Fantastic Friends of WILL
We’ve been saying it for years, but we felt it was finally time to make it official – the Friends of WILL are true superheroes of public media! Each of you has a vital role to play in keeping public media a central part of our community. So it is our great pleasure to introduce you to the Fantastic Friends of WILL.
The Fantastic Friends believe in the power of public media! Not only do they financially support it, they know the world is a better place when public media is thriving in local communities, just like ours.
All through the month of September, we want to celebrate the great things our Fantastic Friends provide for our community through their generous support. And, of course, there can never be too many Fantastic Friends, so if you would like to support the wonderful things public media does, you can join the fight here.
Which of the Fantastic Friends are you? Take our SUPER quiz today, and then let the world know which Fantastic Friend YOU are using #WILLFantasticFriends on your favorite social media platform. Who knows, we just might share it!
Meet Jillian Nickell, the talented local artist behind the Fantastic Friends illustrations.
Captain Classical spreads the power of classical music. She knows classical music can spark creativity, fight depression, and improve productivity. Captain Classical strives to make classical music available to all to create a thriving community and ensure music continues to flourish in all central Illinois homes.
The Green Thumb
The Green Thumb believes in beautifying the world one plant at a time. No yard is too small, no reclamation project too big. She knows the joy that comes from cultivating soil into bountiful harvests, so The Green Thumb plants great gardens everywhere she travels. It only takes a few well-placed seeds to change a neighborhood.
The Cosmopolitan Crusader knows exposure to other cultures around the world is the best way to bring empathy and understanding. Since not everyone can afford to travel to see the world, he seeks to bring the world to as many people as possible, so that we can better understand all global citizens. The Cosmopolitan Crusader is passionate that all cultures be celebrated and preserved.
Favorite Programs: Rick Steves, No Passport Required, BBC, Global 3000, The Great British Baking Show, DW News, international food shows, Evening Concert, Civilizations
Doc Watcher recognizes that history provides essential lessons for our present and future. He studies the origins of our culture to explain who we are and how we can work better together. Doc Watcher is motivated by an interest in how his fellow humans are affected by policy, war, and compassion. He also understands the importance of preserving cultural artifacts while providing context to the next generation.
Favorite Programs: Ken Burns documentaries, Finding Your Roots, American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, This American Life, Independent Lens
The News Hound
The News Hound seeks out fact-based journalism. She believes in being well-informed about a wide variety of topics to help spread information and teaches the importance of a well-funded, free press to democracy. And The News Hound's companion dog, Arfie Shapiro, is always there to help her sniff out multiple-sourced facts.
The Sprouting Scientist
The Sprouting Scientist is filled with endless curiosity about the world. His generation will depend on innovation and scientific discovery, so he learns to use hypotheses and the scientific method to explore his environment. The Sprouting Scientist is excited to use his knowledge to help solve many of the world’s most perplexing problems.
Favorite Programs: Nature Cat, Sid the Science Kid, Ready Jet Go, Big Picture Science, Nova, Nature, Science Friday
Which Fantastic Friend are YOU?
Let the adventures begin! The #WILLFantasticFriends are working to make the world a better place through the power of public media. And you can too! So, which FF are you? https://t.co/9Z9MZ5gFte pic.twitter.com/ODBiQUm9cn— IL Public Media (@willpublicmedia) August 30, 2018
Meet Jillian Nickell
Meet Jillian Nickell, the local illustrator behind the Fantastic Friends of WILL. Growing up on a farm in central Illinois is where her love for birds, in particular chickens, was born. She enjoys drawing SUPER cool things and screen printing her art. You can explore more of her work on her website, and follow her art on Facebook and Instagram.