Humanities Programs in Focus | March 8, 2019 | By: Jessica Becker
We are so incredibly proud of the way our grant program provides crucial funds to support homegrown efforts in communities large and small around the state. For each WHC grant dollar we award, an average of $4.87* comes to the project as match from the local community. With seven deadlines every year, our grant program is accessible. It provides the assistance community leaders need to turn dreams into reality.
The recent grant awards are stellar examples. These projects bring people together for opportunities to stretch minds, meet new people, and explore ideas about what it means to be human today, in times past, and into the future.
Humanities events are happening all around the state, coming soon to someplace near you. You can read project descriptions here, find upcoming events here, and follow what is happening on our Facebook page!
Thank you for staying engaged, sharing your ideas, and supporting the humanities in Wisconsin. Now check out this impressive list of outstanding humanities projects we are funding!
Humanities Programs in Focus | March 14, 2018 | By: Jessica Becker
This spring we are proud to announce that 17 organizations have been awarded $102,427 in Major Grants and Mini Grants! 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.
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. Curious about the WHC’s impact in the state? Learn more here!
Inspiration starts here!
Humanities Programs in Focus | December 14, 2017 | By: Meg Turville-Heitz
We’re pleased to award $8,000 to four great projects that tackle everything from the struggle for Civil Rights to negative stereotypes of Native Americans to regional culture and midwestern literature. 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 four 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.
Inspiration starts here!
Humanities Programs in Focus, Tips for Grant Writers | July 14, 2016 | By: Meg Turville-Heitz
This is where our new Grant Program Director, Meg Turville-Heitz, calls home.
We are excited to introduce you to Meg, our new Grant Program Director!
Hi! I’m Meg, the new WHC Grant Program Director. I’m the newest member of the Wisconsin Humanities Council staff and I’ve been asked to introduce myself. Pleased to meet you! I’m eager to learn about your public humanities programs and work with you on your grant applications.
I’m a writer; writing an introduction should be easy. But I have that Midwest “humble” ingrained from birth, that tendency to not crow, to blush at praise, and to self-deprecate whenever there are opportunities to shine. Add to that an irreverent and somewhat gallows-minded sense of humor and I spend a lot of time kicking myself, mostly metaphorically, with under-the-breath “I shouldn’t have said that” moments.
But I digress.
Humanities Programs in Focus | June 8, 2016 | By: Jessica Becker
Congratulations to the following three organizations!
The vagaries of the grant program are somewhat mysterious. For the May Mini-grant cycle, we had a smaller number of proposals than is typical. But what we lacked in quantity was made up for in quality. These three public humanities projects exemplify our mission to use history, culture and conversation to strengthen community life in Wisconsin.
Take a moment to read about these projects, reach out and congratulate their organizers, and mark you calendars for upcoming events.
Humanities Programs in Focus | March 16, 2016 | By: Jessica Becker
Congratulations to the following ten organizations!
This list is a long one. Ten projects stood out as exceptional and our Review Committee members, made up of WHC board members, were thrilled to be able to support these efforts.
Please take a moment to congratulate your colleagues around the state. And maybe you are feeling the pull to hit the road this spring? These program events make great cultural destinations. Check the WHC Calendar of Events for details and contact information. Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus | September 9, 2015 | By: Jessica Becker
We are excited to announce the fall round of Mini-grant awards!
Is there something in the air? Maybe a cool whisper that suggests the seasons are shifting. Maybe it is a youthful nostalgia to dive into the next phase of learning, or the sense that there will be time and space for reading and reflecting in the coming months?
Something about these six projects makes us, at least, excited about the power of words, ideas, and the visionary thinkers who influence us all. These projects offer a collection of history and book discussions, play readings, and poetry events to satisfy all our bookish tendencies. Details will be listed, as always, on our Calendar of Events. Enjoy!
And, please take a moment to congratulate your colleagues and then share this announcement with a friend.
Humanities Programs in Focus | June 10, 2015 | By: Jessica Becker
We are proud to announce that six outstanding humanities projects have been awarded mini-grants. If this crop of summer projects is any indication, it’s going to be a great season.
With seven grant deadlines every year, we receive a wide range of applications. Our board members review each proposal and make funding recommendations. They are looking for projects that serve our mission, and they are specifically thinking about how well each proposed project meets the following criteria:
- Is grounded in the humanities
- Is rooted in the interests of their community
- Serves the public (We don’t fund projects intended for campus-only audiences.)
- Involves humanities experts
- Promotes and strengthens connections between people within the community
- Brings people together to explore and share ideas
- Fosters observation, inquiry, analysis, and/or reflection
- Promotes Wisconsinites’ understanding of our state, past, present, and future
- Reflects the organization’s commitment to improvement
Of course, our grant program is competitive. We cannot fund every proposal. But we are always impressed by the quality of the work being done by groups of people all over the state to bring the humanities to life for our communities. Thank you, and congratulations to the following six organizations!
Humanities Programs in Focus, Voices from the Field | May 21, 2014 | By: Bobbette Rose
Museums help visitors make connections: between people and the natural environment; between the present and more complex pasts; between familiar and unfamiliar communities. Given this role, perhaps it is not surprising that the American Alliance of Museums estimated there are 850 million visits to American museums annually.
Last week the Wisconsin Federation of Museums sponsored Wisconsin Museums Week to showcase the hard work and positive impacts museums have across the state. This year’s theme: “Museum Collections Make Connections.” I hit the road to touch base with three museums to see what kinds of connections they are making with their recent WHC mini-grants.