Announcing Summer Grant Awards

Congratulations to 14 organizations awarded $78,791 in Major Grants and Mini Grants in June! 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.

Major Grant Awards

The following 8 outstanding projects received a total of $66,941 to explore history, veterans’ stories, race and ethnicity, cultural history and 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.

The Fabric of Milwaukee | $10,000 to Arts @ Large (Milwaukee)

This project addresses issues of bullying and harassment of the growing immigrant and refugee student population in the Milwaukee Public Schools. The goals are to build student confidence, expand cultural awareness and strengthen student connections to their support communities by using art to explore ethnic and cultural awareness. This peace-building project meets our focus on race and ethnicity.

Relationship Building with Local Ojibwe Community through an Ojibwe Village Improvement Project | $10,000 to Burnett County Historical Society (Danbury)

The Burnett County Historical Society will work with local Ojibwe communities to rebuild the winter wigwam at The Forts Folle Avoine historical site, which is essential in telling the story of the area’s original residents and the history of the fur trade from the Ojibwe perspective. This project meets our focus on race and ethnicity.

BLM2WUU (Black Lives Matter to Wisconsin Unitarian Universalists | $9,742 to United Unitarian Universalist Church (Waukesha)

A coalition of five congregations in Southeast Wisconsin will provide greater access to quality anti-bias and U.S racial history education as a step in addressing this region’s hyper-segregation and the impact of that segregation on persons of color. The series of lectures, facilitator training, dialogues, and educational materials will target Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Ozaukee counties. This project meets our focus on race and ethnicity.

 “The Amish Incidents: Rural Conflict & Compromise” Documentary Film | $10,000 to Richland County Historical Society (Lone Rock)

This film project by Fourth Wall Films tells the stories of two cases that came to identify how states coordinate education for Amish children. It interweaves the stories of the 1968 conflict over Wisconsin Amish parents removing their children from school because of required education beyond age 14, plus a clash in Iowa over teacher certification that began in 1965.

Intergenerational Folk Art Fair | $5,030 to Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum (Waukesha)

The Folk Art Fair, which brings youth and seniors together for inter-generational learning, offers hands-on education for hundreds of Waukesha County 3rd through 5th graders. ERAs Senior Network is passing leadership of the fair over to WCHSM to provide a permanent home and to enable more historical and cultural depth to the program.

The 2018 Wisconsin Book Festival | $10,000 to Madison Public Library Foundation (Madison)  

We are proud to continue our support of the Wisconsin Book Festival, founded by the WHC 16 years ago and now run by Madison Public Library. This year, more than 110 free programs will showcase literature, art and performance by both literary artists and nationally-acclaimed authors.

Real Life Library: Veterans Edition | $10,000 to Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation. (Madison)

This project provides an opportunity for people to listen to and learn from veterans’ stories designed in conjunction with “We Help One Another,” which will invite veterans to attend storytelling and non-violent communication training to help them tell their stories. A day of storytelling will occur on Veterans Day at Madison Public Library, with their stories later filmed to create a digital volume of stories to be published online.

Forest County Kentuck Heritage Day Camp $2,169 to Forest County Historical and Genealogical Society 

This project exposes youth and community members to the history of family migration to Forest County from the southeastern hills of Kentucky during the early part of the 20th Century in conjunction with the 2018 Kentuck Day festival held in Crandon July 28.


Mini Grant Awards

The following 6 projects received a total of $11,850 to address everything from women’s issues to local history, Shakespeare to immigration using music, photography, performance, art, talks and walking tours.

Kewaunee Historical Walking Tour | $2,000 to Friends of the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse. (Kewaunee)

Funds will be used to create an historical walking tour along the harbor seawall with reader boards and a brochure that highlight Kewaunee’s maritime history.

Finding Their Place: Resettled Lives in Wisconsin [Photo Exhibition] | $2,000 to UW-Oshkosh Sociology Department. (Oshkosh)

At the conclusion of a study in cooperation with the Oshkosh Resettlement Task Force to explore the landscape of refugee resettlement in the Fox Valley, this project will use WHC funds to create a traveling exhibit of photos of and by residents with refuge backgrounds, detailing their past and present lives and highlighting the findings of the study. This project meets our focus on race and ethnicity.

Second Saturdays – Journeys into Local History | $1,850 to Sheboygan County Historical Research Center (Sheboygan)

We are happy to once again support Second Saturdays, an interactive speaker series. Featured speakers will talk about naval history, the Spanish Flu, one room schools, Christmas nostalgia, Victorian architecture, the Sheboygan Symphony, the history of work, three case studies of endangered species and the emergence of Lake Geneva in the late 1800s as a playground for the wealthy.

Shakespeare Inspires: Stories from the City | $2,000 to Optimist Theatre (Milwaukee)

Optimist Theatre will use funds to partner with the Center for Applied Theatre to offer workshops on Shakespeare’s King Lear as a jumping off point and inspiration for inner-city youth to relate the play to their own lives. By re-telling moments of oppression and conflict in Shakespeare’s tale and exploring ways to overcome oppression and resolve conflict, participants will become empowered to own and change their own stories.

Contemporary Hmong Art & Culture in the Fox Valley: Exhibition and Public Programs | $2,000 to Lawrence University (Appleton)

This project pairs an exhibition of visual art by two Hmong-American artists with public programming related to the themes and content of the exhibition, which poses questions about identity, history, and belonging and will touch on issues of culture, family and diversity within the greater Fox Valley community. This project meets our focus on race and ethnicity.

Beyond the Ingenue | $2,000 to Music Theatre of Madison (Madison)

To encourage conversation about the portrayal of women in entertainment and their contributions to society and music, this project will present a series of new musical theater songs that look at women’s issues such as motherhood, work, equity, aging and more. The revue will be presented as an outreach presentation for schools, libraries, senior groups and local justice organizations.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Mini Grant Applications due August 1st, 2018
Major Grant applications due August 15th, 2018

If you have any questions or if your plans include producing a video, audio or digital humanities product, please call us at (608) 265-5595 or email Meg Turville-Heitz for additional information. 


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