AUGUST 2011
Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter
 
Organization Works to Preserve, Promote Fishtown History

On your standard Michigan summer day, Fishtown is flooded with visitors. Teenagers dive in and out of each wooden, weather-beaten shanty. Families parade outside of the ice cream shop, bellies full, and a father and son make memories fishing off the dock.

Although thousands of people visit Fishtown each year, few are aware of the rich history and stories those shanties could tell.

“The first time I had gone down there, I had the feeling it was supposed to be really important and I didn’t know why,” admits Amanda Holmes, executive director of the Fishtown Preservation Society (FPS). “People need to know this present place has an important past.”
Major Grants Awards Announced

Great Michigan Read Feature
Great Michigan Read

As a first-time Great Michigan Read partner, the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center has big plans for the Capital City.

The Learning Center, located in the Michigan Hall of Justice, will work with Lansing-area high schools to host a reenactment of the Sweet trials portrayed in the Great Michigan Read selection, “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age,” by Detroit-native Kevin Boyle.GMR Partner Feature: Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center

 
Humanities Pic of the Month

Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library was proud to host the Equinox Celtic Band for a two-hour outdoor concert.

On July 8, the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library was proud to host the Equinox Celtic Band for a two-hour outdoor concert. The event drew in more than 200 people and families and was intertwined with the Summer Book Club theme, “One World, Many Stories.”
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Grant Application Period Opens with New Grants Officer
Calling all nonprofits: it’s time for another round of major grant applications. Michigan Humanities Council major grants award up to $15,000 for projects providing public programming in the humanities. Examples of eligible projects and events include a museum exhibit, family workshop, storytelling series, literary festival and more.
Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants

 
Cynthia Dimitrijevic

Arts & Humanities Touring Program Grants, Adjudication Process Opening Soon
You don’t have to look far in Michigan to find someone involved with the Arts & Humanities Touring Directory. Whether you are a performer or event organizer who relies on the directory to find quality programming, the directory is a hit amongst all.
Touring Directory


 
Cynthia Dimitrijevic

Grant Project Profiles
Of the 14 grant projects approved under the last spring major grant period, four organizations have already begun hosting their Humanities-Council funded projects. Details on where these projects are and how you can attend are listed below.
Project Profiles
 
noteworthy Noteworthy
Michigan Humanities Council major-grant recipient Fishtown Preservation Society in Leland made the press, highlighting their efforts to keep Fishtown alive and busy. The article in the Leelanau News, “Efforts To Preserve Fishtown Going Strong Despite Fishing Drop,” include information on their ongoing grant project featuring a speaker series at Fishtown.
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