Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture was created by dedicated professionals ready to collaborate with you.
c/o Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures
Room 332, 432 East Campus Mall
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
Dr. Anne Pryor, Folk Arts Coordinator, Wisconsin Arts Board
Dr. Ruth Olson, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures
Liz Reuter, Community Programs Coordinator
History and Vision
Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture (WTLC) was the dream of several folklorists deeply involved with local culture and curricula. In September 2003, twelve educators who work in school districts, classrooms, public agencies, and private nonprofits gathered for a planning meeting at Folklore Village in Dodgeville to make that dream a reality. Participants envisioned WTLC as a community of educators of all subject areas and grade levels that provides inspiration, support, and delight.
By uncovering the connections between local culture and the curriculum, WTLC enables teachers to create integrated lessons that link with academic standards and that place specific knowledge in broad context. By examining local cultures in Wisconsin, WTLC provides teachers with resources to address tensions and opportunities that arise from changing demographics in their communities.
WTLC is a home for like-minded educators who may feel isolated in their particular teaching situations. Through various means of supporting each other, WTLC is the hub through which Wisconsin educators connect with others committed to including local cultural studies in their teaching and outreach. WTLC is also a united voice that advocates for public understanding and recognition of the value of local cultural studies.