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Michigan Stories
Mercantile Bank

Thank You for Your Support!

In September, we competed for the chance to win a $5,000 grant from Mercantile Bank of Michigan through public Facebook voting. At the end of the voting period, we are happy to say that we finished in second place with 754 votes. Although we didn't win the $5,000 grant, we are amazed at the outpouring of support – through votes and personal comments left in support of the Michigan Humanities Council. Thank you to everyone who cast their vote and continues to support humanities in Michigan.

Raion Taiko
Photo courtesy Raion Taiko

Arts & Humanities Touring Grants Open

All Michigan nonprofits are invited to apply for Arts & Humanities Touring Grants, offered by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and Michigan Humanities Council. The grants help offset costs of bringing performers, artists, exhibitors and presenters from the Arts & Humanities Touring Directory into a community. Click here for more information on the Touring grants.

Poetry Out Loud
Credit Dave Trumpie

Last Month to Register for Poetry out Loud

Michigan high schools interested in Poetry Out Loud must submit their registrations by Nov. 15 for this year's program. All schools, including home schools, are invited to participate in this national poetry recitation program that promotes confidence and public speaking for high school students. Teachers receive free materials and students participating in the state competition receive free travel. The state champion will receive a $200 cash award, $500 stipend for their school, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national competition. For more details and to register your school/classroom today, visit the Poetry Out Loud page.

GMR Kickoff Crowd

First Statewide Discussion Events a Success

On Sept. 24, the Great Michigan Read officially launched with three exciting events featuring Annie's Ghosts author Steve Luxenberg. The main event was the kickoff at the Michigan Historical Center in downtown Lansing. Moderated by author Mardi Jo Link, more than 200 people listened to Luxenberg discuss his writing and research process, the state of mental health care and the topic of family secrets. There is still time to join this statewide book club – register your organization today, or visit one of our many author tour stops featuring Luxenberg. The next events will be Nov. 13 in Boyne City, and Nov. 14 in Sault Ste. Marie.

Smithsonian Exhibit Continue Statewide Tour

Smithsonian Exhibit Visits Southeast Michigan

Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit making its way throughout Michigan is now open in Dundee at the Old Mill Museum. This family friendly exhibit explores the individual stories of travel and movement, and the museum will have a local exhibition and numerous events to share travel history specific to Dundee. You can see the exhibit Fridays through Mondays, noon to 4 p.m.; or Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5-8 p.m. For more information and event details, visit the Dundee exhibit page here.


MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


Opening Young Minds to the
Culture of Language

Oct. 21-24 in six U.P. cities
Region: Upper Peninsula


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

Now through May 2014 in Harbor Springs
Region: Northwest

Fall In: Art and Sol
Throughout October in the Bay Region
Region: East Central


Muslim Journeys Book Discussion
Oct. 23 and 30 in Saginaw
Region: East Central

Oct. 1, 5, 8 in Detroit
Region: Southeast

America's Mental Health Madness
with Pete Earley
Oct. 9 in East Lansing
Region: Southeast

Creating a Family History Album
Oct. 16 in Hillsdale

Region: Southeast


Skype Discussion with Steve Luxenberg
Oct. 19 in Detroit
Region: Southeast


Memories of Eloise
Oct. 22 in Plymouth
Region: Southeast

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


Michigan Humanities Council

2013, Michigan Humanities Council
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Lansing, MI 48912

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