Mission: The wisconsin humanities council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strenghten community life for everyone in wisconsin.
Programs: The wisconsin humanities council's grant program provides support for public humanities programs that encourage participants to converse, connect, and reflect upon our world. From community discussion programs to media projects, from museum exhibitions to professional development for educators, wisconsin humanities council grants strengthen communities and enrich the cultural life of the state. For this tax year 39 new grants were awarded. There were approximately 500 grant related events funded with a total attendance figure over 105,000 for this fiscal year.
the working lives project is catalyzing and enriching discussion about work across wisconsin. Through public events, radio programs, exhibits, and online resources, the project promotes reflection and action about what work means for each of us and for all of us together. The shoptalk speakers series continued in 2017 with 71 events with attendance of approximately 1,700.
in addition to its own programming, the wisconsin humanities council provides financial support outside of the grant program for humanities programing by partner organizations in wisconsin. This year the wisconsin humanities council continued its partnership with wisconsin public radio and "wisconsin life" radio programming, airing radio essays that celebrate what makes wisconsin unique through the diverse stories of its people to approximately 121,000 radio listeners per week. The wisconsin humanities council also continued its support of the wisconsin poet laureate commission and the wisconsin poet laurate, the state's ambassador for poetry. The wisconsin humanities council is one of six member organizations that provide financial support and representatives to serve on the poet laurate commission. Finally, planning and work has begun on new partnerships with local organizations around wisconsin as part of the "beyond the headlines" project that will take place next year. This project will bring wisconsinites together in five cities for discussions that explore journalism's crucial role in enabling citizens to engage productively in american democracy. In each city the wisconsin humanities council will use a different public policy issue as a lens through which citizens discuss the past, present, and future role of the media in meeting their information needs.