Annual Report - Chicago Humanities Festival

fiscal year 2008
Front cover photos, clockwise from upper left: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater,
student attendee of Children’s Festival, Barrel of Monkeys, Mayor Richard M.
Daley, attendees of the Wangari Maathai lecture, Majora Carter, the Hyperbolic
Crocheted Coral Reef, and the Chicago Complaints Choir.
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Inside cover photos, clockwise from upper left: Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sones de
México, student from Philo Carpenter Elementary, E.L. Doctorow, image from
the Cape Farewell expedition, readers at Bookstalk, Wangari Maathai, audience
member at Carlo Petrini lecture, participants in Animation Station, Max Eastley
performing in Millenium Park.
Photos © Brian Lee Photography, Eric Unger.
Chicago Humanities Festival
Chicago Humanities Festival
About Our Annual Report
Director, Education & Children’s
Humanities Festival
Jean S. Berghoff
Amanda Burr
Willard G. Fraumann
This Annual Report accounts for the ways in which we have
stewarded these valuable resources in the reporting year, and
outlines our vision for the year ahead.
We at the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) believe that
the active, life-long study of the humanities enriches and
enhances the lives of individuals, their communities, and
the world in which we all live.
Our purpose is to create opportunities for people of all ages
and circumstances to explore, enjoy, and be enriched by
the arts and humanities. We accomplish this by creating
an annual fall Festival of the Humanities and by presenting
educational programs throughout the year that encourage the
study and enjoyment of the humanities.
To make a contribution or for more information,
contact the CHF’s Development Office:
Tel: 312-661-1028
Fax: 312-661-1018
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Mary Kate Barley – Jenkins
In order to pursue and fulfill the objectives outlined in our
mission statement, the Chicago Humanities Festival relies
on the continued support from public and private sources,
including the generous in-kind donations of time, goods, and
other resources. In addition to the $351,562 of in-kind support
we received in Fiscal 2008, our work would not be possible
without the efforts of the more than 400 volunteers and venue
coordinators who donated 2,420 hours to cover 470 shifts;
and 25 interns who worked more than 3,760 hours over the
course of the year. Through their combined efforts, the CHF
saved approximately $70,000 in direct labor costs, net of the
costs to run the internship and volunteer programs.
Our Mission
Vice Chair
Program Manager
Christopher N. Knight
Rem Cabrera
Vice Chair & Secretary
Development Director – Institutional Giving
Karla Scherer
Saloni Dar
Vice Chair
Administrative Manager
Avy H. Stein
Stuart Flack
Vice Chair & Treasurer
Executive Director
Marilynn J. Thoma
Joan M. Fox
Vice Chair
John P. Amboian
Allegra E. Biery
Mary A. Boyer
S. Cody Engle
R. Scott Falk
Harve A. Ferrill
Denise B. Gardner
Mary Louise Gorno
Clark Hulse
Morris A. Kaplan
Lisa Yun Lee
Marie A. Lona
Harrison I. Steans
Christopher Q. Stephan
Richard J. Franke
Founding Chairman
Richard Gray
Vice Chairman
Paul C. Gignilliat
Ruth Ann Quinn
Richard J. Stern
Donald E. Sveen
John A. Wing
Managing Director, Finance & Administration
Shannon P. Galvin
Associate Director – Special Events
and Sponsorships
Luke Herman
Development and Audience Services Coordinator
Heidi C. Hewitt
Associate Director – Planning and Production
Leon J. Hilton
Program Coordinator
Heather Irwin
Associate Manager, Patron Services
Gabriela C. Jirasek
Marketing and New Media Associate
Peter Kuntz
Managing Director, Program & Production
Carol Rosofsky
Counsel to Development, Programming
and Special Events
Kathleen D. Pace
Development Director – Individual Giving
Sheila Seles
Operations/Volunteer and Intern Coordinator
Lisa M. Viscusi
Education Program Manager
Lawrence Weschler
Artistic Director
Photos from top down: Roni Horn lectures on climate change, kids help to create “Our Green City” at the
Peggy Noteabaert Museum, Slow Food Movement founder Carlo Petrini meets his fans at his lecture.
and Supporters
and Friends
Willard G. Fraumann
Chairman, CHF Board of Directors
anniversary in 2009. We are deep into developing our first long range strategic plan and
have started to identify a number of new areas where we hope to expand the Festival’s
mission. Stuart has precisely the right combination of creative spirit and management
expertise to move the Festival forward into new endeavors.
Dear Friends and Supporters:
It is with great pleasure that I share with you this report on our
institution’s many achievements during the past year – a period of real growth for the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF).
For eighteen years, the Festival has been bringing the world to
Chicago, and this year was certainly no exception. Last fall, the Festival featured more
international presenters than ever before, with authors, artists, journalists, and scientists coming from as far away as Sweden, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, France, the
United Kingdom, and Finland. While we brought the corners of the world closer, we also
expanded the Festival’s boundaries – branching out beyond our traditional venues and
taking our programs into Chicago’s neighborhoods: Kenwood, the Northwest side, Back
of the Yards, and Pilsen are just a few of the communities where Festival programs are
now being staged. We pride ourselves on being the only organization in Chicago to partner with as many cultural and educational institutions as we do (more than 30), ranging
from the established (Art Institute of Chicago) to the emerging (Little Black Pearl Art
and Design Center).
This fall’s Festival will lift your spirit to new heights as we explore the many ideas that
inspire us and change the way we live. The 2008 Chicago Humanities Festival theme,
“Thinking Big,” will examine human works, ideas, and dreams (past, present, and future) of large scope, ambition, success, and failure. In this sense, we are stepping back
from last year’s focus on a single, pressing social issue in order to ponder the bigger
picture. We will consider essential questions such as: What are some of the ambitious
human works, schemes, or inventions that promoted or inhibited the advance of civilization? What are some of the great, overarching concepts of the past that still underlie
many of our current assumptions? What were some of history's great discoveries and
conceptual turning points? What constitutes a truly transformative idea? What makes
an idea successful? Where will the next audacious ideas come from and what will they
be? So many questions and so little time!
The past year has been a whirlwind, marked by significant changes for the CHF. We are
especially invigorated after last fall’s appointment of Stuart Flack as the CHF’s new
Executive Director. We are privileged to have found such an accomplished corporate
strategist and much acclaimed humanist to lead the Festival as we approach our 20th
One of the most visible changes of the past year is that for the first time in our 18-year
history, the Chicago Children’s Humanities Festival took place as a stand-alone event in
the spring. The Children’s Festival has always been a hidden gem within the larger Chicago Humanities Festival. But with our children’s programming growing so much over
the years, we thought it was time to highlight the exceptional quality of the children’s
programs and let the Children’s Festival proudly take its place in our community’s rich
cultural line-up.
Speaking of children’s programs, we are thrilled to announce that the CHF’s Words@
PLAY after school program, which was developed in partnership with the Chicago Park
District, won a 2007 Coming Up Taller Award, the nation’s highest honor for after school
and out-of-school arts and humanities programs. The Coming Up Taller Program recognizes
outstanding community arts and humanities initiatives that celebrate the creativity of
America's young people. The award was presented by First Lady Laura Bush at an official White House ceremony on January 28, 2008. We are very proud to see our Children’s
Festival “growing up!”
No one else in Chicago nurtures and sustains the arts and humanities quite the way we
do; nowhere else in the country is there a festival with a scope as comprehensive as
ours. As we continue to advance our mission and bring further prestige to our great city,
we know that we could not do it without you, our valued supporters. Thank you for your
continued confidence in the extraordinary work that we do. We look forward to seeing
you this fall for the 2008 Chicago Humanities Festival, “Thinking Big.”
Willard G. Fraumann
Chairman, Board of Directors
Festival Contributors
Letter to Supporters and Friends
Lawrence Weschler
CHF Artistic Director
Stuart Flack
CHF Executive Director
The Chicago Humanities Festival is a unique and wonderful
institution, and yet we have an enormous unrealized potential
to increase our audience, presence, and impact in the Chicago
area and beyond. Over the coming years you’ll see us growing
and innovating along four dimensions:
Time: You’ll see us begin to program consistently throughout the year. The
Children’s Festival has just had a great run in its new spring time slot. Our programming this fall will stretch across six weeks instead of two, making it easier for
our audience to attend more events. And we are exploring some one-day “mini”
festivals for the winter.
Geography: We’ve learned that location is critical in attracting new and diverse
audiences and so we are expanding beyond our traditional venues in Steeterville
and the Loop. This past year we’ve programmed in Hyde Park, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Kenwood, Pilsen, Evanston, and Rogers Park. In the future you will see
us continue this push into more neighborhoods, suburbs, and beyond.
Content: We are known for lectures, panels, and performances, and we will
always deliver them, but we are committed to expanding the kind of programming
we do. As a playwright, I know how valuable a tool commissions are to artists. Last
year we commissioned and co-produced six new plays for the adult festival and
one, “The Blue House,” for the Children’s Festival. This coming fall we are commissioning or producing a hugely diverse range of content in theater, jazz, classical
music, cabaret, opera, folk, sonic sculpture, visual art, and architecture.
Technology: We will be using technology both to deepen our relationship with
our audiences and to put us in touch with new audiences and new presenters. Webbased video will allow us to feature world class presenters who cannot travel to
Chicago and to broadcast our programming to audience locations outside Chicago.
Over the coming years you’ll also see us using the web in every aspect of our business: marketing, ticket sales, and, most important, the publishing of humanities
content by scholars and authors from around the world.
I look forward to making this journey with everyone.
When my kid brother was turning nineteen several years back,
he took to grouching as to how nineteen just wasn’t interesting.
Eighteen was interesting, and twenty is interesting, and twenty-one:
very interesting. But nineteen: eeennnch. Well (I tried to console
him) maybe; but on the other hand, he was entering his twentieth
year. A few minutes later I heard him crowing to a friend over the phone about how he
was entering his third decade!
As are we, as are we. So: big doings here at the nineteenth annual Festival, in
themselves worthy of our theme for this year: “Thinking Big!” Actually, though, the
origins of our focus come from another happenstance altogether—the fact that next
year is the hundredth anniversary of Daniel Burnham’s legendary plan for the future
of the city of Chicago, the first such comprehensive plan for the controlled growth of
any American city and the foundation of much of what is great about our splendid
metropolis to this day. Part of the observances next year will focus on the question of
what it might be like to think about the future of our current city with similar panache
and vision. Burnham’s motto, of course, was “Make no little plans,” the only prospects
worth envisioning being the grand and the mighty.
Which got us to thinking: as a kind of prelude to next year’s Burnham Centennial,
why not consider ambition as such, the glory and grandeur (and sometimes folly) occasioned by the human predilection for the grand gesture, the great scheme, the big
idea, the world-transformative moment. Thinking, that is, at scale.
We are not unaware that such a theme evolves quite naturally from our focus last
year on The Climate of Concern, and indeed several of our programs this year will
outline ways in which concerns evinced by global warming and environmental degradation call out for Big Thinking and, indeed, Big Doing. Thus, for example, and in
the spirit of Burnham, we will be considering how we might bring about a midwestern
regional high speed train network, with Chicago as its natural hub—such a network
itself constituting the catalyst for all sorts of other transformative possibilities. But we
will also be trying to put such grand visions in a wider context: for human ambition
has a (sometimes checkered) history, and manifests itself across all sorts of humanistic
So, as you can see, we’ve got a big train a’coming: All aboard!
Stuart Flack
CHF Executive Director
Lawrence Weschler
CHF Artistic Director
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Big Givers
During the 2008 Fiscal
Year, corporations,
foundations, and the
public sector donated
over $922,000 to the
Chicago Humanities
Festival to support public
programming, education
initiatives, and day-to-day
Pictured from left to right: Heather Klein, T.J. Houlihan (McCormick Foundation), and John Kurtz at the 2007 CHF Benefit Gala.
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Marcie and Avy Stein
Molly and Christopher Stephan
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Julie and Parker Hall a
Emily and Christopher N. Knight
Richard and Judith Stern Family Foundation
Don and Rebecca Ford Terry Family Fund
$10,000 - $14,999
Mr. and Mrs. William Adams, IV
Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Block, III a
Nancie and Bruce Dunn
Greta Wiley Flory
Presidential Award Winners
The Chicago Humanities Festival and the Chicago Park
District, which jointly created the Words@PLAY program to
enable children to develop their powers of self-expression
through poetry, were nationally recognized as one of 18
youth arts and humanities programs that received the
prestigious 2007 Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. CHF Education Director Mary Kate Barley-Jenkins and student poet
Phoenix Steele travelled to Washington, D.C. on Monday,
January 28, 2008 for a ceremony at the White House where
they accepted the award from First Lady Laura Bush.
Pictured from left to right: CHF Director of Education and the Children’s Festival, Mary Kate Barley-Jenkins, student poet Phoenix Steele, and First Lady Laura Bush.
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CHF Fact:
41% of the operating revenue for the Chicago
Humanities Festival comes directly from individual
donors. To learn more about membership and
giving opportunities visit
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Virginia R. Bolen
Barbara and Roger Brown
Elin and Stanley Christianson
CHF Fact:
Over 9,000 free tickets were distributed to
students and teachers for the Fall “The Climate
of Concern” Festival.
Festival Contributors
Dottie and James L. Currie
Constance and Peter Dickinson
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Egan
Patricia Farrell
Lorna C. Ferguson and Terry Clark
Susan and Jim Florsheim
Rita and Allyn Franke
Kenneth Frazier
R. Dean and Gerissa A. French
Joel M. Friedman
Marcia and Tom Fritz
Carol Godwin
Mary Louise Gorno
Sally Hands
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Herbst
Cynthia Heusing and David H Kistenbroker
Nancy A. Horner
Tina and Lawrence Howe
Clark and Carolyn Hulse
Mr. and Mrs. Justin S. Huscher
Barbara Huyler
Stephen O. Jackson
Jan and Bill Jentes
Rosalind and Michael Keiser
Leslie and Thomas Kennedy
William Ketchum
Anne D. Koch
Peter Landon
Carolyn S. Levin
Judith and Bill Locke
Jim and Nancy Loewenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lord
Jessie and Douglas MacDonald
Ann and Richard Marcus
Diana Davis and William D. Mason
Linda and Denny Mayer
Joyce and Edward McCaffrey
Milton L. Meigs
Helen Melchior
Abby Mandel Meyer
Pamela P. Michaelis
Paula and Herbert Molner
Linda and David Moscow
Alicia C. Mullen
Becky and Michael Murray
Isobel H. Neal
Eva Niewiadomski
Nan Ochs
Bonnie Perry
Betty and Tom Philipsborn
Donna and Leslie Pinsof
Mary Jane and Bernard Pollack
Anita and Oren Pollock
Mrs. Charles S. Potter
Claire and Gordon Prussian
Merle Reskin
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Deloris and Harold Sanders
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Virginia B. and Roger L. Carlson
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Renée Logan
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Ann May
Karen and Andrew McGhee
Sheila and Harvey Medvin
Generous Volunteers
While much of the work behind the scenes at the Chicago
Humanities Festival is done by its tireless staff, over 400
volunteers offer up their time and energy to ensure the
Festival’s success.
Additionally, the Festival offers college students and recent
graduates the opportunity to intern in several departments.
Interns work closely with Festival staff to run education
programs, create publicity and marketing materials, and
coordinate Festival events.
Pictured from left to right: Tracie McKenzie, Programming Intern, and Kyly Zakheim, Children’s Festival Intern.
Marcia and Jack Melamed
Linda and Norman Merwise
Gearold D. Miles
Lois and Robert Moeller
Barbara Morgenstern
Lucia Mouat
Carol A. Obertubbesing and Michael Epstein
Dr. Don A. Olson
Patsy and David Oser
Donna L. Owens
Allen and Georga Parchem
Barbara Parson
Lynn B. Pearl
Elizabeth and William Pross
Kathy and Jack Riley
Susan and David R Rossi
Susan Rothholz
Lori and Laurence Rubin
Michael Rubinstein
Alyne Salstone
John Scanlon
Shirley and John Schlossman
Carol W. and James L. Schroeder
Francine Scully
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Sheffield, Jr.
Suzanne Singer
Mrs. John R. Siragusa
Brittany Smith
Dorothy Spizman
Jan and Bruce Tranen
Sheila and Alvin Ukman
Laurene von Klan
Jill K. Wachholz
Margot A. Wallace
Myron C. Warshauer
Dan Watts
Frona and William Weaver
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Weil
Marsha F. Weis
Ann Weisman
Bernice Weissbourd
Laura and Michael Werner
Ms. Karen A. Zupko
Rhyan M. Zweifler
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Increase in Net Assets from Operations
Operating Revenue Sources
1.2% Miscellaneous
11.8% Corporate
8% Gala Benefit
41% Individual
19% Foundation
10% Management
12.6% Fundraising
88% Revenue
Functional Operating Expenses
5.5% Admissions
9.6% Endowment
Dist. & Interest
Total Functional Operating Expenses:
3.9% Public Sector
Total Operating Revenue
Functional Operating Expenses:
Management and General
Revenue & In-Kind Support
12% In-Kind
77.4% Programming