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JUNE 2011
Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter
Applications Open in Sept. for Touring Program Grants and Directory

touring“The presenter had the children playing Native American instruments, participating in storytelling, chanting, and literally dancing in the aisles,” said Martha Fisher, a teacher at St. Mary School in Mt. Clemens, on a performance by Guy Louis and his Chautauqua Express. “The excitement and interest in Native American culture resounded in the hallways for days after the presentation.”

Guy Louis’ program is just one of many popular dance, musical, theater and art selections presented by the Michigan Humanities Council’s Arts & Humanities Touring Program.

This fall, the Council’s Touring Program will be rolling out new dates for grants and Touring Directory applications. Stay ahead by marking these dates on your calendar now.

Beginning Sept. 1, Michigan nonprofits may begin applying for grant opportunities through the Touring Program for any event scheduled between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2012. These grants are given on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted.

Nonprofit organizations may request up to 40 percent of a performer, presenter or exhibitor’s fee and travel expense, but may not exceed $3,000. The organization may not submit more than four grant applications or request more than $4,000 in a fiscal year (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30).

Grant applications must be postmarked four weeks prior to the start of the event. For more information, including application forms, please visit our grants page.

In mid-September, the Council will announce its call for Touring Directory applications.

The Touring Directory is an online database featuring performing and visual artists, and humanities presenters. The directory is a joint project of the Michigan Humanities Council and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Nonprofit organizations can connect with performers and presenters through this database for grant activities.

The directory listing includes program descriptions, fees, media samples and contact information. Some fees may be negotiable.

Directory application postmark deadlines have not yet been set. Check the Council website for updates.

Tips for Directory Applicants
Phyllis Rathbun, Touring Program administrator, has some helpful hints in applying for the Touring Directory.

“It’s really important to have a good quality DVD and 10-minute performance that everyone can hear,” she said, regarding a media sample. It should also be a performance that can elicit audience response and interaction.

Rathbun also advised applicants to be careful in completing the entire application, most importantly the references page. During the adjudication process in January, a selection committee checks references to determine past evaluation results. If reference phone numbers and emails are out of date, the committee may not have the evaluative materials necessary to make a decision.

A listing in Michigan’s Arts & Humanities Touring Directory is not an endorsement by the Michigan Humanities Council or the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, nor are the Councils responsible for program content and/or incorrect information.

For more information, call 517-372-7770, email, or visit


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