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Connections: People & Projects Around Wisconsin

Tools for Empathy and Respect: The Youth Unity Summit

Wisconsin Humanities debuted its Youth Powered for Unity curriculum at the Youth Unity Summit, where more than 300 students from nearly 20 high schools across Wisconsin gathered to prevent hate-motivated violence in Wisconsin schools and communities.

Opportunity Grants!

Our grant program is singular in Wisconsin and responds to local needs for funding. We make concerted efforts to reach underserved communities and support the specific ideas that come from locally-grounded organizations. Our new Opportunity Grants invite nonprofits in underserved and rural communities to apply.

When you receive a WH grant, you become part of a vibrant statewide network of communities like yours, working together to address critical issues.

Say Hello To These Community Change Agents!

Community Powered is glad to welcome our first class of Wisconsin Humanities Fellows who will be trained in Community Powered methods. They will spend the first six months of the year-long fellowship program learning humanities tools and then spend the last six months building resilience in their respective communities. We are so excited to have them join us this year!

Meet the fellows from Northern Wisconsin on our Community Powered website!

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Let’s get to know Sheboygan together! The city is known as The Spirit on the Lake, so lets meet four people who can show what’s special about their home. Follow along chapter-by-chapter here all week! Link to stories in bio.

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Promoting understanding with real stories from real people. Get to know your fellow Wisconsinites with four NEW stories from Sheboygan -- read them all at lovewi.com.

Please welcome Tony Sansalone to the WH team! Tony is an artist and development professional from Ohio. But he says, "Wisconsin has captured my heart."

We are so excited to have Tony join the Wisconsin Humanities staff! He says, "Having grown up in the Midwest, I appreciate ...the similarities and differences in everyday life. What remains consistent is the dedication of good people who make our communities vibrant places to live." Read more from Tony on our website: wisconsinhumanities.org

Please welcome Tony Sansalone to the WH team! Tony is an artist and development professional from Ohio. But he says, "Wisconsin has captured my heart."

We are so excited to have Tony join the Wisconsin Humanities staff! He says, "Having grown up in the Midwest, I appreciate ...the similarities and differences in everyday life. What remains consistent is the dedication of good people who make our communities vibrant places to live." Read more from Tony at the link below!

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Welcome Tony!

We are excited to welcome our new Director of Development, Tony Sansalone, to the WH team!

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Wisconsin Humanities was proud to support this community-driven project through our grant program, so we invited project director Juan Garcia Oyervides to tell us more about the impact it has had in the Fox Valley. Visit our website to find out what inspired Juan to organize ‘Wisconsin’s ...Mariachi Academia Popular!’ Link in bio.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in the circus? Sofia was born into the life! She is a fourth-generation performer with deep roots in Wisconsin circus culture. You can read her story in our Love Wisconsin story archive: https://www.lovewi.com/sofia/ #Circus #circushistory ...#wisconsinhistory

This Human Condition
by Lisa Vihos

As words come and go
they tell the miseries and joys
of this human condition.
What do we ever really know?

Through misery and joy
we live in community, still
what do we ever really know?
Can we change what’s ...wrong?

We live in community, still
we hold fast to borders.
Can we change what’s wrong,
make the world a better place?

We hold fast to borders,
but are born in our stories.
We can make the world a better place
for all that’s at stake.

We are born in our stories
lifting memories and visions
of all that’s at stake
for those yet to come.

Lifting memories and visions
to bring forth connection
for those yet come,
an abundance of grace.

Bring forth connection
as words come and go
an abundance of grace,
this human condition.

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Lisa Vihos wrote this poem for Wisconsin Humanities and shared it with us in June in Sheboygan, where she lives.

Lisa has a B.A. in art history from Vassar College and an M.A. in art history from the University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared in many poetry journals both print and online and she has published four chapbooks. She has received two Pushcart Prize nominations, the 2023 Hal Prize, and numerous awards from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters . In 2020, she was named Sheboygan’s first poet laureate. In 2022 she published her first novel, a historical fiction about a late Renaissance woman artist, "The Lone Snake: The Story of Sofonisba Anguissola."