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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 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 25, 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 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

Purchase a Golden Ticket for $125.00 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 $75.00 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 $50.00 to gain entrance to this unique tour!
Only 12 Golden Tickets are available for this in-person experience.