August 2014
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MHC Receives $1.7 Million from WK Kellogg Foundation

MHC Receives $1.7 Million from WK Kellogg Foundation

A new initiative will launch this spring exploring Michigan's race and cultural history thanks to a $1.7 million grant provided to MHC from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Racial and Cultural History Grants will invite Michigan 501(c)(3) nonprofits to apply for grant funding to produce exhibits, documentaries, lecture series, community events and more that will increase conversation and understanding of our state's cultural landscape. There are no requirements for matching money or cost share; the first deadline is expected in the spring. Stay tuned to the MHC website and newsletter for additional information.

Major Grant Deadline Cycle has Changed

Major Grant Deadline Cycle has Changed

Due to the new Racial and Cultural History Grants, the Major Grant cycle timeline has changed. These grants, which award up to $15,000 toward public humanities programming and require a 120 percent cost share, will now have an application deadline in September 2015. Drafts may be submitted from July-August 2015, with the application opening that August. The criteria have not changed. For more information, please visit the Major Grants page.

Camp Hosann

Fall Opportunity for Arts & Humanities Touring Grants

The Arts & Humanities Touring Grants, which help offset the cost of bringing quality performers and scholars to your community, are expected to open in early November. This is a change from previous years due to an upgrade in granting technology. An official opening date has not yet been determined; please refer to the website or future newsletters for additional information. If you have immediate questions, please call us at 517.372.7770.

NOTICE: Due to a change in granting systems, you will no longer have access to the GovOnline accounts after September. Please consider printing or saving your previous applications and/or documents before Sept. 30 if you wish to have them for your personal records.


Matthew Webb

Schools: Register Today for Poetry Out Loud

All Michigan high schools are invited to explore the poetic word with Poetry Out Loud, a free high school poetry recitation competition. Each year across the nation there are nearly 400,000 students that build self-confidence, learn about literary heritage and master public speaking by participating in this program. Teachers are provided free support and curriculum materials, and cash prizes are awarded to the top competitors at the state and national level. To register, visit the Poetry Out Loud page. For more information, contact Judith Dworkin at or 517.372.7770.


Save the Dates for Smithsonian Exhibit Tour

This October we'll launch the 2014-15 tour of The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian exhibit exploring the history of our workforce over the past 150 years. The family friendly exhibit will visit six rural communities and use photographic collections and objects to tell the story of work in the American culture. Each host site will present a local exhibit and programming opportunities. Travel our beautiful back roads to see this exhibit at one of the following sites:


Artworks: Big Rapids
Oct. 4 – Nov. 30, 2014

Oxford Public Library

Dec. 6, 2014 through Feb. 1, 2015

William G. Thompson House Museum (Hudson)
Feb. 7 – March 29, 2015
Downtown Art Place: Ironwood
April 4 – May 31, 2015

Plainwell Downtown Development Authority
June 6 – July 19, 2015

MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


Selling Nahma
Through Aug. 7 in Escanaba
Region: Upper Peninsula


Play: Red Jacket 1913
Aug. 14-15 in Calumet
Region: Upper Peninsula


Library Colloquia Series with Jonathan A.C. Brown
Sept. 18 in East Lansing
Region: Southeast

Michigan Folksong Legacy: Grand Discoveries from the Great Depression
Through Sept. 26 in Rogers City
Region: Northeast

Descrechaska: Here is Everything

Permanent display in Wyandotte
Region: Southeast

From Forest to Fruit Belt
Permanent display in Coloma
Region: Southwest

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