Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to announce the 2020 Michigan Humanities Awards, presented virtually on Thursday, September 17 at 7 pm.  In partnership with Under the Radar Michigan, awards are presented to humanities professionals from across the state.

For the first time, Michigan Humanities is presenting these important awards online, via Facebook Live.  Viewers can join online, without a Facebook account, and watch the awards presentation.

“As we prepared to host an in-person event in May, 2020, our plans were halted in early March because of the COVID-19 virus. We proceeded with the call for nominations during this challenging time, and decided to share the Michigan Humanities Awards in a new format. In partnership with the team from Under the Radar Michigan, we’ve created a virtual program that allows us to honor the award winners and also keep everyone safe. We are thrilled with the way the show has come together, and with the award winners that the committee selected for 2020. We hope that everyone will enjoy our awards presentation, and that we are able to celebrate in person in 2021.” said Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki, President & CEO of Michigan Humanities.

Awards are selected from three different categories, and nominations from all over the state of Michigan were submitted.  A panel of current and former board members, MH staff, and Humanities professionals voted on the winners for each category. These are the categories for our awards:

Outstanding Humanities Supporter – Organization and Individual

Recognizes organization and individual that have made a lasting contribution 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/persons whose contributions result in outstanding public humanities impact in their community and in our state. An example would be humanities person (teacher, scholar, librarian, cultural leader) who has creatively and successfully brought humanities to the public forum.

Community Impact Partner of the Year

Universities, schools, libraries, museums, community centers and organizations who have brought to life a book, humanities 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.

Join us on Thursday, September 17 at 7 pm on Facebook.com/MichiganHumanities to see our statewide winners for 2020. Congratulations to all of our nominees.

Support for this program is generously provided by:

Founder’s Brewery
Wayne State University
Maner Costerisan
MSU Federal Credit Union
Michigan Humanities Board of Directors
Delta Dental
Grand Valley State University
Library of Michigan
Access – Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
Public Policy Associates
Michigan Humanities Emeritus Board Members

Under the Radar – Michigan team!


About the Michigan Humanities 

Michigan Humanities inspires Michigan residents to come together in creative and freely expressed ways to deepen our understanding of ourselves and enrich our communities. In carrying out this mission, Michigan Humanities builds awareness and excitement for humanities in everyday life, achieves best practices and sustainability for all humanities programs and services in Michigan, and upholds the following key values: inclusion, diversity, and equity; discovery and understanding; authentic conversation; respectful collaboration; and meaningful experiences. Michigan Humanities’ vision is for all people of Michigan to experience and understand the importance of humanities to enrich lives.

About Under the Radar Michigan

UTR is broadcast on every PBS TV station throughout Michigan and in millions of households across Canada, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Tennessee and even Florida. “Under The Radar” has won 10 Emmys for Best Program, Best Host, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Program Promo. Tom Daldin and Jim Edelman travel the state of Michigan exploring the best our state has to offer, meeting people, visiting places and finding great things and sharing their fun with all of us!



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