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  Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs  

This month we highlight the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, which works with us on numerous programs and always provides a helping hand.


“The partnership between MHC and the MCACA may well be unique in the nation, which has always been curious to me. It is such a natural thing for our two councils to work together in fulfillment of our missions, but our partnership goes much further. Without our partnership, MCACA could not effectively implement our Touring Arts program, Poetry Out Loud or have entry into the traditional arts supported by MHC.


"Without MCACA, the Humanities may be pigeon-holed into that academic stereotype that plagues so many other humanities councils across the nation, instead of being afforded the opportunity of stretching themselves and serving a much wider audience with the incredible services they provide.”

-John Bracey, director, MCACA




It is a large misconception that MHC is a state agency and receives state funding. However, that's not the case and we rely heavily on your support to keep the humanities alive in Michigan. Please consider making a donation today.



Smithsonian Exhibit Explores Work in Dowagiac

Smithsonian Exhibit Explores Work in DowagiacAfter a six-week stay in Rogers City, the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition The Way We Worked is making its way 332 miles southwest to Dowagiac. The exhibit will change its local focus from limestone to manufacturing, as Dowagiac was home to a number of industrial companies such as Round Oak, Rudy, Premier and Dowagiac Steel Furnace.

The exhibit will be on display at Southwestern Michigan College's Dale A. Lyons Building from Nov. 6 – Dec. 14, and open with free admission Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


UMS Night School Honors Century of
Storied Venue

Smithsonian Exhibit Explores Work in DowagiacNow in its 134th season, University Musical Society is finding an exciting way to celebrate one of its most-storied venues in the United States: Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. Designed by Albert Kahn and world-renowned for its acoustics, Hill has been an anchor venue since 1913. In the 100th year anniversary of this famous auditorium, UMS is honoring a century’s worth of legendary performing arts experiences with UMS Night School, a series of free community classes at the Ann Arbor District Library, made possible in part by a Michigan Humanities Council major grant award.

Touring Directory Launches for 2012-15

Are you interested in being a prime time scholar or storyteller

Are you Interested in Being a Prime Time Scholar or Storyteller?

As we prepare for a new year, the Michigan Humanities Council is looking for individuals interested in becoming trained scholars and storytellers for participation in the Prime Time Family Reading Time® program...

Register Now for 2012-13

GMR Update

Setting Gears for the next
Great Michigan Read

It may seem that the 2011-12 Great Michigan Read just ended, but the Michigan Humanities Council is already gearing up for its next statewide reading and discussion program. Seven regional selection committees are hard at work reading, discussing, and debating what the next Great Michigan Read title should be...

GVSU Gears Up for Annual Fall Arts Celebration

GMR Update

Michigan Tech Debuts New Exhibit

For the next seven months, an exhibit touring the Upper Peninsula will provide visitors a look at the tragedy surrounding the 1913-14 Copper Strike. “Tumult and Tragedy: Michigan’s 1913-14 Copper Strike,” created by the Michigan Tech Archives, premieres Nov. 1 in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library.

Application Call: 2013 Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit



  • The National Endowment for the Arts has released its funding guidelines for “Our Town,” the agency’s ...
  • From The Book Nook & Java Shop in Montague – participate in the Pooh Pooh Party and Poetry...!
  • The American Library Association Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the ALA...
  • Kudos to the Traverse City National Writers Series, which was highlighted on Michigan Radio for its...



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