We fund humanities-based activities and conversations that address what matters in our communities. We support projects across the state and yours could be next!
Mini Grants Awarded in 2021
She Fights for the Motherland: Rewriting the History of Soviet Women Soldiers in World War II – Dane County
$1,950 to FERMAT'S LAST THEATER COMPANY
Fermat’s Last Theater Company is producing “She Fights for the Motherland: Rewriting the History of Soviet Women Soldiers in World War II.” This documentary theater piece features characters and situations from history. The website will including supplementary materials and interviews with arts and humanities experts, reading lists, and web links to expand exploration of the work.
From Cheeseville to the Cheese Capital of the World
$1,500 to PLYMOUTH ART FOUNDATION
To help celebrate a new archway proclaiming Plymouth the Cheese Capital of the World, Plymouth Art Foundation, Inc. is offering a public program about the economic impact cheese had locally, regionally and nationally. Supported with a WH mini grant, the program will include interactive opportunities to see historic cheese processing tools at the Plymouth Historical Society.
Changes in Social Life After Prohibition - Schlack's Ice Cream Parlor
$1,997 to EAGLE RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Eagle River Historical Society will re-create a prohibition-era ice cream parlor as an interactive exhibit at the Depot Museum, across the street from the original 1918 parlor site. Original fixtures and objects will be supplemented with information from oral histories and family recollections for a unique immersive experience.
Strengthening Our Social Fabric: Using a Community-Wide Read to Discuss Home and Belonging
$2,000 to FRIENDS OF THE LODI PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Lodi Public Library’s community-wide read will highlight themes of home and belonging in literature. A WH mini grants will support public programs, as well as microfilm equipment that makes it possible to read archived newspapers going back to the 1870s. The speakers and events will make connections with the ways local newspapers connect communities and build a sense of home and belonging.
Unraveling the Mysteries of Indian Park and Developing a Vision for the Future
The City of Platteville Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Friends of Indian Park, are working to document the factual and speculative history of Indian Park. This WH grant will help them investigate options for non-invasive archaeological research on the site and engage the community in a dialogue about the future of the park.
Major Grants Awarded in 2021
Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling
$2,000 to JEWISH MUSEUM MILWAUKEE
Jewish Museum Milwaukee is using WH grant funds to develop an exhibit and programs about the history and impact of the recycling industry - globally, nationally, and in Wisconsin in particular. Once the stigmatized work of immigrant peddlers and now an innovative, lucrative industry, the museum will use recycling as a lens for considering contemporary issues such as immigration, prejudice, technological innovation, environmental justice, and environmental consciousness.
"Artists Without Borders: Reflections on Art and Place" Exhibitions and Public Engagement
$9,750 to MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART
The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend will host an exhibition with works by nine Wisconsin artists whose artwork explores the allure and challenges of immigration. WH funds help to support programs that invite viewers to deepen their engagement with the exhibition and its themes, including the history of immigration in Wisconsin.
Native American Lithics at The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums: Identification and Interpretation
The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums/City of Platteville Museum Department will develop new exhibits about the history of Native Americans in the southwestern Wisconsin “Driftless Area,” from the last Ice Age until European contact. The project will bring deeper understanding to the lifeways and traditions of Wisconsin’s first inhabitants and shed new light on stone tool artifacts and their manufacture, and ancient flora and fauna over the last 13,000 years.
Mexican Modernism Initiative
$10,000 to MADISON MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting an exhibition of the museum’s significant collection of Mexican Modern artworks. WH grant funds help to support the initiative, which will explore both the history and conditions in which these works were created and their relevance to contemporary issues of Mexican-Americans today. The museum will be working in partnership with the Mexican-American and broader Latinx community to develop relevant public programs, including street art activities, community reflections, gallery talks, a panel discussion, a poetry event, workshops, and more.
Hmong Cultural Exploration through Dance, Theatre and Literature
$5,970 to YOUNG AUDITORIUM AT UW-WHITEWATER
Wisconsin is home to the third largest Hmong community in the nation. This program aims to address cultural misunderstanding and to highlight under-represented art and culture. The Young Auditorium at UW-Whitewater will use WH funds to integrate dance and theatre in an exploration of Hmong culture. The performances are intended to provide unique cultural experiences to supplement the programming associated with the April Big Read selection: The “Latehomecomer” by Kao Kalia Yang.
Nature of Culture: Global Guardians
$10,000 to NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE OF MILWAUKEE
Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, Inc. received WH funding for cultural, artistic and educational activities for low-income Milwaukee children ages 3-18 years. The program, called Global Guardians, presents many different ways people use dance, music and visual art to represent forests, rivers, marshes, lakes, meadows and prairies around the world. Learning about these ecosystems, present in Wisconsin and globally, through creative experiences helps children learn to be environmental and cultural stewards.
Interfaith Dialogue and Community Engagement Amidst the Pandemic
$8,811 to MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
Marquette University will convene humanities experts, religious leaders, and community members for a conversation about the history and potential of interfaith engagement to promote justice and peace in Milwaukee. The concept is inspired by the original Muslim-Christian dialogue group that first met in Milwaukee over four decades ago. By exploring lessons drawn from the group’s historical role, this WH-funded program will allow for reflection on how the challenges of the pandemic have been addressed by interfaith partners and how communities can promote nonviolence, peacemaking, forgiveness, and justice.
$10,000 to STILLWATERS COLLECTIVE
A WH grant to Stillwaters Collective will help to fund a documentary filming of the stage production, Makin’ Cake, which illustrates our nation’s history of racism and wealth disparity. Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton performs with multimedia projections and two live bakers on stage. In fifty minutes, she explores consumerism, race-based policies, the shifting roles of women, the institutional design for income inequality, and white male supremacist theory. And cake. Its histories and basic ingredients tell us a lot about access and privilege.