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About Us

Covid-19 Safety

Because of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Academy's Steenbock Center Offices at 1922 University Avenue and James Watrous Gallery in Overture Center are closed to the public until further notice. If you have questions about access to either of these spaces, please e-mail us or call 608-733-6633. 

About Us

The Wisconsin Academy is a place for people to connect with experts and learn from each other. Founded in 1870 to gather, share, and act upon knowledge for the betterment of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Academy today showcases contemporary Wisconsin art at our James Watrous Gallery, examines science and culture in Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine, and explores pathways to a sustainable future through the Wisconsin Strategy Initiatives. Our Academy Courses and public talks provide opportunities for lifelong learning and personal enrichment, and we recognize excellence through our annual Fiction & Poetry Awards for emerging writers and Fellows Awards for leadership in and across disciplines. We also support the Wisconsin Poet Laureate and other endeavors that help us to fulfill our mission: to 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

If you share our values and vision for 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.

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


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: 608.733.6633 x25