Honoring Humanities Work Throughout Michigan

This summer, as I enjoy reading my way through the 2020 Michigan Notables book list, I have been thinking about our beautiful state and all it offers. Though the pandemic has temporarily halted our festivals, fairs, and other public events, we are so lucky to have the beauty of our bountiful lakes and natural landscapes. I marvel at what healing powers nature has, and I don’t think life gets much better than a great book at sunrise.

In addition to our record grant-making this year, we are reshaping our remaining funds and programs to address present issues in our state. Look for additional information coming soon! We also hope you will support our work this month by considering a gift. While we are funded generously by the National Endowment for the Humanities, a match is required, and we have more requests for funding and programs than we can fulfill. Your donation makes all the difference. Visit michiganhumanities.org/donate if you wish to donate now, and thank you for your consideration. We consider our work to be a great privilege, and one we hold with purpose and care.

Enjoy your summer, and reach out to us at any time. We value your wisdom and collaboration.

Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki
President & CEO
Who We Are
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?
Michigan Humanities grants over $660,000 of CARES Act funding to 116 cultural and community nonprofits
Michigan Humanities is pleased to announce $661,085 in emergency CARES Act funding to 116 Michigan cultural and community organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more here... 
Time is running out to submit your nomination for Michigan Humanities Awards! Deadline: August 1, 2020
Three awards will be presented to honor and celebrate the outstanding contribution to the civic and cultural vitality of humanities throughout Michigan.
Programs and Grants
Action Grants
Use an Action Grant to share your innovative perspective of the humanities with your community, and cultivate new ideas to inspire action and strengthen our communities and our democracy.
Humanities Grants
Humanities Grants emphasize collaboration to serve Michigan’s people with public humanities programming. Submit a draft before August 27!
Poetry Out Loud
We've been celebrating our 2020 Poetry Out Loud school champions by sharing video highlights, including this recent message from first-place essay contest winner Roxy Sprowl, a recent graduate of Marquette Senior High School.
Great Michigan Read
The 2019-20 Great Michigan Read is extending programming into late 2020 and early 2021 to accommodate rescheduled virtual and in-person events with Dr. Mona, author of this year's selection, What the Eyes Don't See.
Arts & Humanities Touring Grants
Arts and Humanities Touring Grants are now open for performances that will take place between June 1 and August 15. Funds may be used to pay artists that provide virtual programming.
Museum on Main Street
The latest Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, is coming to Michigan in 2021 and poses questions and historic content around America’s democratic system, voter representation, social justice, and more. Apply to host the exhibit by August 13!
Our Mission
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.
Contemplation Leads to Inspiration
Earlier this spring, Emeritus Board Member Anne Marlowe Belanger shared her story of family memories, and how positive things can make a difference in our world.

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