Major Grants Announced

We’re pleased to award $71,460 to eight outstanding projects that explore history, culture, race and ethnicity, youth leadership and regional folklore and lifeways. The Wisconsin Humanities Council couldn’t fund these projects without support from the National Endowment of the Humanities. The NEH provides 90% of the funding that enables us to bring great programming, support and services to the state of Wisconsin. Project sponsors match grants in their community with an average of $3 for every $1 we award.

Congratulations to these eight organizations! These projects tell meaningful stories about Wisconsin and bring communities together to explore important themes. We welcome you to be a part of the story and see these projects and events.

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Talking Spirits XIX: Forest Hill Cemetery Tour in Madison | $7,556 to Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation

Talking Spirits showcases Madison’s role during the Civil War through a living history performance by four re-enactors who relate different perspectives on the Civil War as part of a walking tour of the cemetery. The WHC is happy to again support this program.

Deliberative Dialogue and Youth Voice | $9,500 to Parents for Public Schools – Milwaukee.  

WHC is supporting an expansion of a previously funded pilot project that engages Milwaukee Public Schools students in deliberative dialogue around the question, “what can communities do to help youth succeed?” Working with UW-Milwaukee’s Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership and Research, the program trains students to facilitate dialogues with ther school communities and create digital stories based on the dialogues for presentation at a public showcase. The project is intended to empower students, and given them the tools to see multiple perspectives on an issue and advocate for solutions to real-world problems.

Nature of Culture | $10,000 to Neighborhood House of Milwaukee 

Low-income, underserved Milwaukee youth will engage in cultural explorations and focused education activities that examine how the natural world has affected different cultures over time, thanks to a grant from WHC. Funds will enable summer camp programs to infuse traditional and contemporary cultural experience as children learn about the history, art, language and customs of ethnic groups from Africa, Southeast Asia and Pacific Islanders, Latin America, and Native American Woodland tribal groups.

Folksongs of Another America: The Enduringly Diverse Upper Midwest | $4,800 to Folklore Village (Dodgeville)

WHC is please to support a day of celebrating the folk music of our region through lecture/conversations, polka performances, film and workshops in addition to a polka dance. The program revolves around the Grammy-nominated, multi-media “Folk Songs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest 1937-1946” by James P. Leary, Richard March’s “Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka” and the reissue of Franz Rickaby’s “Ballads and Songs of the Shanty Boy,” updated and re-named “The Pinery Boys.”

Untold Stories Digital Magazine (Zine) Pilot | $10,000 to LOTUS Legal Clinic, Inc.  (Milwaukee) 

WHC has proudly supported the Untold Stories project that gives survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking the skills to transform personal trauma into powerful messages for advocacy and change in culture. The project involves a writing workshop and response artwork that helps restore the voices of survivors. This pilot project involves publishing a zine that showcases the writing and artwork from the past five years plus the upcoming session of Untold Stories in a compilation that includes essays from the fields of literature, art therapy and the law addressed by the workshop.

Ex Fabula Fellowship | $10,000 to Ex Fabula (Milwaukee)

With WHC support, the Ex Fabula Fellowship will engage Milwaukeeans in meaningful, community-led dialogue about race and equity – some of the most pressing issues in the Greater Milwaukee area. The project involves recruiting 25 adults who will come together to craft personal stories about race and equity to be shared at 12 free, interactive outreach performances around the Greater Milwaukee region.  An audience sharing component allows the audience to reflect on and share their own stories through facilitated small group dialogues.

Color-Brave Photo Gallery: Black and Brown Faces, a new narrative | $9,604 to FIT Oshkosh 

FIT Oshkosh, which delivers racial equity programs, education and workshops in the Fox Valley Area will use WHC funds to gather the stories of people of color from the area to celebrate their own stories and share them through facilitated discussions. The project aims to give voice to complexities and details of lived experience that dominant culture narratives may reduce or silence.

The Land We Share Community Engagement Initiative | $10,000 to UW-Whitewater

“The Lands We Share” initiative of the Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project, housed at UW-Whitewater, aims to engage communities in a dialogue about agricultural history and culturally diverse connections to land and farming in Milwaukee County, Jefferson County and several communities in Northeast Wisconsin with an exhibit, web tool and community conversations. WHC funds will help support a pop-up exhibit used to help spark a dialogue about the history of farming and food production in Wisconsin and solicit participation in community conversations.


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