Who We Are

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.


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


• 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.


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. Learn more about Grant Writing with this video.

Latest News

Two Grants Announced for Project Funding from $750 up to $15,000

The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) has announced deadline dates for Michigan nonprofits interested in applying for funding in support of public humanities programming. Humanities Grants, up to $15,000, provide funding for projects such as lectures and discussion series, exhibits, public forums, book or film discussions and much more. Humanities Grants emphasize collaboration

Rural America Examined in New Smithsonian Exhibit

Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to announce the selected host sites for the 2019–2020 tour of a national Smithsonian Institution exhibition, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” which explores the past, present, and future of rural American communities. Since 1900, the percentage of Americans living in rural areas dropped from 60%

Application deadline is fast approaching! Host a Smithsonian Exhibit (Crossroads) in 2019-2020

The Michigan Humanities Council is now accepting applications from rural libraries, museums and non-profit community centers interested in hosting a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit in their community. Six organizations in rural communities (populations less than 20,000) will be selected to host Crossroads: Change in Rural America from September 2019 through

Detroit selected as site for 2021 National Humanities Conference

Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce that Detroit, Michigan has been selected as the host city for the 2021 National Humanities Conference. “We are delighted with being able to showcase our state and the work of our council,” said Shelly Kasprzycki, President and CEO of Michigan Humanities Council.

On September 29, President Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, establishing the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts as separate, independent agencies. #NEHbirthday