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2012-13 Poetry Out Loud

An application is now available for our next Poetry Out Loud program. The deadline is Oct. 26. The state

championship will tentatively be held Feb. 22-23 in East Lansing. Help spread word of this program to other educators!


Arts First!

This one-day professional development conference will be held Aug. 27 at Oakland Schools. Breakout sessions will discuss visual art and music integration for K-12 curriculum, with a special session by the Council on funding opportunities. You do not need to live or work in Oakland County to attend this conference. For more information, follow this link or call (248) 209-2500.



Celebration of a Century: Calcite in Rogers City

Calcite CentennialIf you’ve never had the opportunity to visit Rogers City, a small community in northeast Michigan, this is the time to do so. Its annual Nautical Festival draws thousands to the area, but this year is also the 100th anniversary of the Calcite Limestone Quarry – the largest in the world – and the occasion is definitely worth celebrating.

In operation since 1912, the calcite plant has employed generations of workers in Rogers City. To celebrate its centennial anniversary and history, the Presque Isle District Library (PIDL) has teamed up with numerous community partners for a monumental project.

Making Sense of the Civil WarMaking Sense of the Civil War

We are pleased to announce that a new reading and discussion program, Making Sense of the American Civil War, will be available this fall and winter for libraries and historical societies. This five-part scholar-led reading and discussion series will focus on perspectives of the American Civil War and the varying experiences of individuals from different genders, ethnicities and backgrounds during that time period.

Poetry Out Loud

The Way We Worked

Bringing the Smithsonian to Rural Michigan

Starting this fall, Michiganians will have the opportunity to learn about our rural communities in an exciting new way. Away from the city lights and sounds, our rural areas have the natural resources – like limestone, agriculture and lumber – that helped create the Michigan we know and love today. However, it’s not just the resources that should be celebrated but also the workers who have helped develop our thriving communities.

Major Grant Award



•  National Endowment for the Arts has announced its
   award of $1 million in grants for The Big Read

•  Michigan Radio’s new “State of Opportunity”

•  “Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings”

•  Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the
   Bicentennial of the War of 1812

Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants


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