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About Us

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters is a lifelong learning organization founded in 1870 by and for the people of Wisconsin. Today the Wisconsin Academy is a trusted resource for informed and engaged citizens who appreciate the value of discovery and learning. Through interdisciplinary programs and publications, we foster a rich and lively creative culture that enhances our quality of life so that Wisconsin is economically, culturally, and environmentally resilient. 

What we do

The Wisconsin Academy produces programs and publications that explore, explain, and sustain Wisconsin thought and culture. Our signature publication is Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture; programs include the James Watrous Gallery in Overture Center for the Arts, which showcases contemporary art from Wisconsin; Academy Talks, a series of public lectures and discussion forums; Wisconsin Initiatives, exploring major sustainability issues and solutions; and a Fellows Award, which recognizes accomplished individuals with a lifelong commitment to intellectual discourse and public service. The Wisconsin Academy also supports the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and many other endeavors that elevate Wisconsin thought and culture.

Our Mission

The Wisconsin Academy brings people together at the intersection of the sciences, arts, and letters to inspire discovery, illuminate creative work, and foster civil dialogue on important issues. In this way, we connect Wisconsin people and ideas for a better world. 

Our Vision

Through programs and publications that shine light on the things that make our state great, we hope everyone will see the brighter Wisconsin we see. A Wisconsin ...

  • where science is central to the health of our people, land, and waters
  • brimming with the arts and a lively creative culture
  • brought together through civil discussion and exploration of the best ideas of today

Our Guiding Values

  • Critical thinking
  • Curiosity
  • Excellence
  • Community Engagement
  • Aesthetic quality
  • Open-minded inclusivity 

If you think we share your values and commitment to a brighter Wisconsin, become a member of the Wisconsin Academy and join our community today.

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Wisconsin Academy Administrative Offices and Steenbock Gallery
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608-263-1692

James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-265-2500