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Public Humanities Award

We honored Cheryl Lynn Bruce and Kerry James Marshall on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the InterContinental Magnificent Mile.

We were thrilled to honor these two multi-talented Chicago luminaries for both their individual achievements and their celebrated collaborations in the arts and humanities.

Cheryl Lynn Bruce and Kerry James Marshall have made lasting contributions using the arts and humanities as powerful tools for social justice, dialogue, and community building in Illinois and beyond. As a couple their collaborations have also left indelible marks on Chicago and cities far beyond. For these reasons and so many more, we were delighted to honor these two artists with the 2019 Public Humanities Award.

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