Honoring Humanities Work Throughout Michigan
Dear humanities friends,

The heat of the summer is upon us, and with that, it seems more time for fun, reading, and appreciating that we can reconnect with people and the places we love. This experience reminds me of the Great Gatsby quote (F. Scott Fitzgerald): “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” I hope you are enjoying summer, too.

Michigan Humanities is celebrating summer with a new round of MI Hope grants for $1 million. They are due August 2. This is such a great way to celebrate our human connection, and the wonderful partners who make this happen.

In addition, our Board of Directors and Staff will be convening in August to develop our strategic framework for 2022-2024. This process is a critical one, so that we can continue humanities engagement around the corner in your community and across the state.  We are so grateful for the collective wisdom of our team, and for friends and donors like you who make the human connection stronger.

Enjoy this newsletter and thank you for being an important part of Michigan Humanities!

Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki
President & CEO
Who We Are
MH Board and Staff
What makes community life worthwhile? Is it the relationships you build over time with family, friends, and co-workers? What about the good times and memories from attending annual festivals and events? Or is it the experience of working through difficult times that bonds us together? Read more...
MI H.O.P.E Grants 2021
Michigan Humanities is excited to announce a second round of MI H.O.P.E. grants!

We are again seeking to assist organizations with recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Michigan Humanities is providing emergency American Rescue Plan funding to museums, libraries, archives, historic sites, and other humanities-focused nonprofits impacted by the pandemic throughout Michigan. Michigan H.O.P.E. Grants are available to provide general operating support, programming support, or a combination of both.

Submit your grant application by August 2, 2021.
Humanities Awards
For more than 47 years, Michigan Humanities has supported public humanities in our state through programs, grants, and partnerships. In 2019, we officially began to honor and celebrate the outstanding contributions to the humanities in our state by recognizing individuals and organizations who have advanced the humanities in Michigan through their scholarship, leadership, support, and education.

Come celebrate Michigan’s Humanities stars at the Waterfront Event Center located inside the Headlands International Dark Sky Park on Friday, September 10th beginning at 6:30 p.m. Award nominees will be announced soon on social media! There will even be ways to engage in the celebration if you can’t join us in person this September.

Programs and Grants
Great Michigan Read

Join our Great Michigan Read Fall Author Tour on these dates:

  • East Lansing Public Library, October 7.
  • Montrose Jennings Library, October 9.
  • Hamburg Township Library, October 11.
  • Watervliet District Library, October 13.
  • Dearborn Public Library, October 15.

Learn more about the title and how you can become a Great Michigan Read partner here!
Museum on Main Street
Museum on Main Street: Voices and Votes is located at the Dennos Museum Center through August 15, 2021! Check out the event here.

This year's exhibit is centered around the questions that the American revolutionaries who waged a war for independence put forward to concretize their vision about what an independent American nation should look like, and how these questions continue to frame our nation today.

Click here to access the complete calendar for this exhibit.
Humanities Grants
Our Humanities Grants Fall application is now open!

The application deadline is September 9. We are now accepting draft proposals. We invite you to learn about out past grantees and check back soon to discover our most recent Grant awardees by clicking below.
Our Blog
Saugatuck-Douglas, Home to LGBTQ Communities for more than 100 Years

In the Fall of 2020, the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center was awarded a Humanities grant to carry-out the project called: "Century of Progress: A Timeline of Saugatuck-Douglas LGBTQ History." This project seeks to tell the story of the Saugatuck-Douglas LGBTQ community over a period of more than 100 years. Michigan Humanities wanted to reconnect with the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center and learn more about this exhibit prior to its opening date. We invite you to learn more about this history-rich exhibit by clicking below.

Our Mission
2008 Michigan Author Homecoming
To inspire us to come together in creative and freely expressed ways to deepen our understanding of ourselves and enrich our communities.
Our Vision
For all people of Michigan to experience and understand the importance of humanities to enrich lives.
  • Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
  • Discovery and Understanding
  • Authentic Conversation
  • Respectful Collaboration
  • Meaningful Experiences
  • Build awareness and excitement for humanities in everyday life.
  • Achieve best practices and sustainability for all humanities programs and services in Michigan.
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