Statewide honor for director of Western Illinois Museum
Illinois Humanities handed out its Public Humanities Awards (PHA) during a virtual ceremony on Thursday. One of the recipients is from western Illinois.
IL Humanities praised Sue Scott, Director of the Western Illinois Museum in Macomb, for what it called her bold, creative approaches to current issues, local history, and personal and collective storytelling.
And Executive Director Gabrielle Lyon called Scott “…the fiercest, most generous champion of the humanities that I know.”
In accepting the award, Scott said she hopes it shines a light on all the small museums and community centers across the state.
“We do this so that we can gather and keep our community close, celebrate who we are, and then tackle those problems that we might need to tackle,” she said.
Scott also called it an award for all the museum’s partners and supporters, and she called IL Humanities “a lifeline” for the museum.
IL Humanities, which is the Illinois affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, said the PHAs are a celebration of people who have a transformative impact on their communities.
The organization also honored two other people:
- Nicole Bond is an award-winning poet, museum educator, and teaching artist from Chicago
- Lorenzo Savage is executive director and co-founder of I Am East St. Louis, a magazine and community organization
In addition, IL Humanities gave its Beacon Award to Art for Justice, which was founded in 2017 by Agnes Gund to “end mass incarceration in the United States and the racism that drives it.”
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