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PBS Announces Broadcast Premiere for THE VIETNAM WAR

 A Landmark Documentary Event by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ARLINGTON, VA; April 12, 2017  — THE VIETNAM WAR, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere September 17, 2017, on PBS stations nationwide. The first five episodes will air nightly from

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2017-18 GMR Kick-Off Event

Friday, October 13, 2017 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm) Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201   Great Michigan Read Author Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, will discuss “X: A Novel” at 7:00 pm in The Ford

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Water Explored through MHC Grants and Smithsonian Exhibit – Water/Ways comes to Michigan in 2018-19

The Michigan Humanities Council(MHC) is pleased to announce the selected host sites for a 2017-2018 tour of a national Smithsonian Institution exhibition throughout Michigan. Water/Ways is a unique exhibit that explores the essential role that water plays in our environment and society. Throughout the globe, water holds extensive cultural value as

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NEH Announces $39.3 Million for 245 Humanities Projects Nationwide

From neh.gov: WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 2, 2017) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $39.3 million in grants for 245 humanities projects across the country. The grants include funding to help revitalize the Lakota/Dakota language through a master-apprentice language-learning program for Sioux Tribe members and the creation

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World War II “Parkridge Homes” Receives Historical Marker Designation May 5

Designed by prominent African-American architect Hilyard Robinson, Parkridge Homes served as segregated housing for African-American wartime workers in Ypsilanti. The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office has recognized “Parkridge Homes” as a significant part of Ypsilanti history. Unveiling of three historic markers takes place Friday, May 5 from 4–6pm at the

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2017–18 Great Michigan Read Announced

“X: A Novel” by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon Michigan Humanities Council is announcing the sixth round of Great Michigan Read, a biennial statewide literary program focusing on humanities themes. The Great Michigan Read aims to connect us as Michiganians by deepening our understanding of our state, our society, and our history.

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Detroit News Letter: Don’t cut humanities funding

The proposed federal budget calls for elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities — and in turn, the Michigan Humanities Council. With one decision, 50 years of essential federal-state-local partnerships in Michigan and throughout the nation and its territories will cease — and along with it will go the

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NEH Funding

Dear Friends of NEH: Today the Trump administration released its budget blueprint for the federal government for the upcoming fiscal year. This budget requests no funding from Congress for NEH for fiscal year 2018, which begins on October 1. We are greatly saddened to learn of this proposal for elimination,

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Michigan Selects its Poetry Out Loud Student Champion

The 2017 National Finals will be held April 25-26, 2017 at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. The semifinals and finals will be webcast live. Cheer on our State Champion MaryKate Wright from Owosso High School on Tuesday, April 25 – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. FOLLOW: Poetry

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Meijer Donates $50,000 for 2017-18 Great Michigan Read

Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce that it was the recipient of a $50,000 award from Meijer to sponsor the 2017-18 Great Michigan Read. The donation will be used toward general program funding – such as books, program and promotion materials, and author tour costs. The Grand Rapids,

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Martha Nussbaum Named the 2017 Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities

World-renowned philosopher to deliver May 1 free public lecture on “Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame”  Washington, D.C. (January 18, 2016) – Martha C. Nussbaum, world-renowned philosopher, distinguished author, and law professor, will deliver the 2017 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. The lecture is the highest honor the federal government

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A National Day of Racial Healing

Today, MHC is proudly joining the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and their partners in acknowledging a National Day of Racial Healing. The day is part of WKKF’s larger Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation effort, intended to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change to address the historic and

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Talking Service: Coming Home

There are common elements of  military service reaching back from Iraq and Afghanistan to the Second World War and beyond. In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus returns home from the Trojan War to find his wife no longer recognizes him. How true this is in our era of repeated deployments to remote

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Michigan Humanities Council Awards $274,575 in Grants for Cultural Programming

The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce $274,575 in grants to 24 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 $568,288.68 to the table. This major grant

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Michigan Humanities Council Wins Schwartz Prize for Outstanding Public Humanities Programming

Winning Program Shares History of All Michigan’s People, Examines Connections to Unveil State’s Racial and Ethnic Past [Nov. 11, 2016 – Salt Lake City, UT] The Federation of State Humanities Councils presented the 2016 Schwartz Prize for outstanding work in the humanities, for the first time, to the Michigan Humanities

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Application Period Opens for Arts & Humanities Touring Grants

On November 3, the Michigan Humanities Council, through partnership with Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, will begin accepting online applications for Arts & Humanities Touring Grants from all Michigan nonprofit organizations. These grants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted. The Arts & Humanities

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Humanities in Flight

Soar into history with tales of valor from legendary  Tuskegee Airman ”Red Tail” Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, USAF (Ret.), subject of  “The Luft Gangster,” a film dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen and author of “Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free.” Saturday, October 8, 2016 5:30 – 7:30 pm Richmond

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Talking Service in Michigan

Below is a letter to veterans from Benjamin Busch, a former United States Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq, writer, filmmaker, photographer, and actor, who will facilitate Talking Service discussion groups in Kalamazoo and Dearborn this fall. To learn more and to register for this free program, please

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Voices of Latino Youth in Grand Rapids

Allison Palm is graduate student earning her Master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Leadership and Management at Grand Valley State University. She is currently the Development and Community Relations intern at Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities. The voices of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood have always been hushed. The Latino

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Albion’s West Ward School: From Segregation to Civil Rights

Dr. Wesley Arden Dick, Professor of History at Albion College, specializes in civil rights history and co-teaches, with Leslie Dick, a first-year seminar entitled “A Sense of Place: Albion & the American Dream.” He is Second Vice President of the Albion Branch NAACP and is working on the West Ward

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Germans and Latinos of Lenawee: Finding Home

Amy Johnson served as Project Director for the Heritage Grant project, “Germans and Latinos of Lenawee: Finding Home”, from June 2015-June 2016, sponsored by the Lenawee County Historical Society of Adrian, Michigan. As an undergrad at Adrian College, Johnson was an intern at the Lenawee County Historical Museum, where she studied

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Anishnaabek – Odawa/Ottowa Journey Towards Understanding

On July 18th, I had the privilege of accompanying over a dozen Michigan Public School teachers on a journey to historical sites in Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario. The sites commemorate battles in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, in which Native Americans were heavily involved in territorial struggles between

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Familia, Comida, Historias, Y Obras | Family, Food, Stories, and Works

The committee members for Día De Los Muertos: Nuestras Historias, Our (Hi)Stories, are: Myrna Segura, Southwest Business Association; Mayte Penman, Southwest Solutions VISTA Project; Erin and Monte Martinez, Visual Artists and Educators; Kia Ixchel Arriaga, Artist and Educator; and Erika Villarreal Bunce, Director of Programs Living Arts; with support from

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Job Opening: Fiscal Officer

Job Title: Fiscal Officer Status: Part Time/Exempt. Employee benefits include holidays, sick leave, vacation time, and opportunities for professional development. SUMMARY: The Fiscal Officer reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for managing all fiscal functions of the Michigan Humanities Council. These functions include financial systems and budgeting to

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A Hero in Flint

Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., is an associate professor and graduate studies director in MSU’s School of Journalism, and the project director for “Hubert: His-Story.” Dr. Zeldes has won seven best paper awards, and more than two dozen honors for her documentary films and other creative scholarship, including a Telly, two regional

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Never Alone in Detroit

Kathryn Gross, Project Director for Never Alone in Detroit, has over 30 years of experience in education.  She teaches at Loyola High School in Detroit, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy.  Developing curriculum and support systems for underserved populations in the City of Detroit, she

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Heritage Grants Orientation, June 16, 2016

On Thursday, June 16, 2016, MHC convened representatives from the 28 organizations that received Heritage Grants this year. Our visitors traveled from Detroit, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Flint, Alpena, Muskegon, Holland, and more…We even had three yoopers who came all the way down from Hancock, Baraga, and Escanaba! Over sandwiches and

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MHC Awards 8 Prime Time Grants Statewide totaling $38,000

The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce grant awards for the Prime Time Family Reading Time program to 8 Michigan libraries for the Fall of 2016.  MHC grants totaling $38,000 are given to support this program. “The Council is pleased to present this family reading program in Michigan,”

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Michigan Humanities Council announces nearly $650,000 in awards to 28 organizations for Heritage Grants

The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce nearly $650,000 in grants to 28 cultural organizations in Michigan under our Heritage Grants Program. These grants will support a variety of projects that use history and humanities approaches to shed light on present-day social issues as they relate to the intersection of

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Detroit Hosts Final Author Event for Statewide Reading/Discussion Program

The Michigan Humanities Council, in partnership with Literary Detroit, will celebrate the success of the 2015-16 Great Michigan Read with its final author discussion event on May 18 at the Tangent Gallery’s Hastings Street Ballroom in Detroit. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and includes discussion by New York

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Art. Humanity. Survival.

On Tuesday, May 17, be a part of this unique collaboration between the Michigan Humanities Council, the DSO, and Planterra! Join us for an evening of chamber music and spoken word in the lush environment of Planterra. A DSO string quartet performs works you help select and author Emily St. John

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Humanities Grant Draft Proposals

MHC Staff will offer feedback on draft proposals submitted now through June 1, 2016. The submission of a draft proposal is not required. The final application deadline is August 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm.  Final applications may be submitted any time before the deadline. Early submissions are encouraged. Humanities Grant awards will be announced in November 2016. Project

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Last Minute Grant Writing Tips

With the Heritage Grants deadline approaching on March 21, many applicants are thinking about how to best position their applications for success. Keeping in mind MHC’s process and audience for your application can help avoid unnecessary work. One challenge of writing a strong grant proposal is to describe the significance

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Michigan Selects its Poetry Out Loud Student Champion

Lyndon DeFoe of University High School Academy in Southfield, was named the 2016 Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Champion after a day-long recitation competition at The Library of Michigan/Michigan Historical Center in Lansing on March 4. DeFoe took top honors among 33 student competitors, reciting “The Bones of My Father”

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MHC Welcomes National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman to Michigan!

The Michigan Humanities Council Board of Directors and staff are pleased to welcome National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chairman Dr. William D. Adams who will visit Michigan for the first time as NEH Chairman in February 2016. Dr. Adams is a Michigan native, growing up in Oakland County. “We

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Black Voices from Copper Country

The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections is midway through its heritage grant project, Black Voices in the Copper Country, which examines the social and cultural history of African-Americans in this remote part of Michigan’s northwestern Upper Peninsula. The Copper Country, still defined by the industrial copper

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Behold the Power of Objects

Museums have long used objects to reach and teach, and to draw their audiences closer. When the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society was presented with the opportunity to display a large private collection of Native artifacts last year, we jumped at the chance. This extensive collection includes bead work, quill

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MHC Announces New Executive Director

The Michigan Humanities Council Board of Directors and staff are pleased to announce its new Executive Director. Shelly Kasprzycki began serving as the Executive Director on January 4, 2016. Ms. Kasprzycki is a long-time non-profit leader with over the last 25 years of experience, her career spans serving government as

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Community Partnerships with Coldwater’s Yemeni American Community Aim to Promote Equity and Inclusion through Humanities Programming

Arab Americans with roots in Yemen, many of whom are Muslim, make up the City of Coldwater’s largest minority group. Like other migrants in the United States, Arab Americans often moved in search of better employment opportunities. According to one story, their arrival in the community during the first half

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Pulitzer Prize Board Awards $40,000 to Michigan Humanities Council for 2016 Centennial Campfires Initiative

The Pulitzer Prize Board announced the award of $40,000 to Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) for Michigan Youth Journalism Experience, a program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016 through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative. Working in partnership with the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) and the Michigan State University

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Photographs and Public Programs help community learn from Japanese-American History during WWII

Marilyn Wheaton is director of the Marshall M. Frederick’s Sculpture Museum in Saginaw. In this post, she reflects their Heritage Grant project, which explored history, racial inequality, and the meaning of equity through an exhibit and public programs. As a museum director, I think a lot about the quality and

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MHC Announces Heritage Grants Funding Opportunity

The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the second year of its Heritage Grants Program, an initiative made possible by funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Heritage Grants support humanities projects that explore the histories of Michigan’s diverse racial and ethnic communities,

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Michigan Humanities Council Awards $220,234 in Grants for Cultural Programming

The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce $220,234 in grants to 21 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 $494,722 to the table. This major grant

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Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Voz: Youth in Grand Rapids Explore History and Identity through Art

Understanding one’s self and the nature of one’s identity can be tricky; there are a myriad of factors that influence who we are and why. Understanding the pieces of our identities is tough… and even more of a challenge when you are 17. Hispanic Center Youth Advocate Javier Jauregui understands

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Welcome to the Heritage Grants Blog

Welcome to the Heritage Grants Blog! Over the coming weeks, this space will feature stories, information, and resources about the Michigan Humanities Council’s Heritage Grants Program (HGP). Supported with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the HGP awards grants to cultural organizations across Michigan that use the humanities and

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MHC announces nearly $600,000 in awards

LANSING – The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce nearly $600,000 in grants to 26 Michigan organizations for the first round of funding for the Heritage Grants program.  Heritage Grants support projects that bring the authentic voices of cultural identity groups to the foreground and help the people

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Announcing Site Hosts for Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit – Hometown Teams

The Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to announce the selected host sites for a 2016-17 tour of a national Smithsonian Institution exhibition throughout Michigan. Hometown Teams, an exhibit that explores the critical roles that sports have played in our home towns and in our lives as Americans, will visit five of

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Registration Open to all Michigan Libraries for Prime Time Family Reading Time Program

Registration is now open for new or returning libraries interested in conducting a Prime Time Family Reading Time program in the Fall of 2015.   Applications are due by May 1, 2015. The Michigan Humanities Council offers grant opportunities to public libraries and public schools across the state to host Prime Time

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Grant Workshop: Grand Valley State University (Downtown Campus)

The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) will award nearly $1 million in grants in 2015 to non-profits throughout Michigan, supporting a wide variety of humanities programs. Come and learn more about these opportunities on: Wednesday May 20, 2015, 10 am – 12 pm Grant Valley State University (downtown campus) L.V. Eberhard Center,

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2015 Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Champion – Coral Brantly of Petoskey High School

Coral Brantly of Petoskey High School, was named the 2015 Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Champion after a day-long recitation competition at Dart Auditorium at Lansing Community College on March 13. Brantly took top honors among 33 student competitors, reciting “The Maid’s Lament” by Walter Savage Landor in her final

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2015-16 Great Michigan Read has been selected: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel

Michigan Humanities Council is announcing the fifth round of Great Michigan Read, a biennial statewide literary program focusing on humanities themes. The Great Michigan Read aims to connect us as Michiganians by deepening our understanding of our state, our society, and our humanity. A statewide panel of teachers, librarians, community

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Grant Workshop Events

Have questions about grant opportunities from the Michigan Humanities Council? Interested in learning more about howyour organization might propose a successful project? Mark your calendars for one of our winter 2015 Grant Workshops! Delta College Humanities Learning Center, Room S105, 1961 Delta Road, University Center, MI 48710. January 23, 1-2 pm. MSU Community

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Request for evaluation proposals

The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is seeking proposals to conduct an annual summative evaluation of the MHC project, Exploring the History of All Michigan’s People, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF). This project involves the establishment of MHC’s Heritage Grants Program which is intended to fund projects that explore

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Bring Michigan’s Top Talent to your community with the Arts & Humanities Touring Grants

The Michigan Humanities Council, in partnership with Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, is now accepting online applications for Arts & Humanities Touring Grants from all Michigan nonprofit organizations. These grants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted. THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED The

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National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Award Winners

LANSING – MHC Would Like to Congratulate the Following Michigan Organizations for Receiving National Endowment for the Humanities Grants for Long-Term and Travelling Exhibitions The Henry Ford Museum Heroes of the Sky: Adventures in Early Flight Your Place in Time: 20th-Century America Made in America: The History of the American

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Governor Appoints UICA Director to MHC Board

LANSING— Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Miranda Krajniak, Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Humanities Council Board of Directors. She is one of 25 board members, six of which are appointed by the governor. Krajniak is the executive director of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA). She will fill the

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MHC Receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation Support to Explore Racial History in Michigan

LANSING— The Michigan Humanities Council has been awarded a three-year, $1.7 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to launch a new statewide program to share local stories about race and cultural history. MHC will award competitive grants to nonprofit agencies to support exhibits, digital projects, oral history programs, documentaries,

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MHC Seeks Organizations for Muslim Voices Program

LANSING— The Michigan Humanities Council is seeking three organizations to host a reading and discussion program for children and teens that explores universal themes in American life through books with Muslim protagonists. Muslim Voices, a new program of the MHC and New York Council for the Humanities, seeks to create

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Grant Deadlines Announced for Project Funding up to $15,000

LANSING— The Michigan Humanities Council has announced a March 12 deadline date for Michigan nonprofits interested in applying for Major Grant funding in support of public humanities programming. Major Grants, up to $15,000, provide funding for projects such as lectures and discussion series, exhibits, public forums, book or film discussions

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MHC Awards $271,325 in Grants for Cultural Programming

LANSING— The Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to announce $271,325 in grants to 27 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 $695,774 to the table. Together, this major

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Cass Tech Student Wins Cash Award at Poetry Competition in D.C.

LANSING— Matthew Webb, a senior at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, competed today in the National Poetry Recitation Competition held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He participated in the Regional 2 Semifinal Round against 17 other state representatives, and was awarded Honorable Mention, receiving 4th place. With

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Cass Tech Student Wins State Poetry Competition

LANSING— Matthew Webb of Cass Technical High School in Detroit, was named the 2014 Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Champion after a day-long recitation competition at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center on March 14. Webb took top honors among 35 student competitors, reciting “The Empty Dance Shoes” by Cornelius

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Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Competition Coming to East Lansing

LANSING – On Friday, March 14 nearly 40 high school students from across Michigan will arrive in East Lansing for a powerful poetry recitation competition and the chance to be named the Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Champion. Open to the public at no cost, the competition will be held

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MHC Receives Capital Improvement Grant of $13,775

The Michigan Humanities Council has been awarded a Capital Improvement Grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs in the amount of $13,775. “Receiving this grant will allow MHC to support technology upgrades and improvements that will increase our ability to effectively deliver grants and support to nonprofit

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Author Visits Saginaw, Midland for Free Literary Discussion

Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret, will be in Saginaw and Midland on Tuesday, Jan. 28 for three public discussions on his book and its topics as part of the Great Michigan Read. The Great Michigan Read, presented by the Michigan Humanities Council, is

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