Mini Grants awarded this fall

Mini Grants awarded in September 2017

We’re pleased to award $8,000 to four great projects that include exploring the plays of Ibsen to support for high school students to learn about the working lives of construction and trades workers; and from the exploration of perceptions of Black motherhood to celebrating the conclusion of a community visioning project.

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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Working Lives: A Look at Construction and Trades in the Slinger Area | $2,000 to Slinger School District

Students at Slinger High School will once again document working lives in the Slinger, WI, area, focusing this year on the construction and trade fields with the help of a WHC Mini Grant. A year’s worth of site visits, interviews, surveys, and speakers will culminate in a public program in May 2018 called the Slinger Area History/Culture Night where the videos, displays, and a website will be shared and opened up to community dialogue.

This project is part of our Working Lives Project.

Toward One Wausau | $2,000 to Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) in Wausau

WHC will help fund the culmination of an ongoing community visioning project, “Toward One Wausau,” that asks area residents how they view their community: as welcoming to newcomers of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds or if the community views them cautiously, negatively or something in between. The culmination of this process will share the findings and open a discussion about those findings, including a multi-cultural celebration of different cultures through music and dance. The celebration will be followed by a convening of key community members who can help achieve the goals identified by the public.

Infamous Mothers Display, Book Reading and Discussion | $2,000 to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin in Madison

WHC is pleased to  support the public display, book reading and conversations surrounding Sagashus Livingston’s book Infamous Mothers in conjunction with a statewide conference, collective Liberation: Movement Building for the Years Ahead in Green Bay. The project explores how real-life narratives describing Black motherhood can counter pervasive stereotypes such as “the welfare queen,” “the prostitute,” or “the drug addict” and could help produce a more just, humane and creative society.

Ibsen Playreading Series | $2,000 Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre, Inc.

The Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre will be holding presentations of the major works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen on six Sundays in January and February, with the help of a grant from WHC. With each reading, the play will be set in its historical and cultural context, along with highlights of the Norwegian heritage that is prevalent in Central Wisconsin. After the reading, readers will engage with the audience in discussion.

Please take a moment to congratulate your colleagues on these grant awards. And if you’d like to talk over you ideas for a project and eligibility for a WHC grant, contact Meg Turville-Heitz. The next deadline is December 15, 2017.





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