Michigan Humanities Council Awarded Two Grants Totaling $110,000
LANSING— The Michigan Humanities Council has been awarded two grants totaling $110,000 from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant funds will be used to support two programs produced in partnership between the councils – the Arts & Humanities Touring Program and Poetry Out Loud.
“The Michigan Humanities Council and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs enjoy a unique partnership,” said Robbe DiPietro, acting executive director for the Humanities Council. “Our cooperation has enabled us to provide two powerful programs, reaching communities throughout the state and integrating arts and humanities into our culture and livelihood.
“The Humanities Council has been working diligently to increase the number of high school students participating in Poetry Out Loud and to bring more quality performing arts to schools, libraries and festivals across the state. With critical funding from MCACA and individual donors, corporations and foundations, we are ensuring that more Michigan children and adults have an opportunity to experience and benefit from humanities programs.”
The first grant, totaling $60,000, will be re-granted for the Arts & Humanities Touring Program. The program, which features a juried directory of Michigan’s top arts and humanities performers, awards grants to nonprofit organizations in order to offset the cost of bringing these performers into their communities.
The second grant, totaling $50,000, will be split between administrative and directory costs of the Touring program, and implementation of Poetry Out Loud. Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation competition for high school students. Each participating school hosts a competition and sends their winner to the statewide competition. The state champion receives an all-expense-paid trip to compete in the national championship in Washington, D.C., and the chance to win a $20,000 college scholarship.
This grant award by the MCACA is a portion of $6.1 million the organization will distribute in 2013 to art agencies with regional, state and local missions.
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