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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.

Morenci teacher Matt Bostick

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.

What We Do


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!

2015 Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Finalists. Photo credit: Dave Trumpie

Poetry Out Loud 2015-16

All Michigan High Schools are eligible to participate in Poetry Out Loud. The Poetry Out Loud State Finals will take place in March 2016.  Our State Champion will go to Washington D.C. to compete at Nationals in the Spring of 2016.  Ask your community high school if they are participating in Poetry Out Loud.


New GMR Partner Resources

  • Bring Shakespeare to your Community for 2015-16 Great Michigan Read
  • The Great Foodini, Renee Chodkowski, brings us “Food of the Apocalypse” for 2015-16 Great Michigan Read
  • Bring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to your community for 2015-16 Great Michigan Read

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