Honoring Humanities Work Throughout Michigan
Dear humanities friends,

It is an exciting time at Michigan Humanities as we are significantly increasing our grant-making this year. The funds from the American Recovery Act and in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, will reach the state humanities councils sometime this month. The Board and Staff are hard at work designing the process for these new funds. Please stay tuned and check our website and social media for the latest information!  
And with that excitement, we also encourage you to nominate your favorite humanities program or person for one of the Michigan Humanities Awards. It is our amazing grant and program partners all over the state who deserve to be recognized for their outstanding work. The deadline is fast approaching on June 1. Please visit our website to nominate and individual or organization. The process is easy, and in the words of philosopher William James, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” 

We appreciate you!

Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki
President & CEO
Who We Are
MH Board and Staff
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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 1st here.
Grants and Programs Virtual Workshops
Want to learn about Michigan Humanities' funding opportunities and how to write a successful grant application?

In early 2021, we hosted two virtual workshops to share information about our current grant and program opportunities and how to prepare MH grant applications.

  • A recording of the Grants & Programs Workshop can be found here.
  • The recording of the Tips and Tricks for a Successful Application Workshop can be found here.
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!

Poetry Out Loud
Congratulations to Andrew King and Alayna Kuhn, the winners of the 2021 Poetry Out Loud essay contest!

We are so proud of Madison Ganzak, 2021 Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Champion, for competing in the national semifinals on Sunday, May 2nd. Though she wasn't one of the top nine national finalists, we are proud to call her our state champion!
Arts & Humanities Touring Directory
Arts and Humanities Touring Grants opened May 1 for Summer events -- don't forget to apply! The Arts and Humanities Touring Program is a joint collaboration of Michigan Humanities and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Requests for a grant may not exceed $3,000 per application, and an organization may not submit more than four grant applications or request more than $4,000 during the program period. Applications opened May 1 for performances that will take place between June 1, 2021, and August 31, 2021.

Please refer to our website for other 2021 funding window dates and application deadlines. Be sure to check out the new “Virtual Programming” category.
Museum on Main Street
Museum on Main Street: Voices and Votes is moving to the Lost Railway Museum in Grass Lake! The exhibit will open on May 15. 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
Muskegon Community Education Center: An Alternative School to Prevent High School Dropouts

This year, Michigan Humanities had the great opportunity to partner with the Muskegon Community Education Center (MCEC) for our Poetry Out Loud program. Through this partnership we learned about the important work that this Center is doing for supporting Muskegon’s youth to complete their high school education in an environment that seeks to meet the different needs of their students.

In order to get the word out about this crucial work, Michigan Humanities asked the Center to tell us about their work in their own words. We invite you to learn more about this awesome program by clicking below and also check out this video to see their work in action.

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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