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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 UW-Whitewater Community Engagement Center from December 1 - 15 and at the Marathon County Historical Society in Wausau December 6 - 20. The full tour schedule and more is on the website!


$800,000 in Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants!

In the final Recovery grant round, forty-seven nonprofit organizations across Wisconsin — including libraries, civic and cultural groups, and historical societies — received special grants Recovery Grants to help the state prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the pandemic. These special funds come from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.


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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.