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Mini Grants awarded this fall

Humanities Programs in Focus | September 13, 2017 | By:

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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Mini Grant Awards Announced

Humanities Programs in Focus | June 15, 2017 | By:

We’re pleased to award $8,000 to four great projects that tackle everything from support for youth information literacy to a Civil Rights History Trail celebration, and from a play that explores public health and personal freedom to a series of local history topics.

The Wisconsin Humanities Council couldn’t fund these projects without support from the National Endowment for 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.

Inspiration starts here! Read More


Building Citizens for their Future

Humanities Programs in Focus | June 1, 2017 | By:

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Why is learning to be a citizen something youth need? What good is it? Why should we care? Why should THEY care?

New Holstein Middle School Teacher Heather Tomchek has been a long time participant in Project Citizen, a curriculum and professional development program for which WHC provided funding over the last three years. This year, she and I were both judges for the Project Citizen statewide showcase. I was taken by student enthusiasm for projects students felt would really make a difference in their community. I asked Tomchek if she had a sense of whether the lessons stuck beyond the 7th grade, if there was any way to measure the success of a program like this. Read More


Big Impact, Many Ripples

Humanities Programs in Focus | March 30, 2017 | By:

WHC programs have impacts that spread

The humanities are about who we are and how we fit together.

There couldn’t be a more important time to talk about why the humanities matter. As we’ve said here beforethe humanities are critical to civic discourse, community building, local identity, regional culture, and democracy.

What is the Wisconsin Humanities Council’s role in this?  If the National Endowment for the Humanities is cut from the Federal budget, as has been proposed, the WHC would longer exist.  If that happens, what will Wisconsin lose?

Or to put it another way, what is the real impact of the public humanities in Wisconsin?  What strikes us most is how, like pebbles skipped across a pond, the community projects we support have many ripples. 

Each WHC grant and every event we hold sets into motion untold numbers of creative ideas and personal connections, crossing through local and regional networks and touching every Wisconsinite. Read More


Living History: I played a black Civil War veteran

Humanities Programs in Focus, Voices from the Field | February 22, 2017 | By:

Reggie Kellum plays Howard Brooks at Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour 2017The annual “Talking Spirit’s” walking tour produced by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum highlights the local and state history buried in the picturesque Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison. Every year, about 2,000 school children arrive by the busload to walk the grounds with a knowledgeable tour guide. Along the paths, they stop to hear from four people, all actors in period clothing portraying real people. The scripts for these characters are researched by the museum staff and written by a playwright.  They are chosen to reveal often lesser-known  experiences of the Civil War. History comes to life through these real stories and theatrical vignettes.

Howard Brooks was of these characters for the fall 2016 Talking Spirits tour. Read More


From the Director: Looking for Leadership

Humanities Programs in Focus | January 25, 2017 | By:

American flag in a fieldIn 2010, Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, finished his first year on the job and a 50-state “civility tour.”  Today, when aggressively hyper-partisan politics leave the nation feeling more deeply divided than ever, the idea of a federal agency leader preaching civility can seem weirdly idealistic.  But Leach had spent 30 years in Congress prior to the NEH, which might damage a person’s idealism, but should hopefully add to their realism – at least about what we should ask of the federal government. Read More


Announcing November Mini Grant Awards

Humanities Programs in Focus | December 8, 2016 | By:

2016 WHC Grant AwardsWe’re pleased to award $12,061 in Mini Grants to projects around the state that reach all ages, covering topics from race and ethnicity to immigration, and from literature to local history.

Congratulations to these seven organizations! These projects tell Wisconsin’s stories and bring communities together to explore important themes and reach groups often overlooked. We welcome you to be a part of the story and see these projects and events.

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Five Major Grants Awarded

Humanities Programs in Focus | March 2, 2016 | By:

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Congratulations to the following five groups for their recent Major Grant awards! If you read only the project titles, you may wonder at the ways these projects seem to be of a piece. It is as if, together, they are on a humanities mission.

The common reference to water is most obvious (Water Shapes Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s Underwater Treasures, Art on Tap: Wisconsin’s Early Breweries…). And indeed, water is a fundamental force that influences the culture and people of this region. When the students in Mt. Horeb consider the relationship between geography and music, they will find that musical traditions travel across the oceans to find purchase in places like Wisconsin. For students participating the the summer programs in Oulu, a town of about 500 people just six miles from the shore of Lake Superior, the stories they’ll learn of Finnish settlement in the area are intimately connected with Great Lakes culture.

There is also, we think, a strong resonance among the five funded projects that speaks to a desire for understanding how our place in Wisconsin fits in the wider world.  Knowing how we fit helps us grapple with the continuity and brevity of our individual existence. And it is at the core of what The Humanities do.

So while each of these projects is unique and offers something special to its audience, together they increase our collective understanding. Together they are putting the tools of the humanities (curiosity, reflection, discussion) to work to reveal the complexity and beauty of life on earth. Read More


Mini Grants Announced

Humanities Programs in Focus | December 16, 2015 | By:

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As 2015 comes to a close, we find ourselves incredibly grateful to all of you for the work that you do.  This list of projects, all awarded Mini-grants at the end of November, remind us of the diversity of public humanities programs and how together they serve our human need to explore ideas and stay curious to the world we are living in.  Read More


Announcing Fall Major Grant Awards

Humanities Programs in Focus | November 3, 2015 | By:

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We are excited to announce the fall round of Major Grant awards!

Six is the magic number this fall. We are so proud of the six projects that received Mini-grants at the end of August, and pleased to announce the following six organizations are receiving WHC Major Grants for their outstanding projects. 

In reading this list you will see just how much important public humanities work is being done in our state. These are conversations about race and culture, about immigration and getting to know one another better. Read More