Humanities Programs in Focus | November 12, 2014 | By: Wisconsin Humanities Council Admin
As the year draws to a close, we are looking back over the last six grant rounds. It must be said: the projects that have received WHC funding in 2014 are impressive. They represent real diversity, exemplifying the full range of public humanities programming going on in Wisconsin.
The two projects awarded major grants in this final Major Grant round of 2014 are no exception. Congratulations to the Lac du Flambeau ENVISION Program and the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation! Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus, Voices from the Field | March 19, 2014 | By: Guest Contributor
By Dr. Fran Kaplan
February 23, 2014 would have been Dr. James Cameron’s 100th birthday (1914-2006). He founded America’s Black Holocaust Museum. In his honor, we convened a Gathering for Racial Repair and Reconciliation in Milwaukee.
Cameron believed that it was urgent to “forgive but never forget” the truth about our country’s race relations. With support from the Wisconsin Humanities Council and our collaborators, the Milwaukee Public Library and UW-Milwaukee, we brought to town the authors of a book called “Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade.” More than one hundred community leaders listened to Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf’s presentation. Afterward, people moved to tables to begin a dialogue about their visions for racial reconciliation in Milwaukee.
Intentionally, the small groups were interracial. We called the table discussions “Caring Circles” and asked people to listen intently to each other. Each table included a trained facilitator drawn from a wonderful, diverse corps. Read More
Humanities Programs in Focus | March 7, 2014 | By: Wisconsin Humanities Council Admin
We have seven grant rounds every year and when applications come in, we are impressed with the public humanities projects going on around the state. We are proud to be able to support these home-grown ideas with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Wisconsin, and individual donors.
The projects are often innovative, always interesting, and potentially transformational for the communities involved. In February, a total of $43,877 was awarded to five applicants.
The grant program is competitive and applicants put a lot of time and energy into their applications. So we say a big “Congratulations!” to the following organizations: