Join us for Spark!

When: September 9th – October 14th

Tuesday – Friday: 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Central Illinois Connection Center

404 – 408 East Locust St. Chatsworth, IL 60921

Come explore a Smithsonian exhibition!

Travel to innovative rural communities across the nation. Spark! Places of Innovation explores stories of towns that tapped into existing strengths to confront challenges and create opportunities. See how their unique combination of place, people, and creativity ignited change — socially, artistically, technologically, or culturally. Be inspired to spark innovation in your own town today!

Illinoisans are innovators.

Spark! Places of Innovation highlights innovation in rural Illinois from the perspectives of people who have lived it. The seven Illinois communities featured in the Spark! exhibition – Including Atlanta, Chatsworth, Equality, Fairbury, Hillsboro, Marshall, and Rushville — have enhanced their vitality through innovations in fields such as technology, agriculture, economic development, education, and the arts. Come by to explore the diversity, ingenuity, and tenacity of rural Illinoisans in Spark! Places of Innovation. 

Spark! is presented by Illinois Humanities. Go to to learn more.

Call Mary Catherine at 815-848-6246 for more information.


Thank you to our generous sponsors!

ATS Acoustics

B&D Chemical

Stone Seed

One Earth Energy

The Financial Center

State Farm

Technical Metals, Inc.

First State Bank of Forrest

Alliance Grain

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