Our Stories, Our Lives

Who We Are

What makes community life worthwhile? Is it the relationships you build over time with family, friends and co-workers? What about the good times and memories from attending annual festivals and events? Or is it the experience of working through difficult times that bonds us together?  Maybe it’s the familiarity of people and places…all part of the human experience.

The study of the humanities offers a deeper understanding of ourselves and others by confronting us with the questions, values and meanings of the human experience. From an academic perspective, that includes the study of ethics, history, literature, philosophy, art history and criticism, film studies, linguistics, jurisprudence, languages, comparative religion and the history of science.

As one of 56 state (and territories) humanities councils in the country,  Michigan Humanities was founded in 1974 as a result of federal legislation. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities,  Michigan Humanities also actively seeks grants, sponsorships and individual donations to further support cultural programming for Michigan communities.

Values

• 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.

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.

Pillars

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

Programs

Our programs currently include:

Grants

Our grants to nonprofit cultural organizations, community groups, libraries and schools include:

Address

119 Pere Marquette Drive, Suite 3B,
Lansing, MI 48912
p: 517-372-7770
f: 517-372-0027