American Portrait: Central Illinois

American Portrait | Central Illinois

American Portrait—a national storytelling project aligned with PBS’s 50th anniversary celebration—invites everyday people to participate in a national conversation about what it really means to be an American today. WILL-TV has put together a special local edition, American Portrait | Central Illinois, focusing exclusively on the lives of those in Central Illinois dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stream all episodes in the series for free right now on WILL-TV's watch page or by searching "Lift Every Voice" on the PBS Video App.

American Portrait Central Illinois Shavonnes Year

Shavonne’s Year

Shavonne Cole—studying Media and Cinema Studies at the College of Media at Illinois—documents her academic year during a pandemic, living and working on campus while attending classes…
American Portrait: Central Illinois. Lift every voice.

Lift Every Voice

The Windy City Performing Arts choirs, Danville High School Madrigals, and University of Illinois Black Chorus navigate a new set of challenges to singing together and keeping people safe.
American Portrait: Central Illinois. Living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Living Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

A pastor, a high school senior, a grocery store operator, a nurse and father, a small business owner, and an oil producer document the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on their everyday lives.