The Michigan Humanities is pleased to announce $90,000 in grant funds have been awarded to communities and organizations through Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan, an initiative made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Third Coast Conversation grants support a series of statewide public conversations taking place in 18 communities through 2019 that focus on the cultural, social, historical, and environmental factors that connect Michigan’s people to their water. Each community received a grant of $5,000 to support the cost of the program. The project will be led by the Michigan Humanities in collaboration with their strong network of partner organizations across the state.

Michigan Humanities President and CEO, Shelly Kasprzycki said, “Water is such a vital part of Michigan’s economy. Our lifestyle and our very identify as Michiganders involves water in so many ways. We believe investing in our State by bringing people together to discuss this important topic and its impact.”

The state of Michigan is often referred to as the nation’s “third coast” because it boasts the most miles of shoreline in the contiguous United States, bordering four of the five Great Lakes.  This abundance of water has allowed Michigan to be a lucrative place to do business and develop industry, including a booming tourism economy. By providing support for community conversations around topics connected to water, the goal of the project is to help more people across the state learn about issues related to water that affect their communities in the 21st century.

The following communities and organizations will hold conversations and community events around important water topics supported by the Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan program.  Please visit our website for details on each community project.

·        Alcona County Library (Alcona)

·        Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library (Alpena)

·        Artworks: Big Rapids Area Arts and Humanities (Big Rapids)

·        Beaver Island Historical Society (Beaver Island)

·        Black River Public School (Holland)

·        Central Michigan University, Office of Research and Graduate Studies (Mount Pleasant)

·        Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit)

·        Communities First, Inc./Michigan Environmental Council  (Flint)

·        Discovery Center Great Lakes (Traverse City)

·        Ella Sharp Museum (Jackson)

·        Freshwater Future (Flint)

·        Green Door Initiative (Detroit)

·        Kalamazoo River Watershed Council (Kalamazoo)

·        Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (Baraga)

·        Kutsche Office of Local History, Grand Valley State University (Allendale)

·        Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (Ann Arbor)

·        Northern Michigan University (Marquette)

·        Raven Hill Discovery Center (East Jordan)

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