April 2013

Michigan Stories
Erik Nordberg
Photo credit Ryan Holt

Getting to know the Executive Director

On May 1, the Michigan Humanities Council will officially welcome former board member Erik Nordberg as our new executive director. Nordberg joins us from Michigan Technological University, where he most recently served as the University Archivist and Head of Archives.


Follow the link to read a fun Q&A with our new executive director - see what books he's reading and what he enjoys to do in the summer.
Major Grant Applications

Richard Wu, Michigan Poetry Champ prepares for DC
Photo credit Dave Trumpie

Michigan Poetry Champ Prepares for D.C.

This month, Forest Hills Central High School senior Richard Wu travels to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national Poetry Out Loud competition. Richard was named the Michigan Poetry Out Loud champion after the statewide competition on Feb. 23. Join us in supporting him in this competition April 29! Watch for live feeds posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Good luck Richard!

Great Michigan Read

Reminder: Great Michigan Read Registration

In February, we announced the long-awaited title of the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read. Are you ready for a statewide discussion on mental illness, genealogy, immigration and family secrets? Join us in reading Annie's Ghosts, written by Detroit native and Washington Post Associate Editor Steve Luxenberg. Official program registration opens May 15 on our website. All nonprofits and for-profit Michigan organizations can participate.

Major Grants
Photo credit:Anne Belanger

Review Update for Major Grants

Thank you to everyone who submitted a major grant application through our new online granting portal! This year, we received 71 applications (20 more than last year), from 33 counties around the state. Our review team is working hard to review the applications and make their recommendations. Look for an announcement in mid-May and keep your eye on our calendar for many great events to come!

Smithsonian Exhibition Tour Continues

Smithsonian Exhibition Tour Continues

The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition coordinated in Michigan by the Michigan Humanities Council, is now at its fifth stop in Clare. Explore the history of work in America by seeing this exhibit April 9 – May 18 at the Pere Marquette District Library. Don't miss your chance to take your family to a Smithsonian exhibit in your backyard. Also be sure to mark your calendars for the start of Journey Stories – opening June 1 in Alpena!

Show your Support for Michigan Humanities
Photo credit Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Show your Support for Michigan Humanities

The Michigan Humanities Council could not affect so many lives throughout Michigan without the generous support of our donors. Please show your support of MHC and the libraries, schools, museums, religious organizations and more that benefit from our grants and programs. Consider making a tax-deductible donation to MHC today. Donations can be accepted online or by mail at 119 Pere Marquette Drive, Suite 3B, Lansing MI 48912. Thank you for supporting Michigan's cultural heritage!


MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


The Way We Worked
April 9 - May 18 in Clare
Region: East Central

Tumult and Tragedy Exhibit
April 8- May 1 in Painesdale
Region: U.P.

Thornapple Arts Council's Annual
Jazz Festival

April 11-13 in Hastings
Region: Southwest


"Koran by Heart" Film and Discussion
April 25 in Okemos
Region: Southeast


Looking @ Democracy Challenge
Submissions due April 30
Region: Statewide and Nationwide

Great Michigan Read Registration
Opens May 15 Statewide

Put it on Paper Exhibit
Now through August in Lansing
Region: Southeast

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