UWM professor awarded “MacArthur Genius Grant,” MacArthur Foundation’s highest honor

MILWAUKEE — A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor has been awarded the “MacArthur Genius Grant” for work engaging the community in performance arts.

This is the MacArthur Foundation’s highest honor, and theater professor Anne Basting is the first UWM faculty member to earn it.

She will receive $625,000 to spend on any project she wants.

The last person to receive the grant in Wisconsin was Will Allen in 2008 — founder of Growing Power.

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