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Poetry Out Loud Champion Matthew Webb with his drama teacher, Marilyn McCormick.

Michigan Champ Wins Honorable Mention at Nationals

Congratulations to our Michigan Poetry Out Loud Champion! Matthew Webb, a senior at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, earned Honorable Mention (4th place) in the Region 2 Semifinal Round of the National Poetry Out Loud Competition on April 29. Held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Matthew was one of 18 students in the round, and 53 students overall to compete. He'll return to Detroit with a $1,000 prize and $500 award for his school toward the purchase of new poetry books. Congratulations to Matthew and Cass Technical High School!

Great Michigan Read Author Events Continue

Photo credit Dave Trumpie

Final Month of Great Michigan Read Activities

May marks the start of a celebration, with the last author tour events for the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read. This year we worked with 300 partners around the state to create an important discussion on family secrets and mental illness, main topics in this year’s title – Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg. Join the author for the final events in Metro Detroit later this month. To RSVP to the finale celebration at The Rust Belt Market, click here.

  • May 21 @ 11:30 am – Jewish Community Center (hosted by Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit), West Bloomfield, $36

  • May 21 @ 7 pm – Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, FREE

  • May 22 @ 10 am – Westland Public Library, FREE

  • May 22 @ 7 pm – The Rust Belt Market, Ferndale, FREE

MHC 40th Anniversary

Resource Development Intern Needed

Are you interested in an internship with the Michigan Humanities Council? We are looking for a Resource Development Intern to assist with prospect research, data entry and prospect engagement with a goal of involving prospects in a fundraising initiative. The internship would be held at the MHC offices in Lansing, 10-15 hours a week from May through July. To learn more and apply, click here.

Great Michigan Read Author Events Continue

View our FY 2013 Annual Report

The Michigan Humanities Council's FY 2013 Annual Report is out! If you did not receive a copy in the mail, you can now access it online here. The report provides a full recap of our previous fiscal year, with program updates, financial reporting and partner listings around the state. Thank you to our dedicated partners for supporting such wonderful cultural opportunities in Michigan!


MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


Live Music @ Royal Oak Public Library
May 3 in Royal Oak
Region: Southeast

Mental Health Then and Now
May 6 in Attica
Region: East Central

An Evening to Remember: With Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg
May 13 in Spring Lake
Region: West Central

Great Michigan Read Author Events
May 21-22 in Metro Detroit
Region: Southeast

Michigan Folksong Legacy Exhibit
Through May 28 in Houghton
Region: Upper Peninsula

Turning Point: The War of 1812 from the Native American Perspective
Through May 30 in Harbor Springs
Region: Northwest

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