Honoring Humanities Work Throughout Michigan
Dear Humanities Friends,

Kicking off a new year, especially after a challenging one, makes me mindful of courage. Winston Churchill said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” At Michigan Humanities, we take the art of civil conversation seriously, and look forward to expanding our work with young people through the Kathleen S. Mullins Emerging Leaders Program to strengthen and nurture conversational skills. 

What could be more important to our democracy than the ability to learn from one another, to be courageous in reaching out to all sides, and to find ways to build peace and solutions that benefit us all? As a longtime Rotarian, I learned the value of the four-way test. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Asking these questions takes courage in a world full of coarse ideas and intolerance. 

Our MH team -- Board members and staff alike -- strive to provide quality programming and grant funding to support the hard work of communities seeking greater understanding and cultural connections. Thank you for being a part of this work. We couldn’t be more enthusiastic, optimistic, and purposeful in our plans for 2021!

We hope you enjoy this month's newsletter. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time to share your humanities ideas.

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...
Grants & Programs Virtual Workshop
From 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, January 28, join Michigan Humanities staff members for a virtual workshop highlighting current and upcoming opportunities for funding and program partnerships.

The workshop is free, open to all, and will take place via Zoom. Pre-registration is required and a meeting link will be shared following your registration.

The workshop will be recorded and shared with all who registered, as well as posted on the MH website.

Programs and Grants
Great Michigan Read

The current Great Michigan Read, featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha's What the Eyes Don't See, is continuing through spring, 2021! Visit the GMR events page for details about virtual events featuring Dr. Mona, and register today if your organization is interested in receiving free books and educational materials.

Curious to know about our next Great Michigan Read? We will announce the 2021-22 selection this April, and open partner registration at that time. Programming and author tour events will begin in fall, 2021. 
Poetry Out Loud
Want to see Poetry Out Loud in action? Save the date for the 2021 virtual State Finals for Michigan, which will take place on March 11. Event registration will be available in February, and we hope you will join us to see high school students from across Michigan share their passion for poetry. 

Questions about how you and your students can be a Poetry Out Loud partner? Contact Katie Wittenauer, MH Director of Programs, via email.
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.

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 15 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. Be sure to check out the new “ Virtual Programming” category.
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.
Join the Michigan Humanities team
Michigan Humanities is in search of a part-time programs and communications coordinator!

If you are interested in joining the MH staff team, please review the job posting and apply by February 28, 2021

Our Blog
By Johnny Quirin
Meet George Bayard III: Recipient of a Michigan Heritage Grant and Founder of GRAAMA

George Bayard III is an artist, owner of Bayard Gallery of Fine African American Art & Books, and founder of the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA) Michigan Humanities wanted to reconnect with George Bayard III and share some of his experiences as a filmmaker and museum director.

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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