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Michigan Presenters Conference

From June 12-13, Michigan Presenters will host their Annual Conference in Traverse City. From 2-7 p.m. on June 12, artists from the Arts & Humanities Touring Directory will be showcased. The directory is presented by the MHC and Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit their conference homepage.


Coming Up

The Michigan Humanities Council is proud to announce its involvement in Making Sense of the American Civil War, a scholar-led reading and discussion program about a critical period in our nation’s history. Library participation will provide the opportunity for Michigan enthusiasts to take part in the sesquicentennial remembrance of the Civil War and thoughtfully analyze historical literature.  Please watch for important details in late summer/early fall!


Save the Date!

The 2013 National Poetry Out Loud Competition will be held April 29-30 in Washington, D.C. Details will be announced later this summer on how your school can get involved.



Great Michigan Read Final EventTickets on Sale Now for Great Michigan Read Finale Event

Join the Michigan Humanities Council in celebrating our most successful Great Michigan Read yet with a finale event on June 25 in Traverse City. The Great Michigan Read is a statewide reading program partnering with 300 schools, libraries, churches, book clubs, museums and more to create community discussion around a single book.

UP Book TourTour Brings Authors Back to U.P. for Literary Discussion

Ron Riekki is excited. The Upper Peninsula-born author’s enthusiasm jumps out of the phone as we discuss an upcoming event in which he’s serving as the project director. The U.P. Book Tour, now in its third year, will kick off on June 19 in Marquette and bring nearly 50 authors on a tour of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Poetry Out Loud

MHC awards $350,850 in grants to 30 Michigan non-profits

MHC Awards $350,850 in Grants to 30 Michigan Nonprofits

On May 16, the Michigan Humanities Council had the pleasure to announce that for its spring grant cycle, 30 Michigan nonprofits would be the recipients of nearly $360,000 in major grant funds. The MHC received an astounding 51 applications – 31 more than the previous grant cycle – for review.

Major Grant Award

Year's Great Michigan Read Coming to Close

Two Members Join MHC Board

The Michigan Humanities Council has welcomed Tina S. Van Dam, Midland, and Walter Koziol, Highland, to its Board of Directors. They were appointed to the board by Governor Synder on May 1 and attended their first board meeting on May 10 in Grand Rapids. Van Dam and Koziol will each serve a three-year term and are two of six gubernatorial appointees.


Year's Great Michigan Read Coming to Close

Alba High Teen Competes in National Poetry Out Loud Competition

On May 14, Alba High School sophomore Randi Laundré commanded the stage of the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C., where she represented Michigan in the national Poetry Out Loud recitation competition.




Welcome aboard! Two new staff members have joined the Michigan Humanities Council as program officers. Carla M. Ingrando, from Oregon, and Judith Moses Dworkin, from Okemos, will start on June 5.


In January, the Michigan Humanities Council teamed up with the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University to put poetry in public transportation.

Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants


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