Small Town, Big Impact: Inspiring Connection and Community Investment in Rural Wisconsin

Emily Riewestahl (Wisconsin Humanities)

The Spooner Community Powered Project, a partnership between Wisconsin Humanities and the Spooner Memorial Library set out to use humanities tools to educate, provide resources, and inspire action in and around Spooner, a small town in the Wisconsin northwoods. This project speaks to ways we can work with (and for) our communities, negotiate our own relationship with the places and people with whom we are working, and pursue the delicate balance between practicality on-the-ground and academic “rigor”. This presentation will explore these ideas through examples of facilitated programs, which include history harvests, a teen lock-in, and technology-infused location-based scavenger hunts.

Part of V4-01 Wisconsin Humanities’ Community Powered Initiative: Building Community from the Grassroots, Thursday, October 12, 8:00 am–10:00 am