2021 Michigan Humanities Awards


2021 Michigan Humanities Awards Winner

And the winners are…

Held Friday, September 10, 2021

Headlands International Dark Sky Park
Waterfront Event Center
15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Celebrating Humanities Work throughout Michigan

On September 10, 2021 Michigan Humanities honored and celebrated outstanding contributions to the humanities in our state in Mackinaw City, Michigan.  We recognized and celebrated individuals, schools, universities, libraries, community organizations, groups, foundations and corporations who have advanced the humanities in Michigan through leadership, education and advocacy. What better way to honor and recognize the important work being done in our state?

Awards were presented in the following categories:

Outstanding Humanities Organization

Recognizes organizations corporate funders, foundations and organizational partners that have made a lasting contribution over time (five years or more) to the cultural life of their communities or our state through their active support of and involvement in promoting public humanities.

Humanities Champion of the Year – Individual

The person whose contributions result in outstanding public humanities impact in their community and in our state. Examples are teachers, scholars, librarians, historians, and cultural leaders who has creatively and successfully brought humanities to the public forum.

Community Impact Partner of the Year 2020

Universities, schools, libraries, community centers and organizations that made a significant impact in 2020 despite the pandemic.  They may have brought to life a book, humanities project, historical project, discussion or other humanities programs in an innovative or creative way, serving their community and our state. They have championed the value of public humanities and made a lasting contribution to the cultural life of Michigan in 2020.

Humanities Awards 2021 Criteria

Awards will be presented to honor and celebrate individuals, schools, universities, libraries, community organizations, groups, foundations and corporations that have made an outstanding contribution to the civic and cultural vitality of the State of Michigan. All nominees met the following criteria:

  • Actively promotes understanding and appreciation of the humanities in the community through their work, volunteerism or leadership at cultural, civic, education or other organizations.
  • Exemplary outreach and/or advocacy supporting the humanities and access to the humanities.
  • Significant contribution to the community/state by promoting civil discourse and/or community engagement.