Who We Are

Our Mission

To inspire us to come together in creative and freely expressed ways to deepen our understanding of ourselves and enrich our communities.

Our Vision

We are a sustainable, passionate, unifying force that is the humanities leader throughout the state.


• Build awareness and excitement for humanities in everyday life.
• Achieve best practices and sustainability for all humanities programs and services in Michigan.


• Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
• Discovery and understanding
• Authentic conversation
• Respectful collaboration
• Meaningful Experiences

Belief Statement

We invest in the people of Michigan by creating and sustaining humanities programs that provide us with a deeper understanding of the past, the tools for stronger analysis of the present, or a more informed vision for the future.


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.

Latest News

Application deadline is fast approaching! Host a Smithsonian Exhibit (Crossroads) in 2019-2020

The Michigan Humanities Council is now accepting applications from rural libraries, museums and non-profit community centers interested in hosting a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit in their community. Six organizations in rural communities (populations less than 20,000) will be selected to host Crossroads: Change in Rural America from September 2019 through

Job Opening: Marketing Intern

POSITION TITLE: Marketing Intern REPORTS TO: Communications and Development Officer STATUS: Paid Intern/Up to 10 Hours per week SEND RESUME/COVER LETTER TO: Carol Taggart at ctaggart@mihumanities.org or 517-372-7770 SUMMARY: The Marketing Intern reports to the Communications and Development Officer. This position will be responsible for assisting the Communications and Development

Detroit selected as site for 2021 National Humanities Conference

Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce that Detroit, Michigan has been selected as the host city for the 2021 National Humanities Conference. “We are delighted with being able to showcase our state and the work of our council,” said Shelly Kasprzycki, President and CEO of Michigan Humanities Council.

Michigan Humanities Council Awards $185,130 in Grants for Cultural Programming

Michigan Humanities is pleased to announce $185,130 in grants to 15 Michigan organizations in support of public humanities programming. In addition to this direct support, each agency was required to present matching cash or in-kind cost share, bringing an additional $296,500 to the table. This major grant cycle, the Humanities

On September 29, President Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, establishing the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts as separate, independent agencies. #NEHbirthday