Ira S. Murfin
The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) was created to promote, support, and expand the public humanities, understanding them to be an important tool for cultivating civic conversations in Chicago and beyond. CHF explores themes that address civic and social issues of urgent and broad concern. CHF’s neighborhood-based partnerships (with cultural and civic organizations, such as schools, community centers, galleries, and performance venues), as well as a growing and more nuanced commitment to convening communities around issues relevant to their specific locales, have been vital to this. The Program Manager will elevate and deepen CHF’s existing neighborhood-driven strategy by researching the necessary intellectual, collaborative, and financial infrastructure to support these efforts. The Program Manager will conduct extensive research into the best models for programming created in dialogue with different communities and, with the input of the Programming team, create a comprehensive plan for audience outreach and partnership development.