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Human Powered is a show about how people make places better. In our first season, we explore Wisconsin together to meet real people and hear in-depth stories that we hope leave you feeling closer to your neighbors—and inspired by where you live.


Finding Hope Here in Wisconsin

Hope often appears in the form of a story. These are some of the stories that keep us hopeful.

Alexa’s 99-year-old mother receiving her college diploma on her COVID-safe porch in Stevens Point.

Coggin in Sturgeon Bay creating a virtual archaeological dig for kids stuck at home.

Gary from Lac du Flambeau sharing his healing cultural practices at a ceremony for other veterans.

Thanks to our generous donors – people like you – Love Wisconsin stories like these reach tens of thousands of your fellow Wisconsinites, lifting hearts and bringing us closer together despite our greater isolation.

With your help, we can raise silenced voices, spark our civic imagination, and bring the people of Wisconsin closer together.


The Power of Untold Stories

In the latest Human Powered podcast episode, meet the founder of a writing and art-making workshop for survivors of human trafficking and sexual assault. You'll also meet some of the people whose lives have been changed by their experiences at the workshop. These are stories we are honored to share.


Small-group conversations about immigration

Wisconsin Humanities and Local Voices Network (LVN) are hosting virtual conversations about what immigration means to each of us, and to our communities. Anyone can help to organize a conversation. Contact us if you would like to be trained by Wisconsin Humanities and LVN to host a conversation!


We are hiring!

We are accepting applications for a full-time Administrative Officer. This person will be critical to our organizational operations, including financial and grant administration and office management. This position is posted by University of Wisconsin System Administration and applications are due by May 23, 2021.


American Rescue Plan (ARP)

Wisconsin Humanities will receive American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. When we receive ARP funds, they will be awarded to help communities throughout the state prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus. ARP-funded grants will go to organizations working in the humanities. Please watch this space for information and subscribe to our e-newsletter to stay in the loop.

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We offer grant opportunities throughout the year to support locally-initiated public humanities programs that promote reflection, dialogue, and civic participation. Learn about projects we’ve funded and how to apply.



Human Powered is a podcast series produced by Wisconsin Humanities. Each episode tells the story of a community where imagination and relationships have changed the landscape.