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Wisconsin People & Ideas – Summer/Fall 2020

In this special double issue: Meet Chef Elena Terry, who draws on her Ho-Chunk roots to create foods that educate and satiate, and learn about Natural Climate Solutions that cleverly take advantage of our woods, farmlands, and urban green spaces. Examine the origins of warfarin, one of the most-prescribed drugs in the world, and trace the history of the Wisconsin Idea in the arts. We offer a sneek peek at the four Watrous Gallery artists we rescheduled for 2021, due to the closure of Overture Center, and proudly share the award-winning works from our 2020 fiction and poetry contests.

Volume: 
66
Issue Number: 
3
Photo of Jane Elder

One of the signs of good mental health is the ability to tolerate ambiguity.

Photo of Jason A. Smith

At just over $10 billion, or 3.1% of Wisconsin’s GDP, you might think that the arts and culture sector is doing pretty darn well. It's not.

Chef Elena Terry holds ancestral corn seeds. Photo by Tom Jones. No reproduction without permission.

For Chef Elena Terry, seeds represent both the past and the future of her people.

This 24-acre stretch of land along the Menomonee River in Milwaukee used to be an abandoned rail yard. In 2013 a group of state and local partners completed its transformation into an urban green space. Today, Three Bridges Park is home to an urban ecology center and bike paths, and hosts over 50,000 visitors every year. Photo by Jon Elliott/MKE Drones.

Natural climate solutions are pragmatic options for sequestering greenhouse gases. But where to start?

Karl Paul Link (right), the biochemist who discovered warfarin, and Mark A. Stahmann (left) perform a laboratory procedure at the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station in 1949.  UW Digital Collections/ID S05108

The story of warfarin begins on a farm in St. Croix County with a dead cow, a milk can full of blood, and a hundred pounds of sweet clover.

Robert Gard visits with farmers on May 9, 1955. Gard traveled across the state (note the Wisconsin Idea Theater logo painted on the side of his truck) to promote and cultivate the theatrical arts in rural communities. Gard was a well-known figure in Wisconsin through his travels as well as his WHA-Radio program, and later WHA-TV program, “Wisconsin Is My Doorstep.”  UW Digital Collections/ID S15183

Imagine a theater whose walls are the boundaries of the State of Wisconsin, whose stage is as large as all the stages in the state put together.

The cover of the Spring 1983 issue of Wisconsin Academy Review (today’s Wisconsin People & Ideas) featured a fold-out reproduction of Warrington Colescott’s 1982 large color intaglio print, The Hollandale Tapes: The Court Is Now in Session. As an Academy Board member in the 1980s, Colescott actively encouraged and contributed to the Academy’s work in the visual arts.

It took nearly eighty years after its founding for the Academy to give more than lip service to the arts.

Andrew Redington, Roundabout, 2016. Sculpture, upcycled furniture, canvas,  70 by 70 by 30 inches.

Works by Robin Jebavy, Andrew Redington, Kyoung Ae Cho, Dakota Mace—all of whom should have shown at the gallery in late 2020-early 20201.

Illustration by Laura Ovberg

My father eats braunschweiger sandwiches, thick ones he squeezes tight to hold together. He holds them with the hand that’s missing a finger.

Cover of MAIDS and photo of the author, Abby Frucht

Maids is Abby Frucht’s first collection of poetry, and, as she says on her website, probably her last.

Photo of the book reviewed along with author

A semi-fictional narrative about a slave settlement on Washington Island changes our understanding of Door County.

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