Illinois Humanities connects Illinoisans through free public programs, grants, and events that make the public humanities accessible for all.

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Our Impact in 2023

For nearly 50 years, Illinois Humanities has worked throughout the state to make the public humanities accessible to all. Through grants, partnerships, and public programs, we have worked with groups of all sizes, disciplines, and stages of development to increase their local and statewide impact and support the state’s cultural ecosystem.

Explore the map to discover our vast network of grantee partners across the state and connect with a public humanities organization near you. Below, see a snapshot of how Illinois Humanities grants and programs provide free and transformative humanities experiences for all Illinoisans. 


Illinoisans served through grants and public programming

100 %

of legislative districts throughout Illinois received access to free public programming

96 %

of our grant dollars supported organizations and projects in underserved communities


regional hubs established in rural towns and communities impacted by mass incarceration

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