Michigan Humanities Council

LANSING, MI--   In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Humanities is providing emergency CARES Act funding to museums, libraries, archives, historic sites, and other humanities-focused nonprofits impacted by the pandemic throughout Michigan.

Michigan Humanities Organizations Pandemic Emergency (H.O.P.E.) Grants of up to $10,000 are now available to provide general operating support with an emphasis on maintaining personnel.

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Water Rising is the October-long event that marries art with environmental concerns.  The Cedar Tree Institute and the interfaith Northern Great Lakes Water Stewards are teaming up with other local art and environmental organizations to present this unique art collaboration.  One of the local art organizations is the Fresh Coast Film Festival, which takes place concurrently.

Tiina Harris, director of the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center, came to Public Radio 90 to speak about a special film installation at the Center, that will also have its screening premiere at the Fresh Coast Film Festival, along with a special artist talk:

Kurt Hauswirth / Public Radio 90

Several events and collaborations are taking place in October 2019 revolving around art, writing, water stewardship and community engagement for Water Rising, a joining of artists Garth Evans and Leila Philip.  The Michigan Humanities Council allowed a grant for the effort, which includes connecting workshops and events from the artists with the Fresh Coast Film Festival, Marquette Arts & Culture Center, the NMU Art & Design program and more.

Pasqua Warstler, Tiina Harris and Abbie Hanson joined Kurt Hauswirth in studio to discuss how these events come together:

Cedar Tree Institute

Water Rising is a MI Humanities Council grant that brings a project by the same name here to the UP. The Cedar Tree Institute is the recipient of this grant. Cedar Tree Institute is a nonprofit organization in Marquette, providing services and initiating projects in the areas of mental health, religion, and the environment. Other partners include; Marquette's Arts & Culture division, NMU's College of Art & Design, the Fresh Coast Film Festival, and Superior Watershed Partnership.

Pasqua Warstler (Project Director and Grant Writer) and Jon Magnuson (Director of the Cedar Tree Institute and grant recipient) spoke with Kurt Hauswirth at Public Radio 90 about the project in an overview of what the grant will help achieve, and the events and collaborations of Water Rising:


Kekla Magoon is the author of ten young adult novels, and one of them was selected as the Michigan Humanities Council's Great Michigan Read (a book club for the entire state with a focus on a single book).  The book is "X: A Novel," by author Kekla Magoon, and along with Ilyasah Shabazz (one of Malcolm X's daughters), they tell a fictionalized account of Malcolm X as a young man.  The book also explores the Michigan roots of Malcolm X.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Several Upper Peninsula organizations have received grants from the Michigan Humanities Council.  

The money is awarded to Michigan nonprofits in support of cultural, educational, and community-based public humanities programming. 

Grants of $15,000 were given to the Alger County Historical Society, the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Delta County, the Museum of Ojibwa Culture in Mackinac County, and Northern Michigan University’s Beaumier Heritage Center.  Houghton County’s International Frisbee Hall of Fame and Museum received $8,400. 

Humanities grants given to several MI projects

May 26, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Humanities Council has announced nearly $600,000 in grants to 26 Michigan organizations to help promote cultural understanding.

The money represents the first round of funding for the Heritage Grants program, which supports projects that bring authentic voices of cultural groups to the foreground. It also seeks to help Michigan residents understand cultural differences by sharing local stories about race and cultural history.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Four Upper Peninsula nonprofit groups have received grants from the Michigan Humanities Council.  

Money is awarded annually to organizations that support cultural, educational and community-based public humanities programs. 

$15,000 was approved for the Calumet Theatre Company in Houghton County. 

In Chippewa County another $15,000 is slated for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society; $2,930 is going to Lake Superior State University; and $5,674 is going to the Bayliss Public Library in the Soo.