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December Grants

Nine Illinois humanities projects from all regions of Illinois have received funding from the latest IHC Community Grants cycle. See which activities in your area the IHC is proud to be supporting.

RB Announcement

"Being a part of Reporting Back gives me a chance to [share] the point of view from the many people who hardly have a chance to get their voices heard." -Chiquita Toby, Reporting Back participant.
Reporting Back is a three-month multimedia reporting project pairing journalists with community residents to investigate critical issues in their communities. Beginning in February, the teams will hold public conversations in the neighborhoods they're covering, and produce text, video, radio and graphic literature journalism content. Meet the journalists and community residents of Reporting Back and find out why they chose to be part of this project.


Since October, OpenICE has explored the work of ICE, "one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music," in unpretentious and intimate environments to equally adventurous and curious audiences. The series continues February 8 with cellist Michael Nicolas and electronic composer Jaime Oliver, whose performance will be followed by a conversation about the music with Adler Planetarium astronomer Shane Larson. RSVP today.

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"Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water." -Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
An essential component of life on our planet, water means health, hydration, food supplies, and hygiene. We cherish the sights, sounds, and the sense of place we feel at the water's edge, and many revere water as a sacred symbol. The IHC will bring the Smithsonian exhibition, Water: Resource for Life, to Illinois in 2016, and is looking for towns and communities in Illinois interested in hosting the exhibition. Learn more about the exhibition and apply here.
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