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Our Mini Grant Program is Being Updated

We are making some changes to our Mini Grant program. To prepare for the new pilot program, we are currently offering only our Major Grants. We anticipate launching the new pilot grant program in the summer of 2024. Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter to be notified about all WH news!

New Board Members

We are excited to welcome three new board members appointed by Governor Evers: N'Jameh Russell-Camara, Kate Rericha, and Carrie Van Hallgren (pictured above left-to-right)! Get to know all our volunteer board members!

Humanity Unlocked

Our Human Powered website shares stories, voices, information, and resources about incarceration in Wisconsin. WH's Human Powered 'Humanity Unlocked' project celebrates ways people inside and outside the prison system are finding opportunities for human expression and creativity.

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Last December, the first Community Powered History Harvest was hosted at the Spooner Memorial Library.

Listen to Nicki's story about this Christmas ornament that holds a special place in her heart.

#CommunityPowered #ChristmasOrnament #PublicHumanities #HistoryInObjects ...#WisconsinHumanities

Congratulations to Bob Auerbach for receiving the 2023 AARP Wisconsin Andrus Award for Community Service. Affectionately known as “The Piano Man,” he volunteers his musical gifts at a variety of area senior centers, assisted living and memory care facilities. Bob and his daughter Emily Auerbach... were featured a couple of years ago on our Love Wisconsin digital storytelling channel. You can find the inspiring story on our website,

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"Once you figure out who you are and what is special about you, that stays with you." - Love Wisconsin

In this series, we are featuring the Odyssey Project, a University of Wisconsin humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to...


Attention Wisconsin Libraries, Museums, and Community Organizations! Grants of $1,200 are available for programs exploring Latino poetry and its ongoing relevance to American national life.

Grants may be used for: honoraria for local poets and scholars; travel expenses; actor/performer ...fees; publicity and promotion; refreshments; or other costs associated with programs

Application deadline: January 5, 2024
Notification: March 1, 2024

This major public humanities initiative is made possible with a chair’s special grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities "Places We Call Home."

You can find more information on the initiative, grants, and how to apply at the link below or by contacting Susana Plotts-Pineda: Splottspineda@loa.org

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Latino Poetry: Places We Call Home

Latino Poetry is a national public humanities initiative directed by Library of America, a nonprofit publisher and cultural institution, in...


Wisconsin Humanities staff, family and friends were treated to an afternoon at the Aldo Leopold Foundation earlier this month, where we had the wonderful treat of watching Sandhill Cranes gathering on the Wisconsin River behind Aldo Leopold's 'Shack.' So today we are sharing a lovely... story from our longtime partners at Wisconsin Life about the annual Wisconsin crane count! The crane count was started in the 1970s to monitor the populations and Spoiler Alert: Sandhill Crane numbers have rebounded since Aldo Leopold's time!

We love sharing stories about people, places, history and culture in Wisconsin from our partners at Wisconsin Public Radio here every Tuesday, but you can also hear Wisconsin Life around the state on WPR on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. during “Morning Edition“ on the NPR News and Classical Music Network.

It also airs on WPR’s Ideas Network. Catch “Wisconsin Life” on “Central Time“ at 4:07 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. It’s also on the “The Morning Show” Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:35 a.m.


We ❤️our small businesses and have featured small business owners who are digging into their communities throughout the state. Each person has their own story on how the ended up a small business owner. For Sid Cook it was a family affair — he is the fourth-generation cheese maker at Carr ...Valley Cheese. Colleen opened up her photography business after a military career. Joel's family founded and has run Nina's Department & Variety Store since 1916 when his great-grandfather came to Wisconsin as an immigrant. Ana opened Las Milpas, a Latino restaurant in Baraboo a few years ago.

Search through our Love Wisconsin website archives to find our small business stories. Just click 'tags' and then select 'small business.'

#smallbusinesssaturday #smallbusiness #smallbiz #locallyowned #locallyownedbusiness

Pause for poetry!

Today we share a poem from Wisconsin Poet Laureate Nick Gulig.

Have a wonderful weekend! #poetry #poetsofwisconsin #Humanities
Grove of Meaning
By Nicholas Gulig

In the middle of September, after ...everything
we loved had ended, the day remained

a sound pronounced among
emergencies. It was almost

beautiful. A scrawl of voices shook an opposition
through the trees and I believed them.

Among the black metallic structure
of a language, imperfect

in the present tense,
I called to you

across the open grove
and listened. Terror-struck and tethered

to each other, we lived and breathed and were surrounded
by our speaking. The leaves descended
like the inconsistent weather of the law. Our voices
carried them. Ungoverernable, the sun, the sun, the sun
Wisconsin Humanities is proud to support the Wisconsin Poet Laureate program and thanks Jodi Vander Molen for her service on the WI Poet Laureate Commission! Learn more at https://wisconsinpoetlaureate.org/

Nicholas Gulig is a Thai-American poet from Wisconsin. A 2011 Fulbright Fellow, Gulig has received numerous other accolades for his work including the Rushkin Art Club Poetry Award, the Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize, the Grist ProForma Award, and the CSU Open Book Poetry Prize. Currently, he works as Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and lives with his wife and two daughters in Fort Atkinson.

"Just from talking with community members, I can tell there’s a lot of positive feeling about what I’m doing. When I do a workshop, I always hear people saying, ‘Oh, my grandpa used to play this,’ or other similar comments. There are always elders who want to play again. - SAPATIS ...MENOMIN | GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN

We are so excited to share Sapatis’s story with you. We got to know Sapatis well over the last year when he worked for Wisconsin Humanities as a Community Powered Project Coordinator. You can learn more about Community Powered and read Sapatis’s full story on our website, https://bit.ly/3Sn9G9P.

During this time of year, we are all looking for and hoping for peace. In this story from our longtime partners at Wisconsin Life, Camille Mays of Milwaukee shares about a project she started in 2015 called “Peace Garden Project MKE" and her ongoing peace practices. You may remember that ...Camille was part of our first season of Human Powered podcast in an episode called "The Power of Listening." We hope you'll take a pause in your day to hear more from Camille herself in this lovely feature from PBS Wisconsin. You can listen to Human Powered podcast wherever you listen and our on website: https://wisconsinhumanities.org/episode-1/)


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Milwaukee woman on a mission to foster hope with Peace Garden Project MKE - Wisconsin Life

The sound of gunfire in Milwaukee can shatter the peace and Camille Mays is no stranger to gun violence. She finds her own peace as she chimes in on...


Susan Ramspacher says she picks podcasts for "stories that are inspiring and make me question what I think I know about the world." If you are looking for a good listen during your holiday travels or downtime, we recommend Human Powered podcast, 'Humanity Unlocked!' Susan wrote:... "Season 2 of “Human Powered” by Wisconsin Humanities delivers on all counts for me."

Thanks to Goodman Community Center for these kinds words and telling more folks about our podcast! Listen anywhere you find podcasts and on our website at https://wisconsinhumanities.org/podcast/

#humanities #humanpoweredpodcast #humanityunlocked


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‘Human Powered: Humanity Unlocked’ Co-hosted by Dasha Kelly Hamilton…

Noteworthy books, podcasts and movies to foster equity through understanding — and action