Program Description

Illinois Humanities and ProPublica Illinois‘ Engagement Challenge Award aims to foster investigative reporting that resonates across our state’s diverse, geographically disparate communities. Award recipient Coya Paz, Artistic Director of Free Street Theater, will work with ProPublica Illinois to facilitate theater-based workshops around the state to spark discussion about the news and information that impacts Illinoisans.

Photo composite courtesy of Logan Jaffe/ProPublica Illinois (newsroom photo) and Free Street Theater (stage photo)

Upcoming Events

Betting on Rockford: Is Rockford Winning Its Bet on Video Gambling?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 6 – 8 PM
Nordlof Center of the Rockford Public Library
118 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101

The state is paving the way for more gambling in Rockford while local politicians remain split on the issue. Before the ante gets raised, ProPublica Illinois wants to know whether you think gambling has paid off in Rockford. What changes have you seen video gambling already bring to Rockford and how is your community being impacted? We want to hear from you for an active dialogue with Free Street Theater and the Rockford Public Library about the future of gambling. This dialogue is a part of an initiative between Free Street Theater, ProPublica, Illinois Humanities Council to facilitate conversations among people with different perspectives in ways that are fun, honest and informative. The event is free, open to the public; all ages welcome, no experience required. We encourage people with varying perspectives to attend.

Past Events

Free Street Theater and ProPublica Illinois Workshop: Chicago
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Free Street Theater and ProPublica Illinois Workshop: Urbana
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Independent Media Center

Free Street Theater and ProPublica Illinois Workshop: Carbondale/Jackson County
Sunday, May 6th, 2018
Carbondale Civic Center

Free Street Theater and ProPublica Illinois Workshop: Rock Island/Quad Cities
Thursday, June 6th, 2018
Hauberg Civic Center

Free Street Theater and ProPublica Illinois Workshop: Toulon
Friday, June 7th, 2018
Newsroom Bistro