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Humanities During the Pandemic

Stories from humanities organizations working through the challenges of the pandemic

Fermentation Fest 2020

Over the course of nine days in the fall of 2020, visitors stayed 'one cow apart' to experience the creative work that farmers and artists do everyday. Wisconsin Humanities is proud to have supported the biennial Art/Farm DTour, produced by Wormfarm Institute, and spoke with the project director recently to learn about how special adaptations were made to keep visitors, and presenters, safe during the pandemic. What was learned, and how will this impact future fests?

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Stories of the Humanities at Work During the Pandemic

In 2020, Wisconsin Humanities provided rapid-response funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read stories from some of these organizations below.

Funding for these grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts

For over 30 years, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts has been a vibrant local hub for arts education, exhibition, and engagement.

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Kenosha Historical Society & Museums

Kenosha, Wisconsin, is a city with a rich history. Its harbor on Lake Michigan brought the very first settlers to the region and has brought many types of industry.

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Superior Public Museums

Superior Public Museums strives to preserve the rich history of Superior, Wisconsin, and to share that history with the community.

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Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center

Norskedalen is a unique place that allows visitors to reflect on human heritage, the natural world, and how the two intertwine.

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Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac

The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac has a special place in the hearts of many area families. Children come to play, learn, and forge lasting connections with their caregivers and their community.

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Lodi Public Library

Public libraries offer so many opportunities for people to engage with history, culture, and ideas—on bookshelves, in community spaces, and even at home.

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Other Programs

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Beyond The Headlines

Citizens and journalists join to find the knowledge we need to confront urgent local issues.

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Love Wisconsin

A digital storytelling project celebrating the humanity in each of our stories.

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Immigrant Journeys

A collection of stories of Wisconsin residents from south of the border.

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Human Powered

A podcast produced by Wisconsin Humanities that spotlights communities where imagination and relationships have changed the landscape.

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Wisconsin Life

Radio shorts celebrating Wisconsin through the diverse perspectives of its people.

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Wisconsin Poet Laureate

Wisconsin’s emissary for poetry, creativity, and artistic expression across the state.

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