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Poetry Out Loud Deadline Approaching

Poetry Out Loud Deadline Approaching

Are you looking for a new way to engage your high school students in poetry curriculum? Consider joining Michigan's Poetry Out Loud program, a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. This program introduces poetry into class curriculum while using poetry recitation to build speaking skills and self confidence. All teachers receive free classroom materials and guidance, and the school representative receives free travel to compete in the state Poetry Out Loud Championship. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. For more information, application and benefits, visit the Poetry Out Loud webpage.

Annie's Ghosts Discussions Continue in Northern Michigan
Photo credit Dave Trumpie

Annie's Ghosts Discussions Continue in Northern Michigan

Author Steve Luxenberg will continue his statewide tour as part of the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read with free discussion events in Boyne City and Sault Ste. Marie. On Nov. 13, Luxenberg will visit the Boyne City Performing Arts Center for a 6:30 p.m. event in conjunction with the Boyne District Library and Boyne Reads 2013. The following evening, Luxenberg will be in the Upper Peninsula visiting Sault Ste. Marie's Bayliss Public Library. This event begins at 7 p.m. Both events are free and are part of a statewide author tour, which continues through May. To see the remaining author tour dates, or list of partner events, click here.

Smithsonian Exhibit Travels from Southeast to Upper Peninsula

Smithsonian Exhibit Travels from Southeast to Upper Peninsula

Journey Stories, a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition making its way through Michigan, is now on display in the southeastern city of Dundee. Open at the Old Mill Museum, the exhibit explores the stories of how we and our ancestors came to America, and the continued history of travel and movement that helped shape a nation. The exhibit will be open in Dundee through Nov. 15; after that it will move to the Upper Peninsula, where it will open Nov. 25 at the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis. You can find more information on this exhibit by clicking here.

Saginaw Library Continues Muslim Journeys Discussion

Saginaw Library Continues Muslim Journeys Discussion

The Public Libraries of Saginaw – Hoyt Branch will hold three more public book discussions in November as part of its Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys programming. The library is one of two locations in Michigan to host this programming, which is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association initiative designed to foster community conversations about the histories, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States. The Hoyt library began programming in October, and will hold book discussions on Nov. 6 (Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie), Nov. 13 (Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi), and Nov. 20 (Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi). All discussions begin at 7 p.m.

Arts & Humanities Touring Grants Available

Arts & Humanities Touring Grants Available

Michigan nonprofits still have time to request Arts & Humanities Touring Grants to help offset the cost of bringing quality performers, re-enactors and scholars into their communities. The grants, which opened in September, are available on first-come, first-serve basis and must be used with those performers listed in the Arts & Humanities Touring Directory. This program is presented in collaboration with the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs. If there are any questions, please call us 517.372.7770.

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MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)

 

Smithsonian: Journey Stories Exhibit
Now through Nov. 15 in Dundee

Region: Southeast

 

Lee Murdock: Forgotten Folk Songs from
“Michigan-I-O”

Nov. 1 in Traverse City
Region: Upper Peninsula

 

The Haven – One More Michigan Asylum
Nov. 6 in Hartland

Region: Southeast

 

Muslim Journeys Book Discussion
Nov. 6, 13 and 20 in Saginaw

Region: East Central

 

Promises of Freedom Exhibit
Through Nov. 7 in Muskegon

Region: West Central

 

Great Michigan Read Author Tour

Nov. 13 in Boyne City

Region: Northwest

Nov. 14 in Sault Ste. Marie
Region: Upper Peninsula

Michigan Stories at Your Library
Nov. 19 in Coopersville

Region: West Central

 

R.E.A.D. Book Discussion
Nov. 19 in Dearborn

Region: Southeast

 

Performance: I Can Hear the Sun
Nov. 21 in Ann Arbor

Region: Southeast

 

Turning Point: The War of 1812 from the
Native American Perspective

Now through May 2014 in Harbor Springs
Region: Northwest

 

Smithsonian: Journey Stories Exhibit
Nov. 25-Jan. 24, 2013 in Curtis
Region: Upper Peninsula

 

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