Our Stories, Our Lives

Who We Are

Our Mission

The Michigan Humanities Council connects people and communities by fostering and creating quality cultural programs.

In carrying out its mission, the Council encourages and supports, through advocacy, fundraising and community engagement, a variety of activities which bring humanities scholars and the public together to examine culture.

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Our Vision

The Michigan Humanities Council will be known as a unifying force throughout Michigan, whose programs help people connect with one another and the places where they live, by fostering a greater understanding and engagement in the cultures, histories, and values which tell us who we were, are, and hope to be.

Programs, Grants and More

As part of our mission, the Michigan Humanities Council awards grants for public humanities and cultural programs; conducts public humanities and cultural projects of statewide importance; initiates collaborations and partnerships to broaden and strengthen the organizational and institutional base for the humanities in Michigan; and provides the humanities with leadership and a public voice in Michigan. Learn more about Grant Writing with this video.

What We Do

Elementary school students at a cultural competency program at Tibbits Opera House. Photo by Tamara Barnes.

Support Michigan Humanities Council

You can help us ensure that the humanities remain an integral part of Michigan life for years to come with a donation to MHC. It’s thanks to folks like you that we can continue connecting people through the humanities across the state. Thank You!


New Opportunity in 2017-18!

In order to offer more flexibility in project planning and implementation, MHC will offer two application periods for Humanities Grants during 2017-2018:

Fall 2017 Grants (Awards made in November 2017)
Spring 2018 Grants (Awards made in June 2018)


Museum on Main Street – Water/Ways applications are now available

Our next Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition is Water/Ways, an exhibit that explores the critical role that water plays in our lives. Water/Ways will visit six selected small cities in Michigan.  The exhibit began traveling in June 2018 and will close in April 2019, stopping at each site for an six-week period.  Read about Water/Ways and review our application online.


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