December 2014
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Joe Cialdella

Welcome Joe!

MHC is pleased to announce that Joe Cialdella has joined our team as Grants Manager for the Council's new W.K. Kellogg funded grant program, Heritage Grants—Exploring the History of All Michigan's People. Joe brings his experience with grants and public history programs to his work at MHC. He has a strong understanding of the relevance of history to current topics and issues that are of importance to communities and identity groups throughout our state. We are happy to have Joe join us in our Lansing office and contribute his talents and knowledge to the implementation of the Heritage Grants program. Joe can be reached at

Giving Tuesday for Michigan Humanities Council

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! Show your support to MHC through an online contribution!

#GivingTuesday begins tomorrow, December 2. How can you get involved? By making a contribution to Michigan Humanities Council, no matter the size of the gift. We hope you will consider joining in this international movement by making a gift of support to Michigan Humanities Council on #GivingTuesday. Throughout the day you may make an online contribution by clicking this link. You may also call our office from 9am-5pm at 517-372-7770 or mail a donation to 119 Pere Marquette Dr., Suite 3B, Lansing, MI 48912.


Every dollar donated to Michigan Humanities Council directly benefits the work we do for communities throughout the state on #GivingTuesday. Thank you for your support and generosity!


Northern Lights Performance

Heritage Grants Program Update

The Heritage Grant Program Advisory Group convened for their initial meeting in late November to provide input into the development of the Heritage Grants criteria, application materials and process. MHC greatly appreciates the time and expertise contributed by partner organizations: Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, Damon Keith Center-Detroit Equity Lab (WSU), Kutsche Office of Local History (GVSU), Historical Society of Michigan, United Tribes of Michigan, and the Consortium of Hispanic Agencies. MHC board members, Anne Belanger and Gloria White Gardner, have also provided valuable insights and liaison throughout the process.


MHC will begin accepting optional draft project proposals beginning in December, with the full online application available in January. The application deadline is March 16, 2015. Updated program information and application workshop details will be posted on the MHC website as they become available. For more information contact Joe Cialdella at or Robbe DiPietro at or visit the MHC website at


Raion Taiko

Arts & Humanities Touring Grants

The Michigan Humanities Council, through partnership with Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, will be accepting online applications for Arts & Humanities Touring Grants from Michigan nonprofit organizations. These grants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted.


The Arts & Humanities Touring Program awards grants to help offset the cost of bringing high-quality cultural performers and artists, listed in the Touring Directory, into schools and communities for events. Michigan's Arts & Humanities Touring Directory includes 175 of the state's top presenters and performers – such as storytellers, assembly groups, re-enactors, poets, and musicians.


Applicants must have at least 100 percent cost share (match) for Touring grant awards. Grantee cost share (match) is the total dollar value of both cash and in-kind contributions of the sponsoring organization. Eligible events must occur between December 1, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015.


For guidelines and more information on the Arts & Humanities Touring Program, visit, or contact Karen Rhodes, Grants & IT Manager, at (517) 372-7770 or


The Next Great Michigan Read is Right Around the Corner

How do you find the right book for a statewide book club? By seeking input from across the entire state of Michigan. For each cycle of the Great Michigan Read, seven regional committees, representing all corners of Michigan, volunteer their time to read every book about Michigan (or close to it). Soon all that hard work will culminate in the selection of the 2015-16 Great Michigan Read. Stay tuned for further information on the next Great Michigan Read by visiting our website, following us on Twitter, and liking us on Facebook.


MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


Michigan Folksong Legacy: Grand Discoveries from the Great Depression
Through Dec. 7 in St. Ignace
Region: Upper Peninsula


Portrait Studios of Detroit's Polonia: The Face of Polish Immigration

Through Jan. 30 in Orchard Lake (with lectures throughout October)

Region: Southeast

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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