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Dear Friend of the Humanities,

We at the Michigan Humanities Council closely watched with growing concern as the longest government shutdown in US history stretched on to 35 days. Our primary funder, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), was directly affected, and in turn, so was our Council.

Michigan Humanities Council is one of 56 councils across the country, and we believe in public humanities now more than ever. Understanding one another through discussion, history, cultural activity, and literature is crucial in a divisive, coarse world.

We want to express our deep appreciation for the wonderful corporate, state, and individual donors who support our work. Poetry Out Loud will go on as scheduled on March 1 and 2 thanks to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Meijer, and Liesel Litzenburger Meijer Fund. Thank you for your support.

Please be assured that we value our local partners beyond measure. Let's keep working together to bring the mission of understanding what makes us human to every small town and big city in Michigan. Michigan Humanities Council is continuing business as usual at this time, and if our future grants and programs are delayed or affected in the coming weeks, you will be the first to know.

We genuinely appreciate your partnership and we look forward to our continued work together!

Sincerely,

Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki
President & CEO

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