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MHC Employment Opportunities

The Council currently has two position openings. To learn more, click on the position titles.

Humanities Program Officer
Deadline March 15 or until position filled.

Pre K-12 Education Program Officer
Deadline March 26 or until position filled.


Save the Date
The Thornapple Arts Council of Barry County is gearing up for the 8th Annual Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival, April 15-16 in downtown Hastings. A concert will kick-start the event on April 14. For more information, visit or check back next month for more details.


National Reading Month
March is National Reading Month, so head on out to your local library or bookstore, or cozy up with your Kindle. Fall in love with a new book? Tell us what you’re reading on our Facebook page!






        Meet the Need
Please support the Council and help us Meet the Need by making a generous tax-deductible donation today.

1934: Economic Struggle and Artistic Force

1934: An Economic Struggle and Artistic ForceDiscussion of the 1930s often paints a bleak picture of Great Depression turmoil. Families suffered and unemployment rates continued to rise. However, the 1930s also brought about innovation in the arts and humanities; New Deal programs put Americans back to work, and WPA efforts added color and excitement in communities.
Poetry Out Loud

Poetic Passion: Don't Miss 2012 Michigan Poetry Out Loud ChampionshipPoetic Passion

On March 9 and 10, high school students from across Michigan will gather at Saginaw Valley State University for their chance to be crowned the Michigan Poetry Out Loud Champion.

Poetry Out Loud is a national program, hosted in Michigan by the Michigan Humanities Council and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), and is a captivating display of poetry recitation at its finest. This event is free and open to the public, so don’t miss your chance to see a new level of poetic passion.

Poetry Out Loud

Shipwreck by Wild Swan Theatre

Shipwrecked! Play Teaches Michigan Maritime History

There’s much to love about our Great Lakes and miles of Michigan shoreline. Yet beneath the beauty, at Thunder Bay, lay rest an unknown number of ships that were caught in the ill-fated “Shipwreck Alley.”

Picturing America

Register Now: Picturing America Conference

The Lansing School District and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are pleased to invite Lansing-area teachers to apply for participation in an NEH Picturing America Conference entitled “Mid-Michigan’s Legacy as the Arsenal of Democracy.”


Karen Rhodes

Operations Officer Joins MHC Staff

The Michigan Humanities Council is proud to announce a new member of the family. Karen Rhodes has joined the Council as the Operations Officer. She will coordinate everyday office activities and data entry, and support program administration.



The Midland Daily News ran a short online story on Grace A. Dow Memorial Library’s events surrounding their Great Michigan Read partnership. “Talking about race in America, especially for White America, often results in an uncomfortable conversation. As a result, many of us don’t spend much time doing it. And as a result of not thinking or talking openly about racial issues, often we seem locked in a social system that continues to produce some very negative consequences,” the article said.
Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants


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