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.
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Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights | $2,000 to Jewish Museum Milwaukee
With funds from WHC, the museum will enhance a national exhibit about segregation, called ‘Allied in the Fight,’ with Milwaukee content and engage the community in a deeper exploration of the exhibit’s themes. The exhibit tells the story of collaboration between African Americans and Jewish Americans before and during the Civil Rights Era and explores the complexity of Jewish participation in the Civil Rights movement. This project is part of our focus on race and ethnicity.
Native American Family Film Experience | $2,000 to Oneida Film Society in Green Bay
WHC is pleased to support the Oneida Film Society in its presentation of three family-friendly outdoor film screenings. Screenings will be followed by an audience discussion of the negative stereotypes, unrealistic portrayals, and cultural struggles of Native Americans depicted in the films. This project is part of our focus on race and ethnicity.
ARTi Gras 2018 | $2,000 to Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre
We are happy to again support ARTi Gras, a 10-day festival of arts and culture based in Wisconsin Rapids and taking place in eight Central Wisconsin communities from March 8-17, 2018. The festival includes 50 events ranging from theater, literature, music, history, and film, serving audiences of all ages.
Bonnie Jo Campbell at the Lake Reading Series: Midwestern Voices | $2,000 to Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac
WHC funds will enable the author Bonnie Jo Campbell to participate in a series of events designed to engage the community in conversation about Midwestern literature. Campbell, who has written several novels and short story collections, will do a public reading, as well as meet with community members at a dinner and work with students at Marian University.