Community Partners

2015-16 Community Partners

The Goodman Community Center is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to strengthen lives and secure futures and we envision a community that’s thriving because everyone is valued and has the resources they need to succeed. In keeping with our mission, our vision creates a welcoming community where everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Our programs – Girls, Inc., MEDIAWorks, TEENWorks, MERIT, Ironworks Café, and all Center-sponsored activities and classes – reach children, teens, parents, families, and older adults on Madison’s East Side and beyond.


Great World Texts in Wisconsin (GWT), a program of the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, connects UW faculty with high-school teachers across the state through the shared goal of encouraging high school and university students to read the classic world texts, both ancient and modern.  Fall and spring curriculum workshops welcome high school teachers to campus, fostering connections with UW faculty, graduate students, and librarians.  High school and college classes participate in these projects throughout the year. Each program culminates in a student conference in the spring. Since its inception, GWT has focused on The God of Small Things, Antigone, 1001 Nights, Things Fall Apart, The Brothers Karamazov, 100 Years of Solitude, Don Quixote, Dante’s Inferno, Snow, and Rousseau’s Confessions. The 2015-16 text will be Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en.

The Overture Center for the Arts is the largest art center in Wisconsin and prides itself on having among the most extensive education and community engagement programs in the country.  Programs includes Kids in the Rotunda, a free performance series for Pre-K and families; OnStage, a K-12 performance field trip series; four art galleries committed to the nurturance of local artists; Tommy Awards which acknowledges and cultivates excellence in High School Musical Theater; a Teaching Artist Training Program and others. The Fellow will be responsible for supporting Overture’s existing Education and Engagement programs, researching national and international best practices in arts engagement and developing a strategic plan for Overture’s adult engagement programs.


Taliesin Preservation, Inc. (TPIa 501(c)(3) organization located in Spring Green, WI. TPI’s dual mission is to preserve the cultural, built and natural environments that comprise the Taliesin property and to conduct public educational and cultural programming that provides a greater understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and ideas.

Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal home and studio in Spring Green, WI, is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Taliesin is also in contention for World Heritage Listing. It is recognized and regarded on an international level and is one of the Wisconsin’s top tourist destinations.

TPI is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of the Taliesin Property and 800 acres of multi-cultural landscape surrounding the estate.  In addition to year-around construction program, TPI conducts seasonal tours of the estate, operates a gift shop, a bookstore, and an ecommerce site, and offers educational programming for ages K-99. 


Rabble is a Madison-based startup that develops open source software in partnership with public libraries. Together, we’re pioneering new ways to support, sustain, and share local creative work. In 2014, our co-founders Kelly Hiser (2013-14 Public Humanities Fellow) and Preston Austin helped the Madison Public Library build with Murfie Music. The result is a growing collection of local music that library cardholders can freely stream and download.

We’re now expanding the software that runs Yahara Music and building new music collections with additional partner libraries. After a year of development with these partners, we’ll release our software’s source code so that any library can innovate free of charge under an open license. We will also offer an affordable subscription version that’s fully supported by Rabble.



Established in 1972 as an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wisconsin Humanities Council (WHC) is supported by federal, state, and prviate funds. Through its own programs and through grants to other organizations, WHC supports public programs that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures, ideas, and values. A statewide, twenty-five member, volunteer board provides governance, leadership, and oversight to the Council.

To accomplish its mission, the Council awards grants to support programs in libraries, museums, universities, historical societies, and other nonprofit setting throughout the state. The WHC also creates programs, such as the new Working Lives Project, partnerships, and publications to fulfill its mission.