Announcing Fall Major Grant Awards


We are excited to announce the fall round of Major Grant awards!

Six is the magic number this fall. We are so proud of the six projects that received Mini-grants at the end of August, and pleased to announce the following six organizations are receiving WHC Major Grants for their outstanding projects. 

In reading this list you will see just how much important public humanities work is being done in our state. These are conversations about race and culture, about immigration and getting to know one another better. These projects offer the chance for people to gather, think deeply, ask questions, and find ways to talk about commonalities and differences. We know how important this is and we hope you’ll make time to attend some of these events. Details will be listed, as always, on our Calendar of Events.

Be part of the public humanities in Wisconsin. Take a moment to congratulate your colleagues, share this announcement, and invite a friend to attend an event with you! 


Major Grants given in October for a total of $57,585

Major_Grants_August2015Journey to the West in Wisconsin | $10,000 awarded to Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Part of the Great World Texts program, this project will engage scholars and high school teachers and students in discussions about the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.  In March and April 2016, UW-Madison faculty, staff, and graduate students will visit classrooms across the state, from Bonduel to Menomonee Falls, Elkhart Lake to Prescott.  In turn, students will share their research projects about the novel at the Annual Student Conference at UW-Madison’s Union South on April 20. 

Latino Americans:  500 Years of History and Culture | $7,585 awarded to Lawrence University

From December 2015 until April 2016, this series of public events will give the people of the Fox Cities an opportunity to examine, discuss, and celebrate the historical and cultural impact of Latino Americans.  Events include a musical concert, an art exhibit, documentary screenings, children’s programming, and presentations by Lawrence faculty and additional scholars.  Project partners include the Appleton Public Library, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce/Casa Hispania, and the History Museum at the Castle. 

The Culture of Fusion | $10,000 awarded to University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

In March and April 2016, this series of Latino-themed events in Green Bay will explore how new cultural expressions–including music and cuisine–are created when diverse groups of people come into contact.  Events such as concerts, film screenings, a cooking demonstration, and a presentation about sustainable food centers will encourage the community to think about how culture is constantly reshaped.  Project partners include the Neville Public Museum, the Brown County Library, Casa Alba Melanie, and Scholarships, Inc.

Most Dangerous Women | $10,000 awarded to Milwaukee Public Theatre

In April 2016, free performances of this musical documentary will bring to life the stories of women throughout the world who, through courage, resilience, and tenacity, have made powerful contributions to the cause of peace.  Performances will be followed by discussions with experienced humanists about the play’s themes, and a resource guide will suggest follow-up activities.  Project partners include the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Marquette University Theater Department. 

White Frame/Black Frame: The Hidden Roots of Racial Realities | $10,000 awarded to Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation (America’s Black Holocaust Museum)

Beginning on Founder’s Day 2016, this series of public programs in Milwaukee will explore the origins of our racially divided society.  Facilitated by humanities experts, discussions will provide a safe forum for interracial thinking and dialogue about contemporary issues while supporting citizens in acquiring the prerequisites for racial repair and healing:  information and empathy.  Key project partners include the Milwaukee Public Library and the Cultures and Communities Program at UW-Milwaukee. 

Culture Work: Narratives of Production in a “Post-Industrial” City | $10,000 awarded to ArtWorks for Milwaukee

A collaboration with Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee School of Engineering, this Working Lives project seeks to reframe the way people think about the history and contemporary landscape of Milwaukee.  Directed by a humanities expert, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students will conduct oral histories in spring 2016 about United Migrant Opportunity Services.  In the summer, they will use the documented stories to create a public mural in the city’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. 


Coming Soon: Shop Talk, a Working Lives Project

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Let’s talk about work! Coming this fall, a Working Lives Project speakers series.  Read about the six projects that received Mini-grants at the end of August. We are lucky to be working with the HRK Foundation to offer grant money to organizations serving northern Wisconsin. Learn more!


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