Honoring Humanities Work Throughout Michigan
Dear Humanities Friends,

Welcome to the final e-news of 2020. It seems difficult to remember pre-pandemic times. We began the year with optimism, and many plans. But in the words of the Greek philosopher Epictetus, "Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle. Some things are within your control. And some things are not." 

Our Board of Directors and staff team worked hard this year to reflect, adapt, create, and deliver. We were able to add an additional grant opportunity when critically needed thanks to CARES Act funding; we improvised and developed MI Humanities At Home, and Bridging Michigan programs and grants. 

Your support, feedback, and participation led to perhaps one of our most successful years ever. We eagerly look forward to 2021, when we host the National Humanities Conference in Detroit, and continue to bring the humanities to life in the “every day” of Michiganders. A recent donor said, “Michigan Humanities is a university without walls.” We appreciate that sentiment, and will strive to continue providing quality humanities grants and programs.

If you would like to donate, please visit here, and enjoy a safe and happy holiday season! Peace to all mankind.

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...
Programs and Grants
Why it Matters
Join Michigan Humanities on December 3, at 7 p.m., as we begin a new series of conversations called "Why It Matters" centered on civic and electoral participation.

Our first conversation will discuss the urban-rural divide in Michigan and its effects. The discussion will be led by Dr. Kevin G. Lorentz II and Dr. Thomas Henthorn, both from the University of Michigan at Flint.

Bridging Michigan
Bridging Michigan is an event series and grant opportunity that we launched in fall, 2020, to spark in-depth conversation and action around systemic inequities. Grant applications are now open, and available for up to $1,500.

Recordings of previous events and grant application details are available on the Bridging Michigan website.
Arts & Humanities Touring Directory
Arts and Humanities Touring Grants opened November 15 -- 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.

The Touring Program grants are available to Michigan nonprofit organizations who may request up to 40 percent of presenters'/exhibitors’ fees and travel expenses. The Arts & Humanities Touring Program grants help support the fees and expenses of touring performers, artists, exhibitors, and humanities presenters listed in Michigan’s Arts and Humanities Touring Directory. Be sure to check out the new “ Virtual Programming” category.

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 November 15th for performances that will take place between December 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021. Please refer to our website for other 2021 funding window dates and application deadlines.
Humanities Grants
Submit your Humanities Grant draft proposal today!

Spring 2021 Humanities Grant draft proposals are currently being accepted with a final application deadline of March 18, 2021.

Read about our past grantees by clicking below.

Great Michigan Read
The 2019-20 Great Michigan Read (GMR) is extending programming into late 2020 and early 2021 to accommodate rescheduled events with Dr. Mona, author of this year's selection, What the Eyes Don't SeeFree books and funding through GMR Action Grants are still available and new partners are invited to register today.

Dr. Mona's virtual events have concluded for 2020, but you can visit the GMR events page to see when local GMR partners are hosting her in 2021!
Poetry Out Loud
The deadline for Poetry Out Loud (POL) registration for 2020-21 has been extended to December 18. High school teachers are invited to register for the 2020-21 program today!

POL in Michigan is part of the national poetry recitation program and competition, and all materials are provided to each participating partner at no cost. Participating high schools host their own competitions and select a student to represent their school at the State Finals. Grant funding to support poetry workshops, materials, and other program expenses is available. Curious about the impacts of Poetry Out Loud? Check out this fact sheet from a recent POL study.

Please note: In order to ensure the safety and health of all participants, the 2021 POL State Finals for Michigan and National Finals will be held virtually.
Museum on Main Street: Voices and Votes
Michigan Humanities has selected six host sites for the 2021–2022 tour of a national Smithsonian Institution exhibition, "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America."

The exhibition examines the nearly 250-year-old American experiment of a government “of, by and for the people, “and how each generation since continues to question how to form “a more perfect union.”
Our Blog
This month we interviewed our Board member Joe Cialdella on his new book!

Author, Program Lead for Public Scholarship at the University of Michigan, and Board member Joe Cialdella talked to us about his new book, Motor City Green, which dives into the history of urban gardening in Detroit.

We asked Joe five questions which touched on his relationship with Detroit, the language of sustainability, and the process of writing his first book.

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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