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Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter
REMINDER: Applications for consideration of inclusion into the 2012-15 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory must be postmarked by Dec. 15. Artists, performers, re-enactors, writers, historians and others interested in applying may find the application here. For questions, call the Michigan Humanities Council at (517) 372-7770.

Davenport Hosts Exhibit on Housing Segregation

Davenport ExhibitAs students flood the library at Davenport University’s Grand Rapids campus, a new exhibit will greet them throughout December.

Stories of Black Bottom, the 1967 Uprising and the Sojourner Truth Housing Complex will be on display in the W.A. Lettinga Campus Library from Dec. 3-19. The exhibit, We Don't Want Them, is part of the Michigan Humanities Council's Great Michigan Read program.
Poetry Out Loud

Holiday Greetings from the Michigan Humanities Council


Humanities Pic of the Month

Throughout the summer, The Polish Mission in Orchard Lake has hosted its Grandparents Project. This Michigan Humanities Council grant-funded event connected grandparents and grandchildren of German, Jewish and Polish heritage through ancestry workshops.

Preschool coordinator Christina Brazinski, left, does a crafts activity with children at Peter White Public Library's Prime Time Family Reading Time® session, Oct. 29 in Marquette. Prime Time is a family reading program for children ages 6-12, but holds separate activities for children 5 and younger.
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Meet the Need

Please Support Council 'Meet the Need'
Fundraising Campaign
Imagine living in a community without creativity, shared values, thoughtful conversation and a reason to celebrate.

For more than 35 years, the Michigan Humanities Council has been committed to ensuring every community has access to high-quality cultural learning experiences. The Council strives to inspire families and neighbors to share their stories, talents and traditions, and work together to better understand and appreciate each other.

NACC Michigan Sings

Grand Rapids Youth Celebrate Michigan's Musical Heritage

Michigan beats to its own drum, but few realize that Motown isn’t the only major musical influence to come from the Mitten State. A large number of A-list Michiganians have graced the Top-40 charts over the years in a variety of genres.
Performer Application Available Now 2012-15 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory

Fred Meijer

Remembering Fred Meijer

On Nov. 25, Michigan lost one of our most-outstanding humanitarians. Fred Meijer's legacy will live on for generations not only because of his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen, but also for his strong civic nature and generous contribution to community arts and humanities.
Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants

Poetry Out Loud

2011-12 Poetry Out Loud Final Numbers

This year is the largest ever for Poetry Out Loud in Michigan. Following November’s deadline, a record 51 schools have registered and 164 teachers are expected to implement the program in 529 classrooms. This will reach nearly 12,000 students in all corners of the state. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students, with competitions held at the school, state and national level. For more information, visit



Council Board Member Steven Brisson has been named deputy director of the Mackinac State Historic Parks. Brisson will oversee and manage the newly created Museum Programs and Marketing Unit, part of an institutional reorganization set in motion in late September, combining two units into one. Brisson has been with the Mackinac State Historic Parks since 1996.
Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants

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