Humanities Programs in Focus | June 28, 2017 | By: Jessica Becker
We’re pleased to award $71,460 to eight outstanding projects that explore history, culture, race and ethnicity, youth leadership and regional folklore and lifeways. 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 eight 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!
Humanities Programs in Focus | July 28, 2016 | By: Jessica Becker
“[O]ur heritage is complicated and nuanced. New forms of history include more voices, which means acknowledging more aspects of our past and present and taking into consideration the narratives of both the winners and the losers.” -Ariel Beaujot, Project Director for Hear, Here, an interactive oral history of La Crosse
Hear, Here is the first project of the new Public and Policy History Major in the UW-La Crosse Department of History. When the Project Director and Associate Professor of History, Ariel Beaujot, pitched her interactive oral history idea for a Major Grant to the WHC in 2014, she wrote, “This is street level history.”
Humanities Programs in Focus, Tips for Grant Writers | July 14, 2016 | By: Meg Turville-Heitz
This is where our new Grant Program Director, Meg Turville-Heitz, calls home.
We are excited to introduce you to Meg, our new Grant Program Director!
Hi! I’m Meg, the new WHC Grant Program Director. I’m the newest member of the Wisconsin Humanities Council staff and I’ve been asked to introduce myself. Pleased to meet you! I’m eager to learn about your public humanities programs and work with you on your grant applications.
I’m a writer; writing an introduction should be easy. But I have that Midwest “humble” ingrained from birth, that tendency to not crow, to blush at praise, and to self-deprecate whenever there are opportunities to shine. Add to that an irreverent and somewhat gallows-minded sense of humor and I spend a lot of time kicking myself, mostly metaphorically, with under-the-breath “I shouldn’t have said that” moments.
But I digress.
Humanities Programs in Focus | June 22, 2016 | By: Jessica Becker
Eight Major Grants total $73,057!
Congratulations to our summertime Major Grant recipients. These eight outstanding projects represent the breadth of the public humanities, as well as the potential. These projects address important topics, from human trafficking to the treatment of the mentally ill to the relationship between archaeologists and native tribal communities. In eight different ways, these projects answer the question, “Why do the humanities matter?”
We are so proud to help support these efforts with grants from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Thank you for taking a moment to read about these projects, for learning more, and for being engaged in the public humanities in so many ways. Click on the organizational names to visit their websites and check out our Calendar of Events to find these exhibitions, programs, events and films over the coming year.
Humanities Programs in Focus | November 3, 2015 | By: Bobbette Rose
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
Humanities Programs in Focus, Voices from the Field | May 21, 2014 | By: Bobbette Rose
Museums help visitors make connections: between people and the natural environment; between the present and more complex pasts; between familiar and unfamiliar communities. Given this role, perhaps it is not surprising that the American Alliance of Museums estimated there are 850 million visits to American museums annually.
Last week the Wisconsin Federation of Museums sponsored Wisconsin Museums Week to showcase the hard work and positive impacts museums have across the state. This year’s theme: “Museum Collections Make Connections.” I hit the road to touch base with three museums to see what kinds of connections they are making with their recent WHC mini-grants.