Program Description

Illinois Humanities is excited to announce Foreground Rural Initiative! A new three-year project that seeks to strengthen the civic fabric of our state by amplifying the voices and experiences of rural residents and their communities through the arts and humanities.

As a statewide nonprofit, Illinois Humanities’ mission is to activate the humanities throughout all of Illinois, particularly for counties and towns in rural areas and small arts and cultural organizations.

Please reach out if you have questions. If your question is around the overall initiative, reach out to Fairouz AbuGhazaleh, at

Four different images of buildings and signs in rural Illinois
Top left: Barn, west of Steeleville (Randolph County) – photograph by Candace Birdsong; Top right: Asbury Church and Cemetery, northeastern Gallatin County, resting place of Claud “Pie Plant Pete” Moye, early country music recording artist and radio personality; Bottom left: Oilfield Store, Oilfield (Clark County); Bottom right: Soybean field and Stone Seed signage along U.S. Highway 136, east-central Illinois – photograph by Bruce Morton

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Foreground Initiative Advisory Committee