BLC Field School Receives Wisconsin Humanities Council Grant
The Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures program annual field school, this year called “Picturing Milwaukee: Washington Park” and being directed by UWM Associate Professor Arijit Sen, has been awarded a competitive $9978 Public Humanities Grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. A primary component of the BLC curriculum for students from UW-Madison and UWM, this field school project seeks to employ the enduring creativity of storytelling, the power of digital humanities, and depth of local knowledge in order to galvanize Milwaukee residents to talk about their homes as repositories of community memory, spaces of caring, and markers of civic pride. With the help of the grant from the WHC, the BLC Field School will have the capability to expand their final presentations beyond traditional physical exhibits through the use of documentary shorts and a digitally enhanced neighborhood heritage tour. Field School runs June 9–July 11, with the final exhibit opening July 25 at the Washington Park Partners public hall.
We have seven grant rounds every year and when applications come in, we are impressed with the public humanities projects going on around the state. We are proud to be able to support these home-grown ideas with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Wisconsin, and individual donors.
The projects are often innovative, always interesting, and potentially transformational for the communities involved. In February, a total of $43,877 was awarded to five applicants.