LANSING— Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to announce that it was the recipient of a $40,000 award from Meijer to sponsor the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read. The donation will be used toward general program funding – such as books, program and promotion materials, and author tour costs. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter has supported or participated in the program since it began in 2007.

“Meijer is delighted to continue our partnership with the Michigan Humanities Council as it fosters appreciation and understanding of our great state,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “And what better way to achieve this than by offering an adventure for all ages through the Great Michigan Read.”

The Great Michigan Read is a statewide reading and discussion program that aims to cultivate a shared understanding of who we are as Michiganians. Previous support from Meijer allowed MHC to provide book kits to nonprofit partners – kits include up to 30 copies of the selected title, along with reader’s and teacher’s guides.

“Meijer has deep roots in Michigan, and its regular sponsorship of the Great Michigan Read reflects that history and sense of place that is explored and celebrated in all of the Michigan Humanities Council’s programs,” said Council Board Chair Timothy Chester.

The bi-annual program and its discussions surround a single title – typically a book written about Michigan or by a Michigan author. MHC partners with hundreds of schools, libraries, religious organizations and other nonprofits to facilitate discussions, reading programs, lectures and much more.

The 2011-12 Great Michigan Read drew 300 partners and reached 53 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Partnerships with MLive Media Group and the Detroit Free Press enabled MHC to reach more Michiganians through newspaper inserts, and the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion presented a traveling exhibit that presented themes from that year’s title: Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle.

MHC plans to announce the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read title in the Spring with program implementation in the Fall.

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. The Council was founded in 1974 and is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and individual donors. For more information on future programs, upcoming grant opportunities or how you can support these efforts, please visit or call (517) 372-7770.

Source: Press Release

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