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Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter

Call to High School Teachers:

Register for Poetry Out Loud

Michigan high schools take note: the deadline to register for the 2011-12 Poetry Out Loud program is Nov. 18. No fees are required, all materials are provided, and any travel expenses are covered by the sponsoring councils.

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council partner at the state level to make this program available to high schools. By encouraging youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about literary heritage. Since 2005, more than 15,000 students from at least 50 Michigan high schools have participated in Poetry Out Loud.
Poetry Out Loud


Amanda West joined staff as our Development DirectorMeet Amanda

The Michigan Humanities Council welcomes Amanda West as our new development director. Amanda hit the ground running her first two weeks at the Council, jumping in to help out with the Great Michigan Read Author's Tour.
GMR Partner Feature: Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center


Humanities Pic of the Month

Throughout the summer, The Polish Mission in Orchard Lake has hosted its Grandparents Project. This Michigan Humanities Council grant-funded event connected grandparents and grandchildren of German, Jewish and Polish heritage through ancestry workshops.

Over the summer, The Polish Mission in Orchard Lake made a splash while hosting its Grandparents Project. Funded through a Michigan Humanities Council major grant, this event was a big draw in connecting grandparents and grandchildren of German, Jewish and Polish heritage through ancestry workshops.

Great Michigan Read Author Tour

Catch a Glimpse of the Great Michigan Read

From Oct. 22-27, the Michigan Humanities Council hosted a six-city author tour with its Great Michigan Read author, Kevin Boyle. The author events were a hit, bringing more than 1,000 Michiganians to hear Boyle discuss his book, "Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age." Next month we will feature a more-comprehensive overview of how the Great Michigan Read is engaging more than 270 communities. Meanwhile, check out a few of our favorite pictures from this year's tour.

Performer application available now 2012-15 arts & humanities touring directory

Apply Now for 2012-15 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory

If you are an artist, performer, re-enactor, writer or historian who relishes a live audience, now is the time to prepare and submit your application for inclusion into the 2012-15 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory.
Performer Application Available Now 2012-15 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory

Council Approves Major Grant projects throughout Michigan

Council Announces 14 Major Grant Awards

After a thorough review process, the Michigan Humanities Council is proud to announce that 14 organizations have been awarded major grants under the Fall 2011 granting period. Totaling $193,167 in grant award dollars, these 14 grantees will leverage an additional $469,937 through cost share. With projects ranging from art exhibits, documentaries and book tours, this next year will bring a new level of community engagement to Michigan.
Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants

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