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Executive Update


March is a month that brings us to articulating the value of humanities for the legislators who hold the key to federal funding for quality cultural programs.   Michigan citizens are touched by the humanities in many ways, in our k-12 education, in the museums we visit, the conversations we hold, what we read and think, style, art, fashion, languages, literature and how we relate to one another.    We will approach our honorable legislators with the confidence that our work makes a vibrant democracy possible.  We are fortunate that the majority of our representatives already support the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in turn, the Michigan Humanities Council.  But your voice is essential in encouraging them to hold fast to protecting funding.  Please see the newsletter this month for ways to make your support known.

2017 will be an exciting year for the Council, we look forward to announcing our next steps for a dynamic action plan to take us towards 2020.  We are forever grateful for our brilliant partnerships around the state, and for the unique work of each community.

~ Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director

Advocacy Update
Humanities on the Hill takes place March 6-9, 2017. Shelly, Carol and Board Members Paul Chaffee and Larry Preston will represent MHC in Washington D.C. to discuss support for the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The NEH is our primary source of support for Michigan Humanities Council (see our Annual Reports.)  

Each year, we visit our U.S. Representatives and Senators to discuss the value of quality cultural programs in our state.   Please consider letting your district representative(s) know how much the humanities mean to your community.  If you would like more information on how to show your support,  please contact our office.  If you are able show your support with a donation to Michigan Humanities Council, we thank you and as always, appreciate the trust you have put in us.                   
2017 Michigan  State Champ Selected!

MaryKate Wright of Owosso High School, was named the  2017 Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Champion after a day-long recitation competition at Lansing Convention Center in Lansing on March 3.

Ms. Wright took top honors among 39 student competitors, reciting “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats in her final round. First runner-up was Lyndon DeFoe of University High School, Lathrup Village, second runner-up was Arrianna Lister of Roosevelt High School, Wyandotte, and third runner-up was a tie between Grace Garver of Petoskey High School and Paige MacGillis of Williamston High School.

As the state champion, Ms. Wright received a $200 cash award, $500 stipend for her school and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Michigan at the National Poetry Out Loud competition in April 2017. The national competition will be live-streamed at www.poetryoutloud.org.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos and video from the competition.  


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)
A draft project proposal form will be available on the MHC website in April 2017. Additional Humanities Grant program information can be found at our website.

The next Museum on Main Street Traveling Exhibition:
Water/Ways is coming to Michigan!

   Visit our website  and see if Water/Ways should come to your community!  
Applications are now available - and due July 10, 2017
2017 Arts & Humanities Touring Grants
Apply today - take a look at our Touring Directory and select a performer for your community event! 
  The 2017 Quick Grant Application is Open 

Please allow up to four (4) 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.

Welcome our new Board Members!

At our Board Meeting on February 16, several new names joined our Board of Directors.  We are pleased to welcome them:

Sean Everett from the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation.
Shannon Polk with Polk Legal PLLC.
Larry Preston from Tri-Star Trust.
Kathryn Curtiss Spence from the DOW Corning Foundation.

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