Honoring Humanities Work Throughout Michigan
Dear humanities friends,

Happy Summer! Michigan is once again coming alive with activity. In this edition of the E-News, we are delighted to announce an entirely new funding cycle of the Michigan HOPE Grants. Through the American Recovery Act, we will be able to expand our grant awards to unprecedented levels. We also will offer grant training and technical assistance (see below). The new round of HOPE grants will provide both operational and program/project support to our valued partners across the state.

We hope you will be able to join us for the Michigan Humanities Awards on September 10. This special celebration has limited capacity, but will be mighty in celebrating the outstanding public humanities work taking place in our beautiful state. Now that the current status of the COVID pandemic is filling us with hope, it seems fitting to plan a moment to reflect and honor those who have kept arts and culture alive and well, despite the difficult circumstance. Isn’t it more important than ever to build understanding and promote conversations in our communities? 

As always, we are grateful for you as a public humanities friend. Thank you. Reach out to our team anytime at 517-372-7770 or through my email.

Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki
President & CEO
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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.

To learn more about this grant opportunity, we will be hosting a virtual workshop on June 15 where we will walk you through the application and all other requirements. Click here to register.

Submit your grant application by August 2, 2021.
Humanities Awards Call for Nominations 2021
Michigan Humanities wants to recognize and celebrate individuals, schools, universities, libraries, community organizations, groups, foundations, and corporations who have advanced the humanities in Michigan through their leadership, education, and advocacy.

Our award categories for this year are:
  • Outstanding Humanities Organization.
  • Humanities Champion of the Year-Individual.
  • Community Impact Partner of the Year 2020.

The awards will take place on September 10. Please submit your nominations by June 18 here.
We are HIRING!
Join our team in the roles of Program Director or Executive Coordinator!

Michigan Humanities is currently looking to hire two individuals who are organized, creative, motivated, and enthusiastic about public humanities for the roles of Program Director and Executive Coordinator.

We encourage applications from candidates who are ready to take on important objectives, understand nonprofits and humanities, embrace diversity, inclusion, equity, and access (IDEA), and wish to engage with people from every corner of the state. Applications are due on June 25. Click here to learn more and apply!
Programs and Grants
Great Michigan Read

The 2021-22 Great Michigan Read – chosen by regional selection committees representing all corners of Michigan – is The Women of the Copper Country, by Mary Doria Russell! In celebration of Women’s History Month and National Reading Month, the selection was announced during a virtual event on March 30. View a recording of the event on Facebook, or via Zoom. 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 Lost Railway Museum in Grass Lake until June 27! 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
A Conversation with Our Past Michigan Humanities Awards Recipients

As our deadline to submit nominations approaches on June 18, we wanted to talk to two of our past recipients in 2020: the author and poet M.L. Liebler and Shirley Donivan-Sorrels, Director of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture. We invite you learn about these two recipients' projects and what these awards meant to them 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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