Posts Tagged ‘Major Grants Awarded’

Racial Repair and Reconciliation: A Homecoming

Humanities Programs in Focus, Voices from the Field | March 19, 2014 | By:

By Dr. Fran Kaplan

People sitting at tables engaged in discussion.

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


Five Outstanding Public Humanities Programs Receive WHC Major Grants

Humanities Programs in Focus | March 7, 2014 | By:

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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:

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