Upcoming Events

november

26oct(oct 26)9:00 am08dec(dec 8)5:00 pmCrossroads: Change in Rural America – DecaturEvent Type:Museum on Main Street Venue City: Decatur

06nov11:45 am12:45 pmPageturners Book Club Conversation and Book Signing with Steve LuxenbergEvent Type:Action Grants Venue City: Livonia

06nov6:30 pmWMEAC Book Club Discussion of What the Eyes Don’t SeeEvent Type:Great Michigan Read Venue City: Grand Rapids

15novAll DayArts and Humanities Touring Grant Applications are OpenEvent Type:Arts and Humanities Touring Grant,Grant & Program Deadlines

december

26oct(oct 26)9:00 am08dec(dec 8)5:00 pmCrossroads: Change in Rural America – DecaturEvent Type:Museum on Main Street Venue City: Decatur

14decAll Day26janCrossroads: Change in Rural America–GraylingEvent Type:Museum on Main Street Venue City: Grayling

january

14decAll Day26janCrossroads: Change in Rural America–GraylingEvent Type:Museum on Main Street Venue City: Grayling

15jan11:59 pmLast day to submit an application for an Arts and Humanities Touring GrantEvent Type:Arts and Humanities Touring Grant,Grant & Program Deadlines

16jan7:00 pm8:00 pmUs versus Them: Understanding Images of Separation with Dr. David PilgrimEvent Type:Action Grants Venue City: Holland

february

01febAll DayArts and Humanities Touring Grant Applications are openEvent Type:Arts and Humanities Touring Grant,Grant & Program Deadlines

01febAll Day15marCrossroads: Change in Rural America–Reed CityEvent Type:Museum on Main Street Venue City: Reed City

march

01febAll Day15marCrossroads: Change in Rural America–Reed CityEvent Type:Museum on Main Street Venue City: Reed City

13mar(mar 13)2:00 pm14(mar 14)12:00 pmMichigan Poetry Out Loud State FinalsEvent Type:Poetry Out Loud Venue City: Lansing

19mar11:59 pmHumanities Grant Spring DeadlineEvent Type:Grant & Program Deadlines,Humanities Grants

21marAll Day03mayCrossroads: Change in Rural America–Rogers CityEvent Type:Museum on Main Street Venue City: Rogers City

Help Support Michigan Humanities

Who We Are

What makes community life worthwhile? Is it the relationships you build over time with family, friends and co-workers? What about the good times and memories from attending annual festivals and events? Or is it the experience of working through difficult times that bonds us together?  Maybe it’s the familiarity of people and places…all part of the human experience.

The study of the humanities offers a deeper understanding of ourselves and others by confronting us with the questions, values and meanings of the human experience. From an academic perspective, that includes the study of ethics, history, literature, philosophy, art history and criticism, film studies, linguistics, jurisprudence, languages, comparative religion and the history of science.

As one of 56 state (and territories) humanities councils in the country,  Michigan Humanities was founded in 1974 as a result of federal legislation. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities,  Michigan Humanities also actively seeks grants, sponsorships and individual donations to further support cultural programming for Michigan communities.

Mission

To inspire us to come together in creative and freely expressed ways to deepen our understanding of ourselves and enrich our communities.

Vision

For all people of Michigan to experience and understand the importance of humanities to enrich lives.

Values

  • Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
  • Discovery and Understanding
  • Authentic Conversation
  • Respectful Collaboration
  • Meaningful Experiences

Pillars

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

Programs

Our programs currently include:

Grants

Our grants to nonprofit cultural organizations, community groups, libraries and schools include:

Past Programs/Grants:

  • Talking Service: was a reading program for men and women of all ages who have served in the armed forces and for their families, friends, and care providers.
  • Heritage Grants: With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this grant program supported projects that explored local histories of race, ethnicity, and cultural identity in Michigan.
  • Third Coast Conversations (Final round of funding was awarded in 2018, awards up to $5,000)
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