Our Vision: Illinois Humanities' New Strategic Plan

A letter from Executive Director Gabrielle Lyon and Board Chair Jai Winston

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Gabrielle Lyon, executive director, and Jai Winston, board chair

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January 23, 2024

This is our new strategic plan. 

Our plan outlines what we are going to do and why. Over the next five years we will work to make the public humanities central to a just, creative, and connected, Illinois.  

How will we do it? By building on the fundamental work already underway. We’ll continue to use a partner-centered, data-informed, values-aligned approach to delivering on our mission. We’ll work towards our vision by creating programs to address timely issues, by amplifying humanities organizations and programs around the state with funding and visibility, by connecting practitioners with one another and across sectors, and, most of all, by promoting and strengthening the statewide cultural community of which we are part. 

Our plan is an expression of our values. Throughout this planning process, we returned again and again to the values that guide our priorities and our approach. We are committed to being partner-centered, to honoring our complex histories and cultures, to making space for difficult (and crucial) conversations, and to actively promoting equity. 

Our plan is an invitation. As you explore this plan, we hope you feel as energized and inspired as we are by the vision we are working towards—and the journey we are embarking on. We cannot do it without you—the people who make the humanities happen every day in every corner of our state.  

Thank you for your partnership. Thank you for sharing this vision.


View the Strategic Plan

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