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Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter
Arc of JusticeThe Michigan Humanities Council would like to thank everyone who submitted a reader’s survey from our September issue of Michigan Stories. Though the survey took only a few minutes, the input we received has been priceless in pointing us in the right direction. Comments and feedback are always welcome by emailing Incentive gift packets have been mailed. Any questions on the survey or packets can be directed to (517) 372-7770.

Great Michigan Read Program

Revs Up for Fall

Host Sites Announced for Traveling Exhibit“The books are flying off the shelf,” is the way a librarian at the Capital Area District Library, in Lansing, described the interest in this year’s Great Michigan Read selection, “The Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age.” And that was before nearly 500,000 special newspaper inserts hit the newstands around the state this week.

While Great Michigan Read special programming for "Arc of Justice" continues through June 2012, much of the buzz right now is with the upcoming six-city author tour that takes place during the last week of October, along with a traveling exhibit that will visit nine communities starting Oct. 4 in Flint.
Great Michigan Read Program Revs Up for Fall


Meet our New Staff

Robin Soergel The Council would like to formally welcome two new staff members to the family. Robin Soergel, Education Programs and Outreach Officer; and Kelly Stec, student intern.

As Education Programs and Outreach Officer, Robin Soergel is responsible for growing Michigan’s Prime Time Family Reading Time® program and building stronger partnerships with preK-12 schools and community colleges throughout the state.

GMR Partner Feature: Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center


Humanities Pic of the Month

Humanities Pic of the Month: ArtPrize

September marked the exciting return of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Part arts festival, part social experiment, the winners of this open-art competition are decided solely by public voting.

Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate, held a reading at Alpena High School in 2009 for that year’s “Authors in the Fall” series. Here, he takes the time to visit with program attendees.

Alpena Draws High-Caliber Authors to Fall Event

It’s been a year in the making, but the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library is ready once again to host “Authors in the Fall,” this year welcoming a children’s author, avid outdoorsman, Pulitzer Prize winner and naturalist. This event, which received a Michigan Humanities Council major grant, will draw big-name authors to the city of Alpena with the goal of connecting residents of rural, northeast Michigan to authors whose books explore who we are as Americans, Michiganians and residents of a Great Lake state.
Alpena Draws High-Caliber Authors through Fall Event

Arts & Humanities Touring Program Announces Call for Performers

Arts & Humanities Touring Program Announces
Call for Performers

Possibly one of the most-loved programs in the state by teachers, local festivals and event planners, the Michigan Arts & Humanities Touring Program not only brings outstanding live performances to local communities of all sizes each year, but it is also an excellent way for our top talent to promote themselves and develop an ongoing revenue stream.
Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants

Arts & Humanities Touring Program Announces Call for Performers

Council Seeks High Schools for Poetry Out Loud
National Recitation Contest

Attention high school teachers and students: Join the thousands of Michigan high school students competing for scholarships and prizes totaling $50,000 in the Poetry Out Loud national poetry recitation contest.

Arts & Eats

Rural Tour to Showcase Local Art, Eateries and Farms

Stretching from Caledonia to Gull Lake and Vermontville to Allegan, Michiganians will have more to take in while driving the rural roads this October than just the colors. Described as a "back-roads tour of art, food and farms," Arts & Eats is a truly unique Michigan tour, showcasing local artists, eateries using locally grown food, and farm tours. This two-day tour will take over Barry County and surrounding counties on Oct. 15-16.



On Oct. 13, Council Board Member John Berry will showcase his design experience through a lecture at the Midland Center for the Arts. "More Stories on Good Design" will include discussion from Berry on the role of design in today's economy, his experience working with Herman Miller, and how creative culture was key to the company's great success. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Garden room. Tickets are $8 general admission or $5 for museum members and can be purchased online here.

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