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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.
Special Funding Opportunity for Mini & Major Grant Applicants
Starting with the August 15th Major Grant Deadline, the next seven grant rounds have special money available thanks to the NEH's 'A More Perfect Union' initiative! We are looking for proposals for projects that explore the history of our nation’s quest for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society; broaden participation in the documentation and telling of our shared American experience; and deepen the public’s knowledge of and commitment to our nation’s principles of constitutional government and democracy. Use all regular grant deadlines and guidelines!
Immigrant Journeys Exhibit On Tour Now!
'Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border' is a traveling exhibit featuring eight personal stories that remind us of our shared humanity, no matter where our journey began. The exhibit is on view at the Dunn County Historical Society in Menomonie from September 28 - October 13 and October 4 - 16 at the T.B. Scott Free Library in Merrill. The full tour schedule and more is on the website!
We awarded more than $422,000 in the first round of grants to help Wisconsin organizations recover from the pandemic. The deadline for the second and final round is October 15, 2021. More than $340,000 in additional funds is yet to be awarded! If you have questions, we have a robust FAQ page.
The Power of Being Seen
The 6th and final episode of the first season of Human Powered podcast is out now! This episode is about stereotypes, how problematic they can be, and the work it takes to change the narrative. We hope you find it as inspiring as we do. And we are already working on season 2, so be sure to hit SUBSCRIBE in your podcast app and sign up for our e-newsletter so you are the first to hear about what we are up to!
Read our latest announcements and take a deeper dive into topics that bring together experiences and reflections from across the state.
We make connections happen! Explore our unique programs that spotlight contemporary issues and extraordinary individuals who contribute to the rich fabric of Wisconsin.
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.