Who We Are
To inspire us to come together in creative and freely expressed ways to deepen our understanding of ourselves and enrich our communities.
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
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.
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.
Michigan Humanities Council Awards $185,130 in Grants for Cultural Programming
Michigan Humanities is pleased to announce $185,130 in grants to 15 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 $296,500 to the table. This major grant cycle, the Humanities