Michigan Stories

Welcome to the new Michigan Stories!

In an effort to meet your needs, we have condensed our online newsletter to feature short programming updates with an occasional feature story. In addition to this e-blast, we will also distribute a tri-annual (three times a year) printed newsletter with longer feature stories on our programming and humanities around Michigan. If you wish to change your current subscription preferences, please follow this link or send them to Kate Bartig at kbartig@mihumanities.org.

Poetry Out Loud
Photo by Dave Trumpie

Poetry from the Heart

On Feb. 22-23, more than 250 gathered in East Lansing to see Michigan's Poetry Out Loud competition. After three rounds, it was Richard Wu of Forest Hills Central High School taking home the trophy and ultimate title of Michigan Poetry Out Loud Champion. Wu will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national Poetry Out Loud recitation competition beginning April 29. Live coverage will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Be sure to tune in!

Major Grants Deadline Approaching
Photo credit: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Major Grants Deadline Approaching

Reminder: the deadline for major grant final applications is March 11! All Michigan nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for up to $15,000 toward their humanities project. These grants are competitive and applications must be submitted online (no paper applications will be accepted). If you have submitted a draft application, please be patient as we return feedback. With direct questions on the major grants, please contact Robbe DiPietro at (517) 372-7770 or rdipietro@mihumanities.org.

Great Michigan Read Title Announced
Photo credit: Elizabeth Conley

Great Michigan Read Title Announced

On Feb. 12, we announced this year’s Great Michigan Read title as Annie’s Ghosts, by Detroit native and Washington Post Associate Editor Steve Luxenberg. Take a journey exploring topics of mental illness, immigration, genealogy, family secrets and more in this year’s Great Michigan Read. Pre-registration is now open, and official registration will open in May. This program is open to all Michigan nonprofit and for-profit organizations and businesses.

Register for Prime Time Family Reading Time
Photo credit:Alpena County Library

Register for Prime Time Family
Reading Time®

Are you looking for a fun, family discussion program at your library? Consider getting involved with Michigan’s Prime Time Family Reading Time® program! We are now accepting new library applications – due April 1! If interested, please contact Carla Ingrando at (517) 372-7770 or cingrando@mihumanities.org

How We Work in Escanaba

The traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition The Way We Worked is now on display in Escanaba! Coordinated locally by the Escanaba Public Library, be sure to visit Bay College’s Besse Center to explore the history of work in America, as well as the industries and workers of Escanaba! This exhibit is family-friendly and is free admission.

Mark Calendars for Annual Jazz Festival
Photo credit Thornapple Arts Council

Mark Calendars for Annual Jazz Festival

Save the date for the 10th Annual Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival – April 11-13 in downtown Hastings! This three-day festival will feature free daytime performances from middle and high school jazz bands and choirs from all over Michigan. Everything will kick off Friday, April 11 with a performance by The Four Freshmen – a group that’s unique blend of vocal ability and instrumental prowess has kept them on top since their formation in 1948! For more information, visit www.thornapplearts.org.


MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


The Way We Worked
Now through March 28 in Escanaba
Region: U.P.

Tumult and Tragedy Exhibit
March 4-27 in L’Anse
Region: U.P.

UMS Night School
March 18 in Ann Arbor
Region: Southeast


Pathways to Freedom in the Americas
Now through March 31 in Detroit
Region: Southeast

Making Sense of the American Civil War
March 9 and 20 in Orion Township
March 13 in Cedarville
March 26 in Pickford
Regions: Southeast and U.P.

Put it on Paper Exhibit
Now through August 2013 in Lansing
Region: Southeast

Michigan Humanities Council

2013, Michigan Humanities Council
119 Pere Marquette 3B
Lansing, MI 48912

Donate Twitter