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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 human… Read 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 Mini… Read 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 year… Read 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 shared… Read 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. We… Read more »

The Highground: A Safe Place To Be   One Wisconsin town has become a special place of memory and healing for many Wisconsin veterans, including Bruce Canny, pictured above.  Neillsville, in central Wisconsin, is home to The Highground Veterans Memorial Park, founded in the 1980s by a Vietnam veteran in fulfillment of a battlefield promise…. Read more »

Governor Evers has proclaimed October 2020 Arts and Humanities Month in Wisconsin. The proclamation states, in part: “Whereas in 2020, we have needed the arts and humanities more than ever ⎯ to creatively deal with the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide cultural context for issues of racial equity and social justice, to… Read more »

Fermentation Fest DTour quote in a field

Celebrate with us! We are so excited to share Governor Evers’ proclamation making October 2020 Arts and Humanities Month in Wisconsin. This recognition invites us all to remember the power of arts and humanities, especially in challenging times. We believe, as the Governor says, that we need the arts and humanities more than ever. We… Read more »

Planting seeds and celebrating the blooms! Love Wisconsin has been running a series of personal stories about how COVID-19 has impacted daily life and sense of purpose. Individually, they represent unique examples of struggle and creativity. Taken together, they create a mosaic of resilience we find inspiring. One of these stories inspired a journalist at… Read more »

Cinthia featured on Wisconsin Life

Listen: Cinthia Téllez Silva (pictured above) was recently interviewed by Maureen McCollum, the host and producer for Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Radio.   Cinthia Téllez Silva moved to the United States from Mexico on her 12th birthday. After living in California, her family eventually settled in Janesville, where Téllez Silva went to high school…. Read more »

This July marked the one-year anniversary of Wisconsin Humanities’ partnership with Love Wisconsin! We’re incredibly proud to be producing stories that matter and sharing them widely on a platform that reaches 100,000+. To mark this happy occasion, we’ve launched a brand new Love Wisconsin website that currently highlights three people you may recognize. Dylan Jennings, Corey Saffold,… Read more »

The news is changing. Fewer newspapers around the state, along with fewer reporters working in newsrooms, means we’re getting information differently than we once did.   Digital platforms offer an array of information, but it can be difficult to find in-depth reporting about issues we care about, and harder still to judge the veracity of… Read more »

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