Addams Hull House Museum ($5,000) Funding to support a community engagement project where domestic workers will partner with professional museum educators to co-facilitate tours, serve as docents, and conduct free educational public humanities events for the museum’s latest exhibit, “Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics.”
- Telling My Family’s Story Project– the University of Chicago ($5,000) Funding to support an after school oral history program at John W. Garvy Elementary School and Ellen Mitchell Elementary School in Chicago that will be held in conjunction with the Oriental Institute’s exhibit, Our Work: Modern Jobs- Ancient Origins.
- 2013 Bishop Hill Chautauqua– Bishop Hill Heritage Association ($1,300) Funding to support The Bishop Hill Heritage Association’s Chautauqua – a theatrical presentation involving elements of historical reenactment – on Saturday, September 7, 2013.