The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce $274,575 in grants to 24 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 $568,288.68 to the table. This major grant cycle, the Humanities Grants, support projects exploring history, poetry, reading, education and community identity.
Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council said, “Humanities Grants are more critical than ever to keep quality cultural programs in our local communities. These projects not only educate, inform, and enrich local audiences in these communities, but also attract visitors, support community development, and build capacity in organizations around the state.”
Humanities Grants are awarded to Michigan nonprofits in support of cultural, educational and community-based public humanities programming. These grants play a vital role in defining our culture, our state, our community and ourselves, and are intended to connect us to Michigan’s rich cultural heritage and historical resources.
“The Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to support so many creative and important initiatives through its Humanities Grants. The need for understanding, personal connections, and civil discourse is great, and these projects bring our state opportunities to share our stories and engage in dialogues with each other,” said Council Board Chair Kathleen Mullins.
MHC received 41 eligible applications for review in its fall 2016 deadline cycle. The organizations with award amounts, by county, are listed below.
Project details can be found on the MHC website at www.michiganhumanities.org/humanities-grants
County Listing – 2016 Humanities Grant Awards
Alger County Historical Society, $15,000
The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, $10,925
Dowagiac Area History Museum, $14,725
William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, $15,000
T. ROSE Foundation, $5,000
Crooked Tree Arts Center, $7,500
Grand Traverse County
National Writers Series, $2,950
International Frisbee Hall of Fame & Museum, $8,400
Advent House Ministries, Inc., $15,000
Library of Michigan, $15,000
Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, $9,025
Museum of Ojibwa Culture, $15,000
Northern Michigan University, $15,000
Troy Historical Society $15,000
Plowshares Theatre Company, $4,800
Detroit Educational Television Foundation, $15,000
Wild Swan Theater, $15,000
Regents of the University of Michigan, $6,675
Kerrytown Bookfest, $4,575
Detroit Public Theatre, $15,000
Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, $15,000
The Friends of Historical Hamtramck, $15,000
Wayne State University, $15,000