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Grant helps define “home” for local community

Washington Park project brings residents together to share stories

By - Mar 24th, 2014 02:08 pm

The word “home” can mean many things. For some a home is a place to raise a family or a place to lay their head. For others a home may function as a business. Whatever its special meaning, a home is more than wood or bricks. Each home also holds a unique blend of stories, dreams, and memories. Thanks to a $9,978 grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the residents of the Washington Park neighborhood will have the opportunity to share these stories.

The homes of Washington Park are as diverse as the people who live in them. Their tales of triumph, struggle, culture, imagination, and home-making will all be part of the UW-Milwaukee “Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School: Convivial Places/Contested Spaces in Washington Park, Milwaukee” project which will feature an exhibit at the Washington Park Partners public hall, free public workshops and lectures, community discussions, documentary shorts, a neighborhood heritage tour, and a public dance project.

“This project’s use of the humanities to help Washington Park residents strengthen community bonds and local knowledge is hugely exciting,” said Dena Wortzel, executive director of the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

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