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May 16, 2012

Michigan Humanities Council Awards $350,850 in Major Grants

LANSING— After reviewing an astounding 51 applications – 31 more than the previous grant cycle – the Michigan Humanities Council will award $350,850 in major grant monies to 30 Michigan nonprofits.

“We received an extraordinary number of very exciting, high-quality grant applications this spring and the Michigan Humanities Council has made the very bold decision to fund double the number of grants we usually fund this time of year as a result. This is more than double the amount of grant dollars we awarded in the fall cycle, but with such a large number of great projects on the table, we decided to get the funds out into the communities now when the need is so great,” said Council Board Chair Timothy Chester.

“On behalf of the Council board and staff, I want to congratulate those Michigan schools, communities and nonprofits that are really raising the bar in innovative programming to tell their local stories and elevate Michigan’s rich cultural heritage to a new level,” added Chester.

The grants will provide organizations with the funds needed to host cultural programming in their communities through exhibits, lectures, writing programs, festivals and more. Grantees are based in 16 of Michigan’s counties, and are listed below with their grant amount and project title.


Lake Superior State University - $2,930
Opening a Literary Dialogue in the Eastern Upper Peninsula


Emmet County - $12,500
Dark Sky Discovery Trail at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park

Grand Traverse

Traverse City Area Public Schools - $14,500
Front Street Writers Program (FSW)

History Center of Traverse City - $14,746
Legends of the Grand Traverse Region: Community Out of Diversity


Michigan Tech Archives - $14,500
Turning Point in History: The 1913 Copper Miners’ Strike


Michigan State University - $13,481
Hearing Voices: The Art and Application of Story and Storytelling

Michigan Historical Center, DNR - $14,500
Put it on Paper

Library of Michigan - $15,000
Michigan Notable Books Program


Western Michigan University - $10,000
A Colonial Militia Muster on the Eve of Revolution


Grand Valley State University - $14,500
Michigan Hometown Stories: Saugatuck / Douglas


Edsel & Eleanor Ford House - $7,500
Fairy Tales at Ford House: A Grimm Celebration


Marquette Regional History Center - $3,714
From One World to Another: The History of the Canoe


White Lake Community Library - $14,500
Exploring and Documenting the Community Impact of White Lake’s Environmental History

Presque Isle

Presque Isle District Library - $14,907
Calcite Centennial: A Century in Stone and the Centennial Landmark


Saginaw Valley State University - $12,500
Memories of World War II Exhibition (Marshall M. Frederick’s Sculpture Museum)

Friends of Theodore Roethke - $11,981
A Saginaw Celebration: The Life and Work of Theodore Roethke

St. Clair

Port Huron Area School District - $15,000
Michigan Great Lakes Shipwreck Film Project

Van Buren

Michigan Maritime Museum - $4,032
War on the Great Lakes! Exhibit Lecture Series


Wild Swan Theater - $14,500
Shipwrecked!: A Michigan Maritime Adventures on the High Inland Seas

University Musical Society - $14,500
100 Years of Hill Auditorium: The Role of the Concert Hall in Community Life

Eastern Michigan University - $14,909
For the Love of this Place: Interpreting the Campbell-DeYoung Farmstead

Neutral Zone - $10,000
S.E.E.D. (Students Educating Each Other about Discrimination) Project

Fiction Writers Review - $14,980
The State of the Book: A Celebration of Michigan Writers and Writing

Kerrytown BookFest - $4,125
The Circle of the Book


InsideOut Literary Arts Project - $14,500
Women Influence Words, II

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History - $14,500
Visions of the 44th – African American Voting Rights and Michigan’s Ballot

Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion - $8,500
We Don’t Want Them Exhibit (expanded)

John Glenn High School - $6,545
Wayne Westland WWII USO Dance

City of Wyandotte - $14,500
Wyandotte Museums Local History Gallery Exhibit Installation

Pewabic Society, Inc. - $8,500
Pewabic Pottery Fun Facts: Didactic Labels in our Historic Studio Building & Continuation of
Traveling Exhibit

The latest round of applications was partially submitted through the Council’s new online granting system. To ensure a complete transition to online granting and to provide ample time to update and realign grant criteria, the Council does not currently plan on offering a fall major grant cycle for 2012. However, please stay posted through the Council website as we explore other new funding sources that would allow for additional grant opportunities in the fall of 2012.

About the Michigan Humanities Council

The Michigan Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit organization created to foster a better understanding of each other and our state through local cultural, historical and literary experiences for all. The Council was founded in 1974 and is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and individual donors. For more information on future programs, upcoming grant opportunities or how you can support these efforts, please visit www.michiganhumanities.org or call (517) 372-7770.




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