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House Proposes Heavy NEH Budget Cuts

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has proposed to cut funding to the National Endowment for the Humanities, a primary funder of the Michigan Humanities Council, by 49 percent. Read our response to this proposal and what it means for MHC.

Smithsonian Exhibit on Display in Southwest Michigan
Photo courtesy of the North Berrien Historical Museum

Smithsonian on Display in Southwest Michigan

Journey Stories, a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit exploring the history of immigration, migration and travel, is now on display in Coloma at the North Berrien Historical Museum through Sept. 21. To complement the exhibit, the museum has planned numerous events to tell the story of journeys in Berrien County. For more information on the events and exhibit hours at the museum, please visit the exhibit webpage.

Great Michigan Read Nearing Kickoff

Join the Statewide Discussion

Registration is still open for the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read, featuring Annie's Ghosts by Detroit native and Washington Post Associate Editor Steve Luxenberg. Described as part history, part detective story and part memoir, Annie's Ghosts explores family secrets, mental illness, genealogy and immigration. All registered partners receive free supplemental resources such as reader's guides, teacher's guides and bookmarks; select nonprofit partners can apply to receive free copies of the book. For more information on the program, including the author's tour, visit the program page today.

Poetry Out Loud
Photo courtesy Dave Trumpie

Register Today for Poetry Out Loud

High schools wishing to participate in Michigan's Poetry Out Loud program can now register online. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition that encourages youth to learn about poetry through memorization and performance while mastering public speaking skills, building self-confidence and learning about literary heritage. This is a FREE program all registered teachers receive free resources and staff assistance. Learn more and apply at our website.


Apply Now to Host Next Smithsonian Exhibit

We are now accepting applications from Michigan nonprofits, such as libraries and museums, to host the next tour of the Smithsonian exhibit The Way We Worked. This exhibit explores the history of our workforce and work environment over the past 150 years. Applicants should be located in communities with populations less than 20,000. For more information and the application, click here. The deadline to apply is Aug. 27.

Arts & Humanities Touring Grants Open Sept. 16
Photo credit Michigan Opera Theatre

Touring Grants Open Sept. 16

Mark your calendars! The Arts & Humanities Touring Grants, available from MHC and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, will open on our website on Sept. 16. The grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to Michigan nonprofits and help support the fees and expenses of performers, artists, exhibitors and presenters listed in the 2012-15 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory.


Interested in learning more about those included in our directory? Read this full story on spoken word poet Keir Jackson and his journey from engineer to full-time artist.

Photo credit Great Lakes Review

Noteworthy – Great Lakes Review

The Great Lakes Review is a new literary journal that publishes work from Toronto, Chicago, Cleveland and the Great Lakes Region. Congratulations to Sandra Seaton, an MHC supporter, whose one act play A Chance Meeting, was published in the summer issue. A Chance Meeting is about two African American former employees of a wealthy white Chicago family with very different attitudes about the past. The review is now accepting submissions from writers living in and/or writing about the Great Lakes region for publication in its spring 2014 issue. If interested, writers should visit the submission page here for details.


MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


Journey Stories Exhibit
Aug. 6 – Sept. 21 in Coloma
Region: Southwest

Turning Point: The War of 1812 from the
Native American Perspective

Now through May 2014 in Harbor Springs
Region: Northwest

Roethke Summer Picnic Series
Aug. 1, 13 and 20 in Saginaw
Region: East Central

One Book, One Community
Aug. 25 in East Lansing
Region: Southeast

Put it on Paper Exhibit
Now through Aug. 25 in Lansing
Region: Southeast

11th Annual Kerrytown BookFest
Sept. 8 in Ann Arbor
Region: Southeast

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