Michigan Humanities ~ Michigan Stories
Executive Update

Finally, my friends and colleagues, it seems we are enjoying the bounty of spring. Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” As Michigan Humanities Council launches into our spring/summer season, we are looking forward to announcing our new Third Coast Conversations Grants. As Michiganders, we know the value and importance of water in our state, and these discussion grants will further our collective ability to understand its impact in many contexts. Isn’t that what humanities are all about?

Last month, we enjoyed our first Emeritus Board Reception at the Governor’s Residence.  With nearly 60 in attendance, we were able to look back with former great leaders and bring them along with us as we strive to an even brighter future for humanities. We are creating an Emeritus Advisory Board, and I’m confident this will greatly enrich our present and future.

Enjoy the ENews this month. We are eager to share with you the many exciting projects, grants, and programs that we work on together with our public humanities partners across the state.  As we finalize our strategic plan, our board and staff felt it imperative to get feedback from our many constituents.  Please take 10 minutes or less to complete our survey.  This will be a great influence on how we shape future grants and programs, and how we can best serve bringing humanities to everyone.

Shelly Kasprzycki
President and CEO

Pictured above: National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jon Parrish Peede, MHC President & CEO Shelly Kasprzycki and 2017 Poetry Out Loud State Champion MaryKate Wright at the Governor's Residence in April 2018.

Between May 1 - May 15, we are asking nonprofits from around the state to take part in a SURVEY that will help us plan for the future. Even if you have not participated in one of our programs or received grant funds, we would like your input. Please take a few minutes to complete our short 24 question survey - we value your opinion! (Click the link and complete our survey to be eligible for a special $500 Grant prize award - details in the survey!)
Program officers Jennifer Rupp and Katie Wittenauer will be attending the Michigan Small and Rural Libraries conference at Grand Traverse Bay resort on May 1 st . Make sure to stop by the exhibit hall and say “Hi”! They will have information on funding opportunities available, programs perfect for your library, and even a chance to win a gift basket full of some of your favorite Michigan products! Katie and Jen are looking forward to seeing everyone!
First Stop: Beaver Island
With spring in the air, the launch of Michigan Humanities' next Museum on Main Street exhibit, Water/Ways, is right around the corner. The traveling Smithsonian exhibition will kick-off its time in Michigan on Beaver Island, Friday, June 22.   Visit our website for full tour details and to see when Water/Ways will be in a Michigan community near you. 

Also stay tuned for more information on how to host our next exhibit, Crossroads: Exploring Change in Rural America.
Prime Time Family Reading Time
Thanks to the generous support of the Dresner Foundation and our ongoing partnership with the Detroit Public Library system, Prime Time is off to a great start in 2018 with three new sites in Detroit. The three sites, Detroit Public Library Main Branch, Redford Branch, and Wilder Branch, are bringing families in Detroit together to read and discuss fantastic books at the library. 
For more information on the Prime Time program and how to become a site please visit our website.
Free GMR books are still available! Become a partner today.
Books, readers guides, and other free materials are still available for this statewide program!  Sign up online to be a  Program Partner. Then, take a look at our  Partner Program Resources.

Is Great Michigan Read taking place in your community?
Great Michigan Read Author Visit!

Kekla Magoon Spring Tour
May 15 – 18, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Evening Event with the Peter White Public Library
Venue: 217 N Front St, Marquette, MI 49855
Event begins at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Daytime Event with the Munising School Public Library
Venue: 810 State Hwy. M-28 W., Ste. A, Munising, MI 49862
Event begins at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Evening Event with the Escanaba Public Library
Venue: 400 Ludington Street, Escanaba, Michigan 49829
Event begins at 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Daytime Event with the Bayliss Public Library
Venue: 541 Library Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Event begins at 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Evening Event with the Petoskey District Library
Venue: Crooked Tree Arts Center auditorium, 461 E Mitchell St, Petoskey, MI 49770
Event begins at 7 p.m.

2018 Poetry Out Loud National Finals
From April 23 to April 25, Grace Garver of Petoskey High School traveled to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. with her mother, Jane Garver. Alongside talented peers from across the country, Grace recited “Planetarium,” by Adrienne Rich, and “Monet Refuses the Operation,” by Lisel Mueller at the regional semifinals at GW Lisner Auditorium. Grace also had the opportunity to meet with Senator Debbie Stabenow during her time in Washington, D.C., and discuss the Poetry Out Loud competition.

Michigan Humanities is incredibly proud of Grace’s poise and courage in competing at the national level, and her two recitations were powerful and captivating to watch. Congratulations to Grace on her hard work and incredible talent!

If you are a high school teacher or student interested in participating in next year’s
Poetry Out Loud competition, please contact Katie Wittenauer, program officer kwittenauer@mihumanities.org
Third Coast Conversations:
Dialogues about Water in Michigan
Grant proposals from across the state have been received, reviewed, and awards will be announced next month! Organizations from the UP to southeastern Michigan are ready to talk all things “WATER”. Organizations awarded will attend a two-day facilitation training with renowned community conversations trainer Adam Davis from the Oregon Humanities and receive $5,000 to host at least two conversations in their communities. We hope you will join in the discussions and follow the great work being done in our state!  
Reminder that applications are still being accepted for Quick Grants.
Quick Grants provide up to $750 to Michigan-based nonprofit organizations in
support of public humanities programs.

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