Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter


YooperaYoopera!, a documentary on the Upper Peninsula, the Rockland Opera, and the Storyline Project, has released an official trailer. The documentary, by the International Documentary Association, is made possible through a Michigan Humanities Council major grant. Watch the trailer here!

Inside Out Literary ArtsInsideOut Literary Arts was chosen by Charter One and WXYZ-TV Channel 7 as the first 2012 Champion in Action in the category of youth initiatives. InsideOut will receive a $35,000 unrestricted grant, media coverage, and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its outstanding work. This grant will be used to further engage local youth in the power of poetry and literary self-expression. In 2009, InsideOut's Citywide Poetry program was honored with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

The Creative State Michigan report, released by ArtServe Michigan, suggests that for every $1 Michigan invests in arts and culture, $51 is pumped back into the state's economy. Data gathered from the Cultural Data Project (CDP) shows that 211 organizations have generated $462,791,322 in economic activity. The Michgian Humanities Council is a member of the CDP.

Elijah J. McCoyThis July, the first U.S. Patent and Trademark Office outside of Washington, D.C., will open its doors. The agency will open a 31,000 square-foot space in Detroit, and expects to employ 100 people in its first year. The new office will be named after African-American inventor Elijah J. McCoy, who lived in Ypsilanti. You can read more about it here from Michigan Radio.



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It’s time again for the 2nd Annual NAESP National Children’s Book Award Contest. This opportunity, offered by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, will discover, publish and launch two aspiring writers’ careers. This contest is open to anyone interested in being a children’s book author. Two winners will be selected: one for a children’s picture book, and the other for a children’s chapter book. The contest deadline is March 1, 2012. Visit NAESP foundation website for details.

photo by Andrew JamesonMonths after news spread that the Detroit Science Center will be closing its doors due to budgeting, Crain’s Detroit Business released an article on three reasons it needs to be saved. This article, by former president and CEO of the center, is one worth reading. Check out “Other Voices: Three Reasons to Revive Science Center.”



The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) has named Michigan eLibrary (MeL), the flagship program of the Library of Michigan, as the recipient of its 2012 President's Award. The honor is given annually to those who have made an outstanding contribution to further the use of technology in education. MACUL will present the honor to State Librarian Nancy Robertson at the opening keynote session during its annual conference on March 8 at Devos Place, in Grand Rapids.



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