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Map of WI Humanities Recovery Grants 2021

In 2021, we awarded 99 organizations a total of $800,000. This diverse group of organizations enriches our state’s cultural landscape today and into the future.   In November 2021, forty-seven nonprofit organizations across Wisconsin — including libraries, civic and cultural groups, and historical societies — were awarded Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants to help the state prevent, prepare for,Read More →

MMOCA Cartoneras Workshop

October is Arts & Humanities Month in Wisconsin! We are grateful to the governor for this important proclamation and for recognizing that the arts and humanities are essential in providing context for the issues of our times. The arts and humanities are powerful tools for collaborative, intergenerational, and cross-cultural learning. They aid in our healingRead More →

We are excited to announce the organizations who are receiving a total of nearly $12,000!   We have seven regular grant rounds in every typical year. Our regular Mini and Major grant program supports projects designed by communities and organizations around the state. These are projects that: reflect the interests or needs of a community.Read More →

Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants Round 1

Big News! All across the state, 52 different historical societies, museums, libraries, and other nonprofits have been awarded Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grant funds! These are funds to help Wisconsinites prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the pandemic. The awards represent the first round of funds provided to Wisconsin Humanities by the National EndowmentRead More →

This year we will be giving more money in grants than we ever have in our nearly 50-year history. Funding for the upcoming additional grants, called Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants, is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. In a typical year, we are proud to makeRead More →

WH Recovery Grants

The Application Process is Open! First deadline: July 19, 2021 Decisions will be announced August 13, 2021 Funded projects may start as early as August 16, 2021 A total of $766,120 will be awarded! No matching funds are required! We are proud to offer Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants to help our state prevent, prepare for, respondRead More →

Emily Auerbach Love WI

Homer, Langston Hughes, Shakespeare, Alice Walker, Walt Whitman, Maya Angelou, Plato, Charles Dickens, Malcolm X, Francisco Jiménez…These are just some of the writers and poets included in the Course Reader for the UW Odyssey Project, a humanities class for adult students facing economic barriers to college. Odyssey is an amazing project that has received many,Read More →

Rachel Monaco-Wilcox with watercolors for Human Powered podcast

Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Rachel Monaco-Wilcox understands this. She walks with people on a path that requires courage and strength…a path that reveals incredible beauty. We met Rachel when she was starting Untold Stories – an innovative writing and art-making workshop for survivors of humanRead More →

The diversity of Wisconsin

Despite the challenges of planning public programs in an uncertain future and the realities of life during the pandemic, organizations around the state have impressed us with their creativity, innovation, and commitment to using humanistic approaches to serve their audiences. We are proud to announce that in February 2021, Wisconsin Humanities awarded $83,915 in MiniRead More →

Cheri and Craig talking for Human Powered podcast

We believe in sharing stories so we can all feel more connected. We began Human Powered podcast as a way to introduce listeners to some of the amazing people that we have gotten to know through our Wisconsin Humanities grant program. We find their work inspiring and we think you will, too. This past yearRead More →

Mural in Fort Atkinson

“We can’t really put a price on the kind of on-going impact this will have on our region.” – Ann Engelman, the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Wall in Fort Atkinson   Maybe there is a mural in your neighborhood or town that adds color to the landscape. Maybe photos of the mural have even been sharedRead More →

This year has been rough on humanities organizations statewide. Many of the grants Wisconsin Humanities funded this fall were to help organizations pivot to new ways of inspiring civic participation and individual imagination. Many are finding virtual channels and online activities offer innovative options for deepening community connections and making programs more widely accessible. WeRead More →

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