Announcing Major Grant Awards

2016 WHC Grant AwardsWe’re pleased to award $49,921 to five incredible projects that tackle everything from race and ethnicity to a look at past, present and future water infrastructure explored via a mobile video game.

Congratulations to these five organizations! These incredible 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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Major Grant projects funded in October 2016Let’s Face It: How Communities Remember and Repair Racial Trauma $10,000 to the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation (operating as American’s Black Holocaust Museum)  

Annually in February, the America’s Black Holocaust Museum invites the Greater Milwaukee community to its Founder’s Day Gathering for Racial Repair and Reconciliation. WHC funds will help bring in speakers and provide publication support for the 2017 Founder’s Day Gathering, which will focus on emerging strategies to help heal racial trauma in a time when many of the current events of the day can trigger memories of traumatic times in America’s racial history. The project will explore questions about the ethics of commemoration of trauma and whether acknowledgement of America’s violent racial history has a role in the work of memory and racial healing. This project is part of our Focus on Race and Ethnicity.

Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare | $9971 to the Jewish Museum Milwaukee 

Working Lives Project logoWHC funds will help the Jewish Museum Milwaukee create an original exhibit in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings and the Hollywood Blacklist that emerged as a form of censorship of people accused of being Communists, despite that political affiliation being Constitutionally protected. The exhibit explores how the Hollywood Blacklist was implemented, and its impacts on the livelihoods of those accused. JMM will work with the archive of the Center for Film and Theater Research at UW-Madison, which has an extensive holdings of films by blacklistees. The exhibit will highlight the role of the outsider and how marginalized groups responded to government and industry intervention as well as the role civil liberties and First Amendment rights were curtailed. JMM intends to use the Blacklist to spark conversations around contemporary threats to free speech and civil liberties.

Request for Proposals focused on Race and EthnicityOgichidaag Storytellers Video Series | $10,000 to the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) 

The Ogichidaag Storytellers is a video project that aims to educate the public, especially youth, about the treaty rights struggles faced by Ojibwe tribes in northern Wisconsin and Michigan during the 1960s-1980s. WHC funds will help with the post-production costs of one of four, 4-5 minute videos documenting the stories of tribal members who played important roles in the reaffirmation of treaty rights. The Gurnoe v. Wisconsin case that affirmed the rights of tribal members to make a living as commercial fishermen without a state license, is told from the experience of eight members of the Red Cliff and Bad River bands of Lake Superior Chippewa who were arrested for fishing in Lake Superior waters adjacent the reservations without a state permit. The project includes interviews with principal defendants or their survivors and stresses the importance of ordinary people who accomplish the extraordinary, and the spiritual, cultural and personal implications of treaty rights. This project is part of our Focus on Race and Ethnicity.

Water Story MKE  $10,000 to the Reflo-Sustainable Water Solutions  

Water Story MKE is a free place-based public engagement app that uses community storytelling and gameplay to engage general audiences about water stories hidden in plain sight at five Milwaukee sites. Once they are within range of a site’s coordinates, players can unlock a range of digital scavenger hunt experiences that share in-depth water stories, including the history of the human relationship with water at each site. The stories allow exploration and discovery of invisible water stewardship practices, now and throughout history, at five key sites: Bradford Beach, Pumphouse, Lakefront Brewery, the Brewery Neighborhood and Cream City Farms @ Walnut Hill. Since the platform allows players to interact with the game, they can add their own stories, creating a community conversation around the theme of water. WHC’s award will help fund research, graphics licensing and the launch of the app at special events.

Folk Art as a Reflection of Identity and Community | $9,950 to the Mt Horeb Area Historical Society   

WHC funds will help the MHAHS debut a folk art-based exhibit that will include a variety of ethnic artifacts representing the people and traditions of Norway, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland and Scotch-Yankee, spanning the spectrum from first-generation keepsakes to 20th century tourist trinkets. The art will be interpreted in terms of individual and community identity, a topic that is tied to Mount Horeb’s ethnic personality as the “Troll Capital of the World” while addressing the shifting landscape of Mount Horeb’s identity as new residents find their own sense of place.  It will involve local folk art demonstrations, an interactive e-book kiosk and activities to engage children. The exhibit will be installed in the museum’s new Driftless Historium, scheduled to open next year.

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