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Don't miss your chance to attend the National Endowment for the Humanities Picturing in America Conference entitled "Mid-Michigan's Legacy as the Arsenal of Democracy."


This conference for area teachers is presented by the Lansing School District and NEH, and will be hosted by WKAR at the Communication Arts and Sciences Building at Michigan State University from May 10-12.


Participants will receive supporting scholarly materials and examples of utilizing art to support cross-discipline learning in the classroom.


Following participation, teachers will submit a lesson plan based on the content of the conferences, and will be eligible for a $300 stipend to support arts integration plans.


Space is limited! For more information, contact Doreen Meffert at (517) 977-6567 or doreen.meffert@lansing

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Prison MuralsMurals Depict Varied History of Michigan's First State Prison

Michigan made history in 1882. Some may not be proud, but at one point Michigan had the largest walled prison in the world. The first State Prison, which ran alongside Cooper and Mechanic streets in Jackson, housed a then-staggering 3,840 inmates when it closed its doors in 1934.

Prison Murals

Alba Teen Wins Michigan Poetry Out Loud Championship

Following a tough, two-day competition, Randi Laundré was named the Michigan Poetry Out Loud Champion. The sophomore from Alba Public School, in northwest Michigan, was one of 36 students to compete for the title.

The event was held at Saginaw Valley State University, and was hosted by the Michigan Humanities Council and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Poetry Out Loud


Hastings Gets Jazzed Up for Festival

It doesn’t take a drawn-out description to explain how big the annual Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival is.

“You can’t walk in downtown Hastings for the two days of the festival without hearing jazz music,” said Megan Lavell, executive director of the Thornapple Arts Council.



Commemorate the Titanic Centennial in Michigan

On April 10, 1912, the most-famous ship to date set sail on its maiden voyage. Five days later, tragedy would strike and more than 1,500 lives would be lost; an astonishing 68 percent of the passengers and crew aboard.

April marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage and sinking. If you are looking for a way to commemorate the anniversary and learn more about the 52,000-ton ship, look no further than in your own backyard.




Keep an eye out this fall for more information on the Arts & Humanities Touring Directory Capital Showcase, to be held in Lansing on the Capitol lawn. This event is a great opportunity to see some of the amazing talent in our touring directory, which is kept in partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants


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