Michigan Humanities Council awards grants for cultural programming

December 5, 2016  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce $274,575 in grants to 24 Michigan organizations in support of public humanities programming. In addition to this direct support, each agency was required to present matching cash or in-kind cost share, bringing an additional $568,288.68 to the table. This major grant cycle, the Humanities Grants, support projects exploring history, poetry, reading, education and community identity.

Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council said, “Humanities Grants are more critical than ever to keep quality cultural programs in our local communities. These projects not only educate, inform, and enrich local audiences in these communities, but also attract visitors, support community development, and build capacity in organizations around the state.”

Humanities Grants are awarded to Michigan nonprofits in support of cultural, educational and community-based public humanities programming. These grants play a vital role in defining our culture, our state, our community and ourselves, and are intended to connect us to Michigan’s rich cultural heritage and historical resources.

"The Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to support so many creative and important initiatives through its Humanities Grants. The need for understanding, personal connections, and civil discourse is great, and these projects bring our state opportunities to share our stories and engage in dialogues with each other,” said Council Board Chair Kathleen Mullins.

MHC received 41 eligible applications for review in its fall 2016 deadline cycle. The organizations with award amounts, by county, are listed below.

Project details can be found on the MHC website at www.michiganhumanities.org/humanities-grants

Upper Peninsula County Listing – 2016 Humanities Grant Awards

Alger County
Alger County Historical Society, $15,000

Delta County
William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, $15,000

Houghton County
International Frisbee Hall of Fame & Museum, $8,400

Mackinac County
Museum of Ojibwa Culture, $15,000

Marquette County
Northern Michigan University, $15,000

About the Michigan Humanities Council
The Michigan Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit organization created to foster a better understanding of each other and our state through local cultural, historical and literary experiences for all. MHC was founded in 1974 and is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as private support from corporate and individual donors.

The Michigan Humanities Council connects people and communities by fostering and creating quality cultural programs.

The Michigan Humanities Council will be known as a unifying force throughout Michigan, whose programs help people connect with one another and the places where they live, by fostering a greater understanding and engagement in the cultures, histories, and values which tell us who we were, are, and hope to be.

For more information on future programs, upcoming grant opportunities or how you can support these efforts, please visit www.michiganhumanities.org or call (517) 372-7770.


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