Ripple Project

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In 2021-2022 Beyond the Page programs will be unified under the common theme of racial equity throughout all Dane County Libraries. We aim to leverage libraries to engage communities in meaningful reflection and dialogue about race. In addition to offering free public programming, library staff will participate in diversity, equity and inclusion training.

Accepting program presenter applications through September 30, 2021!

Apply now

COVID-19 Update:

While 2021 was originally scheduled to include a year of staff training and public programming, due to the uncertainty associated with the pandemic we have adjusted our timeline. Libraries will be engaging in internal staff development work focused on racial equity beginning late 2020 and continuing indefinitely. Public programming will now be scheduled for 2022. 

Propose a program

We are currently seeking proposals for programs in the following areas:

  • Art/music/culture with a humanities focus (performances, workshops, etc.)
  • Understanding race & racism through a humanities lens (history, storytelling, etc.)
  • Programs designed by & for people of color (wellness, empowerment, community-building, etc.)

Strong applications will make a clear connection to the humanities and will engage audiences in connection with others. Programs may be targeted at children, teens, adults, seniors and/or families.

The humanities are the methods through which we explore, understand and document our individual and collective human experiences. Humanities disciplines include language; literature; history, theory and criticism of the arts; philosophy; comparative religion; history; ethics and more.

See this video from Harvard students studying the humanities for more.

Presenters will be paid for programming. Presenters of color encouraged to apply.

Click here to apply!

If you are unsure about whether or not to apply, or if you have a partially-formed idea, we are happy to work it through with you. Please contact Ali (see info below) for support with the grant-writing process. We will also be reaching out to each applicant to support meeting program requirements before making any final decisions.

Refer a presenter

Know a person or group who would be a great fit for the Ripple Project? Let us know here.

Propose a county-wide read

We plan to choose one or more books for a county-wide read.

Submit your recommendation here.


Contact Ali Treviño-Murphy, Beyond the Page Coordinator

Email or call/text: (608) 217-0451