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Michigan Humanities Awards

Congratulations to the Michigan Humanities Awards 2019 Winners

Corporate Humanities Champion of the Year


Community Impact Partner of the Year

Wild Swan Theater

Humanities Champions of the Year

Charles Ferrell, Charles H. Wright Museum
of African American History
Eric Hemenway, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Special Guest Kerry Kennedy with awardee Eric Hemenway, Board Members and President/CEO of MH Shelly Kasprzycki

Our passion for the humanities can only be matched by our love for our beautiful state. The Michigan Humanities is celebrating our state’s iconic shape by making it integral in our new brand identity.  With our new branding and logo, we’ll continue our mission of elevating the role of humanities in every county of our fine state through grants, programs and conversations. As part of our rebranding, we celebrated the work that our partners have done for over the past 45 years by creating the first Michigan Humanities Awards. We were honored to have Special Guest Kerry Kennedy on hand for the Michigan Humanities Awards.

Special Guest:

Kerry Kennedy, Author and Chairperson, Amnesty International Leadership Council, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy




Posthumous Recognition Award for U.S. Representative John Dingell was presented to U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell at our event.

U.S. Representative John Moolenaar received an Outstanding Supporter of Humanities award for his humanities work throughout Michigan.

Michigan Humanities hosted the First Annual Michigan Humanities Awards on May 16, 2019. Three awards were presented to recognize and reward individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the civic and cultural vitality of the State of Michigan.

Awards were presented for the following: 

Corporate Humanities Champion of the Year Award

Recognizes organizations or corporations 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

This award is given to the person whose contributions result in outstanding public humanities impact in their community and in our state. An example would be humanities person (teacher, librarian, cultural leader) who has creatively and successfully brought humanities to the public forum. Faculty and scholars who have taken humanities to the public beyond their classroom, or brought the public into their classroom.

Community Impact Partner of the Year

Universities, schools, libraries and community centers 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 in Michigan.