November 2014
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What do the humanities mean to you? There are a multitude of definitions and experiences, both from a public and an academic standpoint. The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC), through its programs and grants, make the humanities accessible, thereby increasing our understanding of one another. Visit our website, Twitter and Facebook pages to tell us about your humanities experiences.


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Help MHC win a Facebook Fan Challenge

Dozens of state humanities councils across the nation are competing for the most likes on Facebook. Can you help us move up the leaderboard? Michigan is currently in 12th place behind Utah, Rhode Island and Washington, DC. To make Michigan #1, visit and like our Facebook page, and invite your friends and colleagues to like us. The challenge goes until January—we will keep you updated on our progress!

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MHC Awarded MCACA Services to the Field Grant

The Michigan Humanities Council received two grants totaling $140,000 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). These grants support two statewide programs produced in partnership between the two organizations: the Arts & Humanities Touring Program and Poetry Out Loud. Touring program grants help nonprofits bring quality performers, musicians, storytellers and humanities presenters to Michigan communities. Poetry Out Loud, a national high school poetry recitation competition, reaches approximately 20,000 students annually.

40th Anniversary Celebration

40th Anniversary Celebration

MHC celebrated its 40th Anniversary on October 16 in Grand Rapids. Current and former board members joined partners, supporters and staff for conversation and cake at a reunion on Grand Valley State University's Pew Campus. Board Chair Pat Waring and Former Executive Directors Erik Nordberg and Jan Fedewa shared the many past successes of the council and their hopes for the future. Dr. Neil Shepard of Davenport University also talked about his positive experiences with the Council's quick grants program and Great Michigan Read. Our celebration continues through the end of 2014—please watch our Facebook page for our monthly giveaways.


The Way We Worked in Big Rapids

The Smithsonian comes to Big Rapids, MI!

Artworks in Big Rapids is the first Michigan site to host the 2014-2015 traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition, The Way We Worked. Artworks is one of five Michigan sites to host the exhibition, coordinated by the Michigan Humanities Council. It will be on public display from October 4-November 20, 2014 at Artworks: Big Rapids Arts and Humanities, 106 North Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids. Admission is free. The exhibit will travel to the Oxford Public Library in Oxford opening December 6, 2014. Visit the exhibit page here for more information.


Touring Grants to Open in November

The Arts & Humanities Touring Grants, which help offset the cost of bringing quality performers, storytellers and more into your community, will open this month. These grants cover up to 40 percent of a performer's fees and travel; grantees are responsible for the remainder. To learn more information about these grants, visit the Touring Grants page here. Money is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and may run out quickly. Apply early to ensure funding for your event. All events must occur between Dec. 1, 2014 and August 30, 2015. A grant opening date will be announced on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages in the coming weeks.


Deadlines at a Glance

November 14, 2014 - Poetry Out Loud school applications due
November 21, 2014 - Prime Time applications due
December 1, 2014 - Heritage Grant draft proposals accepted
March 16, 2015 - Heritage Grant application deadline
July 8, 2015 - Humanities Grant draft proposals accepted
September 3, 2015 - Humanities Grant application deadline

Grant and Program Deadlines Calendar

MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


Celebrate Veteran's Day with the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame
November 8 in Lansing
Region: Southeast


Michigan Folksong Legacy: Grand Discoveries from the Great Depression
Through Dec. 7 in St. Ignace
Region: Upper Peninsula


Portrait Studios of Detroit's Polonia: The Face of Polish Immigration

Through Jan. 30 in Orchard Lake (with lectures throughout October)

Region: Southeast

Descrechaska: Here is Everything
Permanent display in Wyandotte
Region: Southeast

From Forest to Fruit Belt
Permanent display in Coloma
Region: Southwest

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