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Grant Deadline Change!

Humanities Programs in Focus | March 27, 2020 | By:

From the Director Dena Wortzel

There was a moment today when I felt unstuck from time. I couldn’t remember when it was that I headed for home with no idea when I would be back in my office again. You probably have your own version of such a moment. I wish that momentary disorientation were all that anyone had to contend with right now.

As we focus on the need today, at the WHC we’re seeking ways to bring additional assistance to you, and to everyone we can possibly reach.

To help major grant applicants, we have extended the upcoming deadline to April 24 and reduced our request for paper copies. There are also changes to May 1 mini grant submissions. So if you are applying at either of these deadlines, please read these important instructions.

And if you’d like to be part of using the humanities to help in these hard times, I have an invitation for you. Think about a book that changed your life, and answer any of these prompts:

  • Book Title:
  • Author:
  • Tell us a little about what was going on in your life when you read the book.
  • Were there messages or characters or scenes in the book that really moved you?
  • Did this book somehow change you? Impact your choices? Influence the way you see things?
  • What made this book different for you?
  • Why would you recommend that others read this book?

I’d love to hear from you, and I might ask you whether I can share your thoughts with our humanities community.

Be well. Stay in touch. Find comfort in the connections we are sustaining with one another. And be sure to read the Love Wisconsin story next week—we promise it will make you smile!

Sincerely,

 

 


Faith, HOPE, and Love.

An essay shared by Jan Larson, WHC board member and chair of the Department of Journalism and Communication at UW-Eau Claire.

Today is my birthday. I could joke and claim the whole of Wisconsin shut down in celebration. Dancing in the streets to follow. But that wouldn’t be true. #SaferatHome.

Instead, I’ll tell you that I woke with a singular word rolling around in my head: Hope. I’ve been thinking about that word a lot lately. I even looked it up. To be sure. To remind myself. So I could hold its meaning in the close of my hand.

Hope — Expectation.

Hope did not come at my bidding. A friend and colleague had placed it like a farmer planting a seed. The head of a local writing group (and much more), he challenged his neighbors to use this time of unexpected slowness to share stories of hope. He did it to encourage community. He’s like that.

As I lay in bed unwilling to acknowledge the white gray sky and the dirt-flecked snow of March receding into the pine trees that line our property, I glanced up and smiled. Above our bedroom closet, I had as a young mother stenciled three clusters of pansies in shades of blue, yellow, violet and red – one bouquet for each of the three children I didn’t know we’d have but for whom we hoped. The stenciled art was an attempt to remind me of the spring that would follow the long Wisconsin winters. I don’t often remember they are there, but today, they greeted me with the promise of spring.

These delicate flowers made me hope for more than the blooms that spring invariably brings. I hope for, I expect, a time when the distance will fade and the virtual hugs we send our now young adult children will be replaced with open arms and heads nestled close to our hearts.

Hope. It’s a word that works well with others. I can’t think of hope without bumping into Faith. And, Love.

Like the ivy that twists its way through the pansies on my wall these words are linked. They are my heritage. The legacy from my pastor father who spent his adult life tramping through cotton fields among migrant farmworkers and later city barrios to proclaim hope.

My mother, an equal partner, his confidante and counselor had a depth of faith that sustained her in her middle years and beyond when she struggled with illness that threatened and sometimes succeeded in severing her hold on reality.

Faith: Complete trust or confidence

After my parents died in a car accident some years ago, one of my siblings sent me the Bibles they had carried with them. My mother’s constant companion sat by my nightstand for more than a year before I could bring myself to open it. When I unzipped the fabric cover, bits of twig and leaves – remnants of the crash that had somehow worked their way into cracks and crevices — fell from its pages.

The inside front covers bore her beautiful, precise handwriting and a long list of favored verses — verses of faith, hope and love. Verses that she shared with me as a child when others ridiculed and rejected me. As I re-read them, I was reminded of the hope, of the expectation, that someday, there would be love.

Love…well, we recognize it when see it.

I found that love in the eyes of man who has been my partner, confidante, counselor and friend for more than 30 years. His love is more than a feeling. It is a choice, a daily act on his part to be that person who loves me unconditionally.

As I face the final year of my fifth decade, a time of great uncertainty for the entire planet, I am able to draw on a lifetime of Faith…certain belief. Hope…expectation. And love…the greatest of these.

Together, they will allow me to weather the storm that has engulfed us all.

I hope the same for you.

 

 







Announcing Fall Grant Awards!

Humanities Programs in Focus, Tips for Grant Writers | October 30, 2019 | By:

We are excited to share the following list of Grant Awards totaling $42,700!

The Wisconsin Humanities Council administers the only grant program in the state devoted to the public humanities. Every year, we give away $200,000 in grants to organizations that provide original programs for people all over the state. Our grant program is open seven times a year, with two categories of grants (smaller and larger grants), so we can respond directly to the people who know the needs of their community.

Grant applications are reviewed by our board members, a group of people who represent the breadth of the humanities and the diversity of our state. This October, board members met in Madison to make funding decisions about Major Grants. We are excited to share the following list of Grant Awards totaling $42,700!

The Wisconsin Humanities Council couldn’t fund these projects without support from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the State of Wisconsin, and private donors. This money invested in our state multiplies locally! Learn more…

WHC board meeting October 2019

Board members meet three times a year in person to review Major Grant Applications. Pictured here are board members at the Pyle Center on UW-Madison campus. CENTER: WHC Director Dena Wortzel and WHC Board Chair Arnold Chevalier.


 

Congratulations to the following 8 organizations recently awarded Major Grants and Mini Grants in Brown, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Dane, Door and Marathon Counties:

$2,000 to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation (Green Bay) | Kao Kalia Yang Presentation

WHC funds will help the college bring Hmong author Kao Kalia Yang to the Green Bay campus to provide a community lecture and workshop open to staff, students, and the community. Yang is the author of “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir” and “The Song Poet.” Her works speaks to the refugee and immigrant experiences and she will address issues of literacy and education, as well as race and class of the Hmong people.  This project is part of our focus on race and ethnicity.

$2,000 to UWM Waukesha Foundation |  Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

We’re pleased to again support the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, a free community celebration of literacy and arts. The 2019 theme is Opening Doors: A Decade of the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books.

$2,000 to Crossroads at Big Creek (Sturgeon Bay) | The Big Dig at Crossroads, Fall 2019 

The Big Dig is an authentic archaeological experience for middle school students of Door County. Funds from the grant enable students to have an archaeological experience that include shovel testing, unit excavation, a flintknapping demonstration, flotation machine use, and the cleaning and classification of artifacts.

$2,000 to Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation | Talking Spirits XXI: Forest Hill Cemetery Tour

This popular award-winning living history program illuminates the lives of many prominent and lesser-known figures in Wisconsin history. This year’s theme, “Service Beyond the War,” featured five theatrical performances by actors portraying people with a range of perspectives on both the Civil War and the growth of Wisconsin afterward.

$10,000 to UW-Milwaukee | The Gun Violence Project: Narratives of Violence in Milwaukee 

We’re proud to help fund an important collaborative effort to map the human experiences of gun violence in Wisconsin, beginning with the Milwaukee area. Using a digital platform, this evolving resource will share the audio stories, images, and interactive maps to help engage the community understanding the realities of gun violence at its aftermath.

$5,525 to First Stage Milwaukee | Courage in Storytelling: Workshops inspired by regional premiere GRETEL! 

We’re pleased to again support First Stage’s Foundry Stage Series production and workshops. The musical theater production reinterprets and combines the folktales of “Vasilisa the Beautiful” and “Hansel and Gretel,” relating how a girl overcomes life’s obstacles with courage, perseverance, determination and kindness. The reach of this project includes extended programming for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.

$9,175 to Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) | Conversations About Immigration in Marathon County 

WHC funds support a three-part series designed to lay out facts, bust myths, provide local perspective and make space for conversations on how the issue of immigration affects central Wisconsin communities. This project is part of our focus on race and ethnicity.

$10,000 to Music Theatre of Madison | INDECENT: A Tony-winning play with extensive significance 

We’re pleased to support this ambitious presentation of “Indecent,” a play the explores themes of anti-semitism, censorship, sexuality, and love of art. In association with this production, MTM will work in collaboration with numerous community partners to provide supporting educational materials.


 


Announcing $109,587 in grant awards this spring!

Humanities Programs in Focus | March 8, 2019 | By:

 

We are so incredibly proud of the way our grant program provides crucial funds to support homegrown efforts in communities large and small around the state. For each WHC grant dollar we award, an average of $4.87* comes to the project as match from the local community. With seven deadlines every year, our grant program is accessible. It provides the assistance community leaders need to turn dreams into reality.

The recent grant awards are stellar examples. These projects bring people together for opportunities to stretch minds, meet new people, and explore ideas about what it means to be human today, in times past, and into the future.

Humanities events are happening all around the state, coming soon to someplace near you. You can read project descriptions here, find upcoming events here, and follow what is happening on our Facebook page!

Thank you for staying engaged, sharing your ideas, and supporting the humanities in Wisconsin. Now check out this impressive list of outstanding humanities projects we are funding!
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Announcing Spring Grant Awards totaling $102,427

Humanities Programs in Focus | March 14, 2018 | By:

This spring we are proud to announce that 17 organizations have been awarded $102,427 in Major Grants and Mini Grants! 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

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. Curious about the WHC’s impact in the state? Learn more here!

Inspiration starts here!


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Four organizations in four counties receive WHC funding

Humanities Programs in Focus | December 14, 2017 | By:

We’re pleased to award $8,000 to four great projects that tackle everything from the struggle for Civil Rights to negative stereotypes of Native Americans to regional culture and midwestern literature. 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.

Inspiration starts here!

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Our New Grant Program Director is Here!

Humanities Programs in Focus, Tips for Grant Writers | July 14, 2016 | By:

New WHC grant program director's farm

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.

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Summer Mini-grants Awarded

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

Grant Awards 2016 large lighter

Congratulations to the following three organizations!

The vagaries of the grant program are somewhat mysterious. For the May Mini-grant cycle, we had a smaller number of proposals than is typical. But what we lacked in quantity was made up for in quality. These three public humanities projects exemplify our mission to use history, culture and conversation to strengthen community life in Wisconsin. 

Take a moment to read about these projects, reach out and congratulate their organizers, and mark you calendars for upcoming events

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Announcing Mini-Grant Awards for Ten Projects

Humanities Programs in Focus | March 16, 2016 | By:

Grant Awards 2016 large lighterCongratulations to the following ten organizations!

This list is a long one. Ten projects stood out as exceptional and our Review Committee members, made up of WHC board members, were thrilled to be able to support these efforts.

Please take a moment to congratulate your colleagues around the state. And maybe you are feeling the pull to hit the road this spring? These program events make great cultural destinations. Check the WHC Calendar of Events for details and contact information. Read More


Announcing Mini-Grant Awards

Humanities Programs in Focus | September 9, 2015 | By:


We are excited to announce the fall round of Mini-grant awards!

Is there something in the air? Maybe a cool whisper that suggests the seasons are shifting. Maybe it is a youthful nostalgia to dive into the next phase of learning, or the sense that there will be time and space for reading and reflecting in the coming months?

Something about these six projects makes us, at least, excited about the power of words, ideas, and the visionary thinkers who influence us all. These projects offer a collection of history and book discussions, play readings, and poetry events to satisfy all our bookish tendencies. Details will be listed, as always, on our Calendar of Events. Enjoy!

And, please take a moment to congratulate your colleagues and then share this announcement with a friend. 

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Six Humanities Projects receive Mini-Grants in May

Humanities Programs in Focus | June 10, 2015 | By:

Map of Wisconsin showing recent grant awards

We are proud to announce that six outstanding humanities projects have been awarded mini-grants. If this crop of summer projects is any indication, it’s going to be a great season. 

With seven grant deadlines every year, we receive a wide range of applications. Our board members review each proposal and make funding recommendations. They are looking for projects that serve our mission, and they are specifically thinking about how well each proposed project meets the following criteria:

  • Is grounded in the humanities
  • Is rooted in the interests of their community
  • Serves the public (We don’t fund projects intended for campus-only audiences.)
  • Involves humanities experts
  • Promotes and strengthens connections between people within the community
  • Brings people together to explore and share ideas
  • Fosters observation, inquiry, analysis, and/or reflection
  • Promotes Wisconsinites’ understanding of our state, past, present, and future
  • Reflects the organization’s commitment to improvement

Of course, our grant program is competitive. We cannot fund every proposal. But we are always impressed by the quality of the work being done by groups of people all over the state to bring the humanities to life for our communities. Thank you, and congratulations to the following six organizations!

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