Michigan Humanities ~ Michigan Stories
Executive Update

Happy Holidays from the Michigan Humanities Council. This time of year always reminds me of why I treasure the impact of humanities on our everyday lives.   Many years ago, when I was about 24 years old, I bought my father a world history book. In it, I inscribed my gratitude and love for my Dad. I knew he would read it cover to cover, as we shared a love of history. In October 2006, after a long battle with cancer, he died. That Christmas, I received a special gift. It was the book I gave him all those years ago, only this time, it had a new inscription on its first pages. In shaky handwriting, it said, “You have pleased me in every possible way. Love, Dad.”  I treasure that book above any other material possession because it serves as a reminder. It tells me to value reading, and to search for answers in our past to understand our future. It tells me the value of listening to stories from other generations. It tells me the priceless gift of family, and the possibilities of what I can impart to my own sons. What humanities story is your own?

Thank YOU for being a part of humanities, and for supporting the Michigan Humanities Council. We look forward to the grace of a promising new year in 2018. We hope it brings you great joy, learning and understanding.

Shelly Kasprzycki
Executive Director 

Important work has been done to bring the humanities to the residents of Michigan this year.

Here are just a few of the highlights from 2017:

•  Poetry Out Loud celebrated 9,138 high school students who powerfully recited the collective works of many great poets and gained greater leadership and confidence.
•  Great Michigan Read focused on X: A Novel, a powerfully written story of Malcolm X, woven with the value of how spirit outweighs adversity.
•  Michigan Humanities supported projects by investing $432,854 throughout Michigan; funds were used for programs designed to tell the stories of local communities from the Upper Peninsula to southwest Michigan.

As we close 2017, your support matters more now than ever. With your gift you are investing in Michigan’s future as employers increasingly seek workers with skills based in the fields of the humanities, such as critical thinking, the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, and the importance of understanding one another. These skills have never been more critically needed in our state, our nation and our world! Always remember that the humanities are all about the human story – the story of those who have come before, who comprise our communities today, and those who will come after us. 

Humanities in Flight Event
Prime Time Family Reading Time
Great Michigan Read Author Event
Books, readers guides and other free materials are still available! Sign up online to be a part of this statewide program! Sign up to be a Program Partner.
Then take a look at our Partner Program Resources.

Is Great Michigan Read taking place in your community?
The 2018 Arts & Humanities Touring Grant

Visit our webpage to review the Arts & Humanities Touring Directory
Arts & Humanities Touring Performers Wanted
for the 2018-2021 Directory - Apply Today!
  The Quick Grant Application is CLOSED

We anticipate that the application will reopen
January 2, 2018.
Humanities Grants Spring 2018
Draft Proposals and Applications are now being accepted. Learn more!
A list of the Fall 2017 Grant Recipients is available online.
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