October 2014
Michigan Stories Donate

Is there a historical marker on your main street? Do you have a heritage festival celebrating your town's history? Do you participate in a neighborhood or library book club? Each of these activities help connect you to your community's history and the people around you. While the Michigan Humanities Council is a statewide organization, we partner with organizations in your community through programs to make an impact. Visit our website to learn more about all the opportunities we provide at the local level.

MHC COMING TO A COMMUNITY NEAR YOU

Next Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit Kicks Off

Next Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit Kicks Off

The Smithsonian is back in rural Michigan! The Michigan Humanities Council with the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street program has kicked off another year of traveling exhibits with The Way We Worked in Big Rapids. The family friendly exhibit explores the history of America's workforce over the past 150 years. It is on display at Artworks: Big Rapids from Oct. 4 – Nov. 30. It will continue traveling around the state to Oxford, Hudson, Ironwood and Plainwell. Visit the exhibit page here for more information.

GRANT AND PROGRAM DEADLINES

Touring Grants to Open in November

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 next month. These grants cover up to 40% 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. All events must occur between Dec. 1, 2014 and August 2015.

Schools: Register Today for Poetry Out Loud

Schools: Register Today for Poetry Out Loud

Teachers – are you ready to challenge your students to step outside their comfort zone while exploring literary history? Register today for the free Poetry Out Loud program. This is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students and all supportive materials are provided to you at no cost. Students compete in poetry recitation competitions at the classroom, school and state level with an opportunity to represent Michigan at the national competition in Washington, D.C. To learn more about this free program – including the cash prizes for students and schools, visit the Poetry Out Loud page here.

Deadline Dates set for Heritage, Humanities Grants

Deadline Dates set for Heritage, Humanities Grants

Draft and application dates have been set for the new Heritage Grants – made possible by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the updated Humanities Grants – formerly known as Major Grants. Those dates are as follows:

 

Heritage Grants – for projects that explore the history of all Michigan's people. Awards up to $25,000. Eligible applicants must have 501(c)(3) status. Projects involving major collaboration and partnerships among organizations may be eligible for increased funding. Projects may cover a period of one year starting June 2015.

  • Draft proposal period (submitting a draft for feedback is optional for both grant programs): Dec. 1, 2014 through Jan. 30, 2015
  • Final application deadline: March 16, 2015
  • Award notification: June 2015

Humanities Grants – for projects that support public humanities programming. Awards up to $15,000. Eligible applicants must have current nonprofit status. Projects may cover a period of one year starting November 2015.

  • Draft proposal period: July 8 – Aug. 14, 2015
  • Final application deadline: Sept. 3, 2015
  • Award notification: November 2015

Libraries Invited to Apply for Prime Time

Libraries Invited to Apply for Prime Time

Is your library looking for a new program this spring? We are now accepting applications to host Prime Time Family Reading Time®, a six-week reading and discussion series for families with young children. The program features award-winning children's literature to stimulate discussion about humanities themes and issues encountered in everyday life. Each session is 90 minutes and includes the reading of up to three books by a trained storyteller, and discussion led by a trained moderator. Interested libraries should submit an application by Nov. 21. To learn more, visit the Prime Time page here.

MHC TRANSITIONS

Transition Announced in Executive Director Role

The Michigan Humanities Council has initiated a search for a new executive director. Its current director, Erik Nordberg, has accepted a new position as director of the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit. His last day in the office will be Oct. 17. Janice Fedewa will begin service as an interim executive director on Oct. 20 and continue until a permanent hire is made. Fedewa previously worked for MHC for 13 years, eight as the executive director, before retiring in 2012.

 

Position Opening: Communications Manager

Do you love to write and edit, enjoy cultural events and love working with great people? MHC is now accepting applications for a full-time Communications Manager. Kate Bartig, the current communications manager, has accepted another position and will leave MHC on Oct. 3. This person would coordinate production of all MHC publications, promote programs to the media, and manage social media accounts, among many other roles. To learn more about this position and how to apply, please click here.

 

MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)

 

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

 

A Healing Place: Memories of Michigan State Sanatorium, Howell State Hospital, Hillcrest Center Oct. 8 in Howell

Region: Southeast

 

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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