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Executive Update

Greetings!


Happy February!  I know you as a humanities friend are eager to join us in support of the excellent humanities work being done in Michigan.  We are more certain than ever that our collective work is of great value, and we look forward to partnership with you to promote quality cultural programs.   We hope you will join us in sharing the positive message of what humanities brings to communities.  Two board members will be joining Carol and me as we participate in Humanities on the Hill, which is a nationwide contingency of humanities councils convening to advocate for humanities work and funding. We look forward to nurturing relationships with legislators, both federal and state, as well as donors, corporations, and partners, to promote the value of quality cultural programs in our communities. 

We are working closely with the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and at this time, we do not anticipate funding cuts.  We will keep you informed as developments arise, but appreciate your help advocating for the importance of the humanities in all of our lives.  Please make the Michigan Humanities Council a philanthropic priority, and be a voice for what connects people throughout Michigan - our history, literature, civil discourse, and so much more.

~ Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director

Starting Out 2017 On A Positive Note
2016 was a year of goals, accomplishments and rewards for those of us at Michigan Humanities Council.  We welcomed our new leader, Executive Director Shelly Kasprzycki in 2016; launched our final round of Heritage Grants; hosted our first Humanities event, Humanities in Flight; closed our highly successful 2015-16 Great Michigan Read with wonderful partnership events including one with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. AND our Heritage Grants program won the 2016 Schwartz Prize, a National Humanities Award, along with a Special Tribute from Governor Snyder! There is so much more -  but we all feel fortunate to be part of this wonderful organization. We know that 2017 will be even better as we work together as a team and plan our next great adventures to serve all of you. We will continue our mission to bring the Humanities to Michigan with enthusiasm and dedication.                                  
Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud School Champions
have been selected - on to the
State Championship!

Join us on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 9 am the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan for the State Finals. Watch 40 talented students from across the state compete to represent Michigan in Washington D.C. at the National Championship!

This event is free and open to the public. 

Board of Directors
Board of Directors Highlight
Dr. Melba Boyd of Wayne State University, Detroit and Steve Wilson of Frey Foundation, Grand Rapids are just two of our outstanding board members.  Visit our website to see a full list of our Board of Directors. 
We are sad to share with you the news of former MHC Board Member Edward Bagale's passing on January 18, 2017.   Mr. Bagale served on our board from 2008 - 2013, and contributed his many talents to our Advocacy and Development initiatives. Our condolences to his wife, Gail, and family. 
MHC Partner Blog
Talking Service: Coming Home
by  Dr. William Emerson, III 
There are common elements of  military service reaching back from Iraq and Afghanistan to the Second World War and beyond. In Homer’s  Odyssey, Odysseus returns home from the Trojan War to find his wife no longer recognizes him. How true this is in our era of repeated deployments to remote lands, returning home unrecognized and unrecognizable.
Continue the story here.....
2016 POL Champion
Lyndon DeFoe 

We’re proud to announce that our 2016 Poetry Out Loud winner Lyndon DeFoe has been accepted to Stanford University. Best of luck, Lyndon! 
The next Museum on Main Street Traveling Exhibition:
Water/Ways is coming to Michigan!

   Visit our website  and see if Water/Ways should come to your community!  Applications are now available - and due July 10, 2017
2017 Arts & Humanities Touring Grants
Apply today - take a look at our Touring Directory and select a performer for your community event! 
  The 2017 Quick Grant cycle will open 
Monday, February 13, 2017.

Please allow up to four (4) weeks for your application to be processed.
Quick Grants provide up to $500 to Michigan-based nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs. 

Visit our website for more information.

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