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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.



2012-13 Poetry Out Loud

Teachers get ready! The Council is gearing up for the 2012-13 Poetry Out Loud program and plans to launch registration early this fall. Tentative plans have been made to host the state finals Feb. 22-23 in East Lansing. Keep an eye out for more information and help spread the word about this amazing program!



Great Michigan Read an Overwhelming Success

Great Michigan Read Wraps Up for 2011-12It truly speaks to the depth of a program when more than 150 people gather for a literary discussion on a beautiful Monday evening in Traverse City. And from that evening’s conversation, and from those held statewide for the past year, we know that the Great Michigan Read has made an impact.

‘We Were the Front Line’: Museum Commemorates War of 1812 Bicentennial

Michigan Maritime MuseumCan you tell me about the War of 1812? Although the name might ring a bell, many Michiganians are unable to clearly explain who was involved, where the war took place, and even how its resulting treaty is still relevant today. Through a new exhibit at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven, and a Sunday lecture series sponsored in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, there's a goal that more Michiganians can share the War of 1812 history.

Poetry Out Loud

Catching Up: Fishtown a Year Later

Catching Up: Fishtown a Year Later

You last saw Amanda Holmes in our August 2011 issue of Michigan Stories – fresh from accepting a Michigan Humanities Council major grant award. The grant project, “Telling Stories – Site Interpretation of Fishtown,” incorporates a number of projects with the purpose of educating the public on the history of Fishtown and the importance in keeping it preserved for future generations.

Major Grant Award



On June 11, the Council welcomed Regina Schreck to the staff. Gina is responsible for managing the Arts & Humanities Touring Grants program and future program development and expansion of the Touring Directory.

Congratulations to Ara Topouzian! The Arts & Humanities Touring Directory member was recently announced as a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow for Performing Artists. The fellowships are awarded to emerging and established artists with the intent to fund their creative vision and voice.

Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants


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