Humanities Programs in Focus | March 2, 2016 | By: Jessica Becker
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
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 | November 12, 2014 | By: Hiebing Digital
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: Hiebing Digital
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: