Projects Funded in 2012

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Mini Grants funded in 2012

Native American Indians: Sharing Culture thru Film | $2,000.00 awarded to Film Green Bay of Green Bay Film Green Bay partnered with the Oneida Nation for its third film festival, three days of culturally significant Native American films, as well as films from other nations, including the premier of “Sacred Stick” about the game of lacrosse and its ties to the Iroquois creation story, medicine ceremonies and history produced by Wisconsin filmmaker Patty Loew.

Harlem Renaissance Museum & Festival | $2,000.00 awarded to Arts Wisconsin (fiscal agent for Urban Spoken Word Poetry Collective of Madison) The Urban Spoken Word Poetry Collective is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a nurturing space for poets in the Madison area and is showcasing their work at a Festival featuring interactive lectures, performances, and exhibits as part of their push toward the opening of a Harlem Renaissance Museum.

Stranger Than Fiction: Exploring Wisconsin History | $2,000.00 awarded to TAPIT/New Works, Inc. of Madison TAPIT/New Works community theater company is working with Madison-area public schools and the Wisconsin Women’s Network to engage students in historical research projects that result in writing and performances about the often uncelebrated lives of women who shaped Wisconsin history.

Vital Skills | $1,195.00 awarded to Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters (WASAL) The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters is presenting an exhibition of Wisconsin artists and artisans who are preserving traditional hand skills, such as boat builders and papermakers, and a panel discussion about how their reserve of knowledge and experience could be crucial to rebuilding local economies in the future.

Oil: Past, Present, Future | $1,150.00 awarded to New Berlin Public Library The New Berlin Public Library is offering a four-part book discussion series, led by humanities scholars, using fiction and non-fiction works to consider the history of oil exploration, its geopolitical role and the consequences of our reliance on oil.

Antigone: Contemporary Relevance of an Ancient Story | $925.00 awarded to Theatre in the Woods, Ltd. of Shell Lake The Theatre in the Woods is producing “Antigone” and using targeted outreach before and after performances to prepare audiences for the consideration of central, and modern, themes such as “What happens when values collide and a problem seems unsolvable?” and “How is the role of theater in today’s society similar to its ancient role?”

Winter History Festival | $600.00 awarded to Washburn Heritage Association The Washburn Heritage Association, in partnership with the Washburn Area Historical Society, is presenting a series of four evening lectures at the StageNorth Theater on regional topics such as the traditions of ice fishing on and traveling across frozen Lake Superior and shipwrecks in the Chequamegon Bay and the Apostle Islands.

  Second Saturdays – Journeys Into Local History Speakers’ Series | $2,000.00 awarded to the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center of Sheboygan Falls

  The Power of the Humanities to Change Lives | $2,000.00 awarded to UW-Madison Odyssey Project

  Heritage Speakers in WI: Exploring German-American Settlements, Communities, and Languages through Public Presentations and Discussions | $1,628.00 awarded to the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at UW-Madison

  Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival | $1,100.00 awarded to the Friends of Lorine Niedecker of Fort Atkinson

  Todd Boss, Poet, Viroqua Presentations | $500 awarded to the McIntosh Memorial Library of Viroqua

  Irena’s Vow | $2,000 awarded to Cardinal Stritch University of Milwaukee

  Exclusionary Measures: Mount Sinai Hospital and Brynwood Country Club. | $2,000 awarded to the Jewish Museum Milwaukee

  Civil War Museum Theatre Program Expansion and Public Programming | $2,000 awarded to  the Kenosha Public Museum

  2nd Annual Midsummer Day: Deepening Cultural Understanding | $2,000 awarded to the Lamar Community Center of Saint Croix Falls

  Wisconsin Families for 100 Years | $2,000 awarded to Sauk County UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension

  Lavinia Goodell Play | $1,987 awarded to the Director of State Courts Office

  Community: A Place Where We All Belong | $1,943 awarded to the Bay View Historical Society of Milwaukee

  The Past Passed Here | $2,000 awarded to the Chippewa County Historical Society of Chippewa Falls

  Black Knowledge Bowl-4 | $2,000 awarded to the Social Development Foundation of Milwaukee

  The Bay View Tragedy of 1886: A Living History | $2,000 awarded to the Wisconsin Labor History Society of Milwaukee

  Made in La Crosse: The Local Production of Goods, 1875-1920 | $1,591 awarded to the La Crosse County Historical Society

  War of 1812: A Turning Point for American Indian and Metis Women on the Wisconsin Frontier | $1,475 awarded to the Villa Louis State Historic Site of Prairie du Chien

  Surroundings: Preservation and the Environment | $1,295 awarded to the Waunakee Public Library

Major Grants funded in 2012

Remembering and Relating to the Holocaust | $10,000.00 awarded to Children’s Theater of Madison The Children’s Theater of Madison is using the production of “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” to stimulate conversation about history and faith among youth of different religions and ethnicities. They are hosting discussions for faith-based youth community groups, creating an exhibit in the venue lobby, and offering teacher workshops about the Holocaust.

Going Deeper | $10,000.00 awarded to Chippewa Valley Museum of Eau Claire The Chippewa Valley Museum is developing three exhibits exploring folk and decorative art, the history of regional health care, and transportation in the Chippewa Valley with the help of people trained as Community Historians , UW-Eau Claire Public History students, and high school students. In addition to the year-long rotating exhibition, the project is contributing user-generated articles for the on-line Chippewa Valley Encyclopedia and supporting a social media site for sharing photos related to the exhibit content.

Urban Arts Program/Be Girl Project | $10,000.00 awarded to TRUE Skool, Inc. of Milwaukee TRUE Skool, Inc. is exploring the perception and representation of women in the arts, in media, in hip-hop, and in community leadership roles through afterschool workshops, lectures, movie screenings and discussions. Girls have the opportunity to meet with mentors and guest speakers. The final “Be Girl Project Showcase” features the humanities and art projects created by participants.

The “Legend Lake: A Talking Circle” Video/Curriculum | $9,984.00 awarded to Terra Institute of Mt. Horeb for New Audiences The Terra Institute is expanding upon earlier efforts to use the film “Legend Lake: A Talking Circle” to support community activities to secure equitable access to land and for resolving related resource issues. They are offering professional development for teachers and working with the Bad River and Oneida tribes to develop new educational materials about locally relevant land-use issues.

Untold Stories Event Series | $7,000.00 awarded to Mount Mary College of Milwaukee Mount Mary College is bringing the “Voices and Faces” national documentary project to campus to host a workshop for survivors of sexual violence. Fifteen women participants will be examining the history of public testimony writing and its role in effecting change in the civic and political spheres. A public presentation follows offering the opportunity for workshop participants to share their work.

Icons and Entrepreneurs: Downtowns of Yesterday and Tomorrow | $6,351.00 awarded to Douglas County Historical Society of Superior The Douglas County Historical Society is expanding their exhibit titled “Open ‘til 9: Thursday Nights on Tower (Street)” with photos of the downtown from the past and present meant to encourage thinking about future downtown development. They are also hosting a panel discussion about how arts, business, housing, and the human experience can shape the city’s revitalization.

•  Cultural Dress and Identity Narrative Among Arab and Muslim Women Immigrants in Greater  Milwaukee Area | $10,000 awarded to the Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute of Greenfield

•  Freedom EXPRESSions: Empowering Youth, Inspiring Positive Change | $10,000 awarded to Arts At Large, Inc. of Milwaukee

•  Who Are the Hmong? | $10,000 awarded to the Neville Public Museum of Brown County

  The Returning the Gift Conference | $10,000 awarded to Yukhika-latuhse (She Tells Us Stories) of Oneida

  The Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Oral History Project | $9,704 awarded to the Bureau of Science Services, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

  Finding the Middle Way: A Story of the Hmong People in Portage County, Wisconsin, 1980-Present | $8,796 awarded to the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin

  Promoting Dialog Between Scholars and the Public about America’s Black Holocaust | $10,000 awarded to America’s Black Holocaust Museum (through Arts Wisconsin Inc.) of Milwaukee

  Eyewitnesses, Combatants and America’s Newest Veterans: The Iraq War in Retrospective | $10,000 awarded to the Military Veterans Museum of Oshkosh

  Native American Reading Series and Native Writers Convening | $10,000 awarded to Northwoods Niijii of Lac du Flambeau

  “To Be!” Shakespeare Here and Now | $10,000 awarded to the Optimist Theatre of Milwaukee

  Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books | $10,000 awarded to the UW-Waukesha Foundation

  Picturing Milwaukee: Thurston Woods Pilot Project | $9,986 awarded to UW-Milwaukee