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This is your chance to up your humanities experience game–who needs Netflix and streaming when you have the Illinois Humanities’ Golden Tickets?

Including both virtual and in-person experiences, this is your opportunity to dive in deep (from your couch) on topics such as pie-baking and its connection to culture, insider’s take on the highly acclaimed Smart Museum exhibit, how Katherine Dunham’s trips to Africa influenced her dancing and teaching! And an in-person experience that is one of a kind. Take a peek and get your Golden Ticket(s) now!

Golden Ticket Experiences with #2022PHA Recipient Sue Scott:

Learn the Art of Baking Pie!
Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Blueberry pieBake pies from the comfort of your own kitchen with this year’s contestants in the Macomb Pie-off. You’ll learn how to make Pear Ginger Pie, Sour Cream Apple Pie, and Ruby Newlin’s Orange Rhubarb Pie. Get all the tips and tricks that have passed on through generations of West Central Illinois pie makers.

You bring the ingredients (we’ll send you the list) and the Macomb Pie Stars will supply the recipes and generations of pie knowledge!

Purchase a Golden Ticket for $50.00 to gain entrance to this pie making extravaganza!
Only 20 Golden Tickets are available for this virtual experience.

Field Trip Time: Let’s go to Macomb!
Walking Tour: Sunday, June 12, 2022 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Live music directly following the Tour

photo from walking tourWalking tour with Professor Tim Roberts–A Divided Town in a Divided Nation: Macomb in the Civil War Era. This walking tour will be led by Western Illinois University History Professor Tim Roberts and visits Macomb’s Courthouse Square to explore where “Lincoln men” and “Copperheads” squared off. The tour will also highlight connections of the square to local figures active in the antebellum “underground railroad,” and identify spaces in and around Chandler Park marking the achievements of two Civil War veterans.

You’ll end the walking tour at the Western Illinois Museum just in time for its Summer Sunday Music Series featuring award-winning Creole fiddler and IH Road Scholar Dennis Stroughmatt. This music series includes local food trucks and a cash bar.

Purchase a Golden Ticket for $100.00 to participate in this history and culture-centered walking experience.
Only 10 Golden Tickets are available for this in-person experience.

Golden Ticket Experience with #2022PHA Recipient Nicole Bond:

Your Saturday Night Activity: A Private Virtual Guided Tour of Smart Museum of Art exhibition — Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine
Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

image from Bob Thompson Exhibit at the Smart MuseumIf you missed the recent Smart Museum exhibition Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine or if you saw it, loved it, and would like to experience it again, here is the chance to view and discuss high resolution images of selected works from the show, with Lead Museum Educator and 2022 Public Humanities Award honoree Nicole Bond.

This 90 minute interactive remote experience will spotlight the brilliance of Black American artist Bob Thompson who created an expansive body of over 1000 chromatically exuberant paintings — inspired by myth and allegory; Jazz and poetry, civil rights and old world art — in a brief 8 year time span. Mature themes. Best suited for adult audiences.

Purchase a Golden Ticket for $50.00 to participate gain entrance to this unique tour!
Only 20 Golden Tickets are available for this virtual experience.

Golden Ticket Experience with #2022PHA Recipient Lorenzo Savage:

Fan of Dance? An Insider’s Virtual Tour of the Revolutionary World of 20th Century Dance Innovator Katherine Dunham
Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Image of a younger Katherine Dunham dancingKatherine Mary Dunham, a resident of East St. Louis, had one of the most successful dance careers in African-American and European theater of the 20th century, and directed her own dance company for many years. East St. Louis now boasts the Katherine Dunham Museum–and you’ll get an insider’s tour, hosted by 2022 Public Humanities Award honoree Lorenzo Savage who also happens to be the chair of the Museum’s board!

The Katherine Dunham Museum houses Miss Dunham’s outstanding collection of more than 250 African and Caribbean art objects from more than 50 countries. Tapestries, paintings, sculptures, musical instruments, and ceremonial costumes from around the world celebrate the human spirit of the Museum. Additionally, the museum holds an extensive video archive and displays costumes, photographs, programs, letters, awards, and mementos from Miss Dunham’s career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer, and dance company owner. Learn more about her on YouTube.

Purchase a Golden Ticket for $50.00 to gain entrance to this unique tour!
Only 20 Golden Tickets are available for this virtual experience.

Golden Ticket Experience with Illinois Humanities Executive Director Gabrielle (Gabe) Lyon with ceramicist, artist, and designer Joe Kraft:

Summer Sip and Savor
Friday, July 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

is/was label design by Joe KraftJoin Gabe and Joe in her Kenwood, Chicago home for a summer evening of delicious food, stimulating conversation with nationally recognized nonprofit leader, author, and educator Gabe Lyon, refreshing selections from Chicago’s Is/Was Brewing and a chance to talk with artist Joe Kraft about his design process for creating labels for Is/Was limited editions and their evolving series of craft beers.

Learn more about Joe Kraft’s designs at josephkraft.com.

Purchase a Golden Ticket for $175.00 for you and a guest!
Only 6 Golden Tickets are available for this in-person experience.

Golden Ticket Experience with Intuit President and CEO Debra Kerr:

In-person Behind the Scenes Tour of Intuit, the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Date and Time to be mutually agreed upon

Intuit, The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art logoExplore one of Chicago’s cultural gems, the Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art! Intuit President and CEO Debra Kerr will personally lead a VIP tour for up to six guests–live and in-person! The package includes copies of Intuit’s magazine, The Outsider, and select catalogs on outsider art.

Founded in 1991, Intuit is a premier museum of outsider and self-taught art, defined as work created by artists who faced marginalization, overcame personal odds to make their artwork, or who did not, or sometimes could not, follow a traditional path of art making, often using materials at hand to realize their artistic vision. By presenting a diversity of artistic voices, Intuit builds a bridge from art to audiences. The museum’s mission is grounded in the ethos that powerful art can be found in unexpected places and made by unexpected creators.

Purchase a Golden Ticket for $125.00 to gain entrance to this unique tour!
Only 6 Golden Tickets are available for this in-person experience.

Golden Ticket Experience with Co-curators Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes:

In-person Intimate Tour of Remaking the Exceptional at the DePaul Art Museum
Date and Time to be determined

Tea party cup from Envisioning Justice RE:ACTION websiteDon’t miss co-curators Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes’ buzzed-about exhibit, Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture, and Reparations | Chicago to Guantánamo, at the DePaul Art Museum. The exhibition explores the legal and moral implications of torture and incarceration. While the exhibition highlights the abuses that took place at Guantánamo and the connections between policing and incarceration in Chicago, it also celebrates the struggle for survival, justice, and reparations by imprisoned people, activists, and artists.

Join Amber and Aaron for a guided tour of the more than 100 works in the exhibition produced by torture survivors, artists, activists, and collectives who share a long-term commitments to creating visions of justice.

Get a preview of Amber and Aaron’s work by visiting their free virtual exhibition The Tea Project, part of Envisioning Justice RE:ACTION.

Purchase a Golden Ticket for $100.00 to gain entrance to this unique tour!
Only 12 Golden Tickets are available for this in-person experience.


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Get Your Tickets Here!

Note: The raffle will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th. Winners will be notified on Friday, May 27th.

Raffle Item I:

Annual Family Membership to the Field Museum

photo from walking tourEnjoy a one-year family membership to the Field Museum for two adults and children*! Benefits include unlimited basic admission and free admission to all ticketed exhibitions, opportunities to go behind the scenes at Annual Members’ Nights, invitations to member-only virtual events throughout the year, and more! A $150 value.

*Children, ages 17 and under, who live in the same household as the member or who are grandchildren of the member.

Purchase raffle tickets at $25.00 each.

Raffle Item II:

Private In-person Tour and Membership at the Design Museum of Chicago

photo from walking tourThe Design Museum of Chicago inspires, educates, and fosters innovation through design. The Museum views design as more than a powerful source of inspiration. It is an integral tool that can help to connect communities and create equity. Through short-term exhibitions and engaging public programming the Design Museum contextualizes and humanizes design’s influence in everyday life.

Your Design Museum membership includes a slew of perks like discounts to Design Museum events and shop and invites to Exclusive design workshops–plus you’ll get a private in-person tour of an exhibition for you and a guest. Membership Value: $60 | Private Tour Value: Exclusive to this event, not available commercially

Purchase raffle tickets at $25.00 each.

Raffle Item III:

“Impossible” to miss art posters

Originally designed for the Design Museum of Chicago’s 2014 Kickstarter, each of the Let’s Do Something Impossible posters features the work of a fabulous artist with a fantastically impossible message that resonates across media and time. These limited edition posters are not commercially available so bid today! Poster dimensions—18×24″ | 1 poster per winner | 6 posters in total

Purchase raffle tickets at $25.00 each.