People all over the state and the country are involved with the humanities, whether through community organizations like libraries and museums, or in formal education, whether it’s K-12 or at the college level. The Wisconsin Humanities Council is part of a statewide and national web of humanities connections that we want to share with you.
The Wisconsin Idea is to provide everyone in the state access to the resources and research of the University System. UW-Extension strives to realize the ideal with centers and programs on all 26 UW campuses, as well as County Offices in all 72 counties. Thanks to our shared commitment to statewide educational service, UW-Extension agrees to provide the WHC with important fiscal and other services.
There are humanities councils in every state and US territory, founded in the 1970s thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities and Congress. Councils are independent, nonprofit organizations that support grassroots humanities programs.
The Wisconsin Humanities Council is a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The Federation works with all state humanities councils to advocate for the value of the humanities in public and private life. It supports councils in our mission to make the humanities a part of life for every citizen.
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Federal/State Partnership oversees the 56 independent humanities councils to ensure responsible stewardship of public funds entrusted to them. The office encourages councils to serve as models of excellent nonprofit management, maintain open communication, and produce high-quality humanities programs.
Humanities councils receive an annual congressional appropriation through the National Endowment for the Humanities. The work of the Federal/State Partnership and the councils is legislatively mandated.
Cultural Coalition of Wisconsin
The Cultural Coalition of Wisconsin’s member organizations work together on projects and initiatives, including portalwisconsin.org. The Cultural Coalition was formed in 1993 and is made up of eight members:
- Wisconsin Humanities Council
- Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
- Wisconsin Arts Board
- Wisconsin Historical Society
- Wisconsin Library Association
- Wisconsin Public Radio
- Wisconsin Public Television
- University of Wisconsin-Extension–Outreach & E-Learning
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