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Executive Update


August in Michigan is sublime. Recently, while visiting the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, I was so impressed with the work being done for community culture. Following that visit, we saw the sunset over the bay, and I was touched with wonder over such a marvelous sight. Michigan truly is the Third Coast. 


This brings me to an exciting announcement. National Endowment for the Humanities announced Community Conversations grants, and Michigan was awarded $300,000 for Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water. (Read the NEH Press Release here.) Our Water/Ways Museum on Main Street Exhibit begins in 2018 and this will be an expansion of our work about the impact water has here in Michigan. More information will soon follow about grants and opportunities, so stay tuned to www.michiganhumanities.org.


Thank you to the hundreds that completed a survey about Michigan Humanities Council and those who will do so soon. We are making every effort to learn all we can from those who are passionate about the humanities, and plan for a bright future.


Enjoy the last month of summer. Take a deep breath and read, or listen to a story from someone learned or someone loved. Humanities really are all about what we mean to each other. Experiences like that last a lifetime.

- Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director

Advocacy Update 
Thank you for your continued support in 2017. We are thrilled that the NEH has been added back into the federal budget, but the there is still a long way to go. We need to continue to speak with our Congressional delegation in DC to make sure support for the NEH stays in the budget through this long process. 

Your Congressional delegate will be home in August!

August is the month to let your representative know how grants and programs from Michigan Humanities AND the NEH have had a positive impact on your community. They will be out at district events and also in their Michigan offices - please stop by and talk to them. Thank them for their past support and let them know how important continued support is for your work, your community and for our state.

Print a copy of this map that shows our reach throughout the state. It is an excellent representation of how the Humanities have an impact on the entire state of Michigan. Click here for the PDF file of the map.

Need to know a phone number or office address?

Here is a full list of our entire Michigan Congressional delegation.  

To send an email visit our Federation website for quick links.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please contact our office, and we will be happy to discuss how you can be an important part of our advocacy efforts. 

#SavetheNEH    #HumanitiesMatter

Were you a participant in an MHC program or event? Has the humanities played a key role in your life? Tell us!

We're looking for guest bloggers to write about their experiences with Michigan Humanities Council and the humanities in general. Your post may even be featured on our website! For additional information and to submit your post, email Carol Taggart at ctaggart@mihumanities.org
Partner Sign up for Great Michigan Read 2017-18 is OPEN!
Libraries, schools, community groups and more can sign up today!
The 2017-18 Great Michigan Read is "X: A Novel" by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon. Written by Malcolm X's third daughter, the novel tells the story of Malcolm's childhood, and includes memories of his time living in Michigan, his travels to Boston and New York, and the experiences that ultimately shaped his beliefs and made him the iconic figure that he is today.

Sign up today to become a partner! Libraries, schools, community groups and more are eligible! Visit our
website and submit an application.

Partner benefits include free copies of the book, reader's guides, and the chance to host events featuring the story and themes of "X: A Novel".
Special copies of X: A Novel have arrived and will be shipped out this month! There's still time to sign up as a partner!
Reminder: final online applications for Humanities Grants are due on August 17!

New Opportunity in 2017-18!

In order to offer more flexibility in project  planning and implementation, MHC will offer two application periods for
Humanities Grants during 2017-2018:
Fall 2017 Grants (Awards made in November 2017)
Spring 2018 Grants (Awards made in June 2018) 

NOTE: The availability of 2017-2018 Humanities Grants is dependent on the continued funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the FY18 federal budget. 

Prime Time Family Reading Time is Now Accepting Spring Applications! 


Prime Time is a free six-week program of reading, discussion, and storytelling that targets families of non-active library users. Each week a storyteller reads up to three books, followed by facilitated discussion with a humanities scholar who engages participants with questions that promote critical thinking skills. At the end of each session, families keep the books that were read to create home libraries. 

To learn more or to sign up, please visit: http://www.michiganhumanities.org/prime-time-family-reading-time/

Michigan Teachers: Sign up for Poetry Out Loud 2017-18!

It’s that time of year again to begin planning for Poetry Out Loud! Poetry Out Loud is an accessible, free way to get poetry education and recitation into the classroom. Students who have participated in past years have reported gaining confidence in their public speaking skills and a greater appreciation for poetry thanks to this program!

To sign up head to www.michiganhumanities.org/poetry-out-loud to fill out the simple application, and this fall we will send you all of the information you need to get started. 

  The 2017 Quick Grant Application is Open 

Please allow up to four 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.

Organizations interested in participating in the Great Michigan Read can apply for a quick grant to cover the cost of books, speakers, special events, and more!

Check Out the Heritage Grants Web Portal 

Click here to visit the Web Portal!

As our latest round of Heritage Grants wraps up, we are excited to roll out the Heritage Grants Digital Portal, a platform to showcase the digital media produced by our grantees. We invite you to visit the site and explore video, audio, and photos that reflect the hard work and dedication of the Heritage grantees, and the rich and diverse history of Michigan's communities.  Visitors can utilize an interactive map of Michigan to identify grantees and learn more about their various programs and projects.  
 2017 Touring Grantees' Final Reports

Final Reports are due for Touring Grant events which have been completed.

Receipt of your grant funds is dependent upon receipt of your final report and the return of your signed Arts/Humanities Services Contract. If you haven’t already, please return your contract and/or final report to krhodes@mihumanities.org as soon as possible. We want you to receive your funding!

For those with events occurring between now and August 31, 2017, please send your final report once your event is completed. Include your signed Arts/Humanities Services Contract if it hasn’t already been returned.

The final report provides valuable information that collectively helps Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) to advocate with Michigan legislators for the continuation of financial support.

Please contact Karen Rhodes at krhodes@mihumanities.org if you have questions.
Prospective Performers of the Arts & Humanities Touring Directory

Are you a musician, actor, story-teller, or performer? We want you to be a part of our Arts & Humanities Touring Directory! In partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, this directory lists a variety of performers from all kinds of art forms, including dance, Native arts, story-telling, music, theatre, and even puppetry! Non-profit organizations use the Arts & Humanities Touring Directory to identify and hire performers for various events and activities, so if you’re looking to book some gigs, then this is the perfect opportunity. More information about the application will be released in the fall, so keep an eye out! To learn more about the last directory cycle, visit http://www.michiganhumanities.org/touring-grants/

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