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Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter

2012 Key Dates

From the Michigan Humanities Council

Council Board of Directors meeting
February 23 in Lansing

Major Grants
Spring deadlines: draft Feb. 27; final March 15
Fall deadlines: draft Aug. 24; final Sept. 15

Poetry Out Loud
State Championships, March 9 & 10
National Championship, May 14-15, Washington, D.C.

Arts & Humanities Touring Program
Adjudication process will begin in mid-March.
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance/denial status in May

Way We Worked
Traveling exhibit begins its tour Sept. 14 in Rogers City

Federation of State Humanities Councils 2012 Humanities on the Hill
March 6-8,
Washington D.C.

Michigan Youth Arts Festival, May 10-12,

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Michigan's Magic Capitol of the World
Gets a Boost

The American Museum of Magic, located in historic downtown Marshall, features thousands of playbills, posters and artifacts on magic.Tucked quietly in southwest Michigan, behind farm fields and dirt roads, lies home to an accolade many Michiganians don’t know our mitten holds.

A sign greets you proudly as you drive into Colon, Mich., announcing its status as “Magic Capitol of the World.”
Poetry Out Loud

Abracadabra: How Michigan Became a
Magic Haven

Although Houdini's name has become synonymous with the word "magic," many may recall the legacy of Harry Blackstone Sr. Often billed as "The Great Blackstone," he was a stage magician and illusionist known for such acts as the vanishing bird cage and floating light bulb.
Poetry Out Loud

Michigan Humanities Council

Humanities Council Elects Four At-Large Members to Board

The Michigan Humanities Council has elected four new at-large members to the Board of Directors. The Honorable Leo Bowman (Bloomfield Hills), Thomas M. Garikes (Chesaning), Gloria White Gardner (Norton Shores), and Susan Higman Larsen (Grosse Pointe Park), began their three-year terms Jan. 1.
Letters to Dr. Sweet: A Middle School Takes on ARC of JUSTICE

Letters to Dr. Sweet: Middle School Takes on 'Arc of Justice'

As we start the new year, attention continues to grow for the 2011-12 Great Michigan Read. More than 280 organizations have become registered partners, stretching from Calumet in the Upper Peninsula, to Morenci in the southwest corner.
Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants
We Don't Want Them Marquette Exhibit

Traveling Great Michigan Read Exhibit Moves to U.P.

We Don’t Want Them, a traveling exhibit showcasing the history of housing segregation in Detroit, will be on display Jan. 6-25 at Peter White Public Library in Marquette.
Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants
The Michigan Humanities Council has received a grant of $85,000 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). Sixty-five thousand dollars of the grant will go toward the Arts & Humanities Touring program administration and adjudication costs, and well as grants. The remainder of the grant, $20,000, will help fund administrative and program costs for Poetry Out Loud.
Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants

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