The Wisconsin Humanities Council has a special interest in funding projects that engage in, or foster, meaningful community conversations about issues of race and ethnicity. Projects should use humanities expertise to support community dialogue, which may not advocate for particular political positions, but may speak directly to current concerns, such as police-community relations.
There are three major grant rounds and applications must be received by: April 15, August 15, or December 15. Decisions are made by the WHC board in the following June, October, and February, respectively. Awards for major grants are up to $10,000.
Recently funded projects include:
- Beading Culture: Raised Beadwork and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
This project examines identity, resilience, culture and revitalization through the eyes of a tradition that is both art and craft. Beaders tell of how Haudenosaunee women in the late 19th and early 20th Century survived by selling raised bead souvenirs to visitors to Niagara Falls. Public programs include an opening with a lecture and artist demonstrations, a panel on nurturing and sustaining traditional Native arts, gallery talks, and workshops for small groups. Produced in partnership with the Oneida Nation Museum and Oneida Nation Arts Program, the exhibit opened in September at the James Watrous Gallery (Madison) and after it closes in November will travel to additional Wisconsin venues before installation at the Oneida Nation Museum in 2017-2018.
- My War: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans
For a full list of funded projects, click here.