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Executive Update


Here in Michigan, the weather can be a changeling; we never know exactly what might come next.  Sometimes it feels this way with the future of humanities, but while that is scary, it is exhilarating at the same time.  Independence Day reminds us of the bonds we share as Americans, and just as the changing weather, or even changing funding, we must adapt our human ties, all that comprises humanities, to forge bonds with those around us, and improve the human condition.

The Michigan Humanities Council is celebrating our human stories with events around the state. Visit our website at www.michiganhumanities.org  to see what programs and events we are helping to fund.  We have much to celebrate and to prepare for the future. Quality cultural programs will always be a  priority in Michigan, and the Michigan Humanities Council will adapt to ensure that these programs are always protected.

- Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director

Advocacy Update 
Another holiday weekend has passed, and our Representatives will return to Washington D.C. next week for the remainder of July - NOW is the time to contact their offices and make our voices heard.

Call or write your Congressional delegation

Contact our Michigan Congressional delegation and express your support for the NEH and for the state humanities councils. The majority of our current delegation have voted in support of the NEH in the past, so please thank them for their support (including Senators Stabenow and Peters) and share specific stories with them about how the humanities enrich your local community.

Please also share this information with your friends and family members and ask them to voice their support as well.  

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

To send an email or call our delegation, 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 are arriving! They will be shipped out next month, so keep an eye out!
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. 

You only have a few days left to submit your application to bring this exciting Smithsonian exhibit to your community! The deadline to apply is Monday, July 10; don't miss out!  
Visit our website  for the application. 
  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!

Heritage Grants Web Portal Going Live on July 3rd!

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. The website will be up and running by July 3rd, and 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. The site will continue to be updated as we receive new digital resources from our Heritage grantees, so keep checking back!
 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.
Current and Prospective Performers/Presenters of the Arts & Humanities Touring Directory

It’s time once again to review and update the Arts & Humanities Touring Directory. We are busily preparing to begin the call for applications for 2018-2021. Information for current and new applicant requirements including specific application material requirements are in review. This information will be shared in the coming months. The call for applications will occur in December 2017/January 2018, and adjudication of new applicants will occur in the spring of 2018. 

#HumanitiesMatter      #SupportNEH