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About Us

About Us

The Wisconsin Academy creates opportunities for people to connect, learn, and collaborate to improve life in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Academy showcases contemporary Wisconsin art at the James Watrous Gallery, examines science and culture in Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine, and explores pathways to a sustainable future through its Climate and Energy Initiative. Public talks provide opportunities to learn and explore, while making connections with curious and creative people across Wisconsin. The Academy recognizes excellence through the annual Fiction & Poetry Awards and Fellows Awards for leadership in and across disciplines. We also support the Wisconsin Poet Laureate and many other endeavors that help the Academy create a better world by connecting Wisconsin people and ideas.

Our Mission

To create a better world by connecting Wisconsin people and ideas. 

Our Vision

A brighter future inspired by Wisconsin ideas.

Our Guiding Values

  • Curiosity
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Civil discourse

Diversity Equity & Inclusion

At the Academy, we believe this better, brighter future will:

  • Always strive to be more equitable and just while critically examining history and exclusionary systems,
  • Value and protect cultural resources and the natural world,
  • Embrace diverse cultures and voices by actively bringing marginalized voices to the table for dialogue and deliberation,
  • Celebrate diversity by making participation in the sciences, arts, and letters more inviting and inclusive,
  • Encourage lifelong learning within and outside of traditional education systems.

Download the Wisconsin Academy Diversity Equity and Inclusion Vision Statement

Wisconsin Academy Land Acknowledgement

The Madison office of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk Land, a place their Nation knows as Teejop (day-JOPE), which translates to Four Lakes. We recognize and respect the sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, as well as the 11 other First Nations who are caretakers and stewards of the place we now call Wisconsin.

If you share our values and vision for a brighter future inspired by Wisconsin ideas, become a member of the Wisconsin Academy or get in touch with us and join our community today!

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters is a member of the National Association of Academies of Science and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Wisconsin Academy Offices 
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608.733.6633


James Watrous Gallery 
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.733.6633 x25