Our Community Engagement team creates and fosters authentic relationships to ensure that all the communities we serve feel represented, valued, and connected with PBS Wisconsin through our programming, events, and outreach.
The last quarter of 2023 saw the Community Engagement team hosting events and discussions across the state. Our work focused on three projects — Wisconsin in Black & White, The Wisconsin Muslim Project, and Wisconsin Pride — and opened the doors to crucial public conversations around local history, gender identity, cultural and religious diversity, and dismantling racial disparity in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin in Black & White
Sparking crucial conversations with Wisconsin in Black & White
A partnership project of PBS Wisconsin and Justified Anger, an initiative of the Madison-based Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development.
Wisconsin in Black & White exposes racial disparities in the daily lives of Wisconsinites. In collaboration with Justified Anger, we engaged the community through a screening and panel discussion experienced in-person by over 250 people.
My partnership with the PBS Wisconsin Community Engagement team was a positive and fulfilling experience that created space for us to each truly bring our unique strengths to the table. Then the local community responded and showed up for an event with which they connected and wanted to be part of a better community.
Eli SteenlageDIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, NEHEMIAH CENTER FOR URBAN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
WISCONSIN MUSLIM PROJECT
Building bridges through the Wisconsin Muslim Project
PBS Wisconsin co-hosted screenings with Altoona Mosque, Milwaukee Film, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and We Are Many United Against Hate
With an immersive photo gallery, new episodes of Wisconsin Life, and collaborations with local leaders, PBS Wisconsin hosted community events in Madison, Eau Claire, and Milwaukee.
Milwaukee: Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival
Wisconsin Life: The Wisconsin Muslim Project featured prominently on opening night of the Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival, including film screenings and an engaging panel of local leaders.
Madison & Eau Claire
In both Madison and Eau Claire, PBS Wisconsin hosted open-house events that brought communities together around The Wisconsin Muslim Project’s photo gallery, Wisconsin Life episodes, hosted discussions and local stories.
Bringing Wisconsin Pride across the state
A groundbreaking collaboration between PBS Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Historical Society.
LGBTQ+ history is Wisconsin history, and we brought these stories to every corner of the state through community events and by amplifying the work of local organizations.
PBS Wisconsin and our partners hosted events in Appleton, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Mineral Point and Rhinelander.
Wisconsin Pride Event Partners
The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ+ Center
Diverse & Resilient
Enduring Families Project
La Crosse Public Library Archives
Lawrence University I.D.E.A.S.
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
Nicolet College Rainbow Hodags
OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center
UW-Green Bay Archives
UW-Green Bay Pride Center
UW-La Crosse History Department
Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project
Poage Pride Picnic in La Crosse
In celebration of La Crosse’s George Poage, we brought the community together for a free picnic. Together, we enjoyed soul food, family activities, and a reenactment of Poage’s life.
Wisconsin Pride Events
PBS Wisconsin and local community partners brought together more than 1,350 community members, with free events across the state and more to come.
Wisconsin Pride at the Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee
Pulling all stops, our premiere at the historic Oriental Theatre was a free red-carpet affair. We highlighted community organizations and enjoyed an evening celebrating LGTBQ+ trailblazers in Wisconsin history.
I really enjoyed working with the Community Engagement team at PBS Wisconsin. Not only are they just plain fun to engage with, it’s clear to me that they really care about our community.
Kathy FloresCOMMUNITY LEADER, RETIRED ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT DIVERSE & RESILIENT