Michigan Humanities awards over $210,000 to cultural programs

MANISTEE — Michigan projects tackling a range of humanities issues, including a conference, festival, exhibitions and oral traditions, received an increase in funding this month. A non-profit organization from Manistee is among them.

Michigan Humanities recently announced that 15 organizations have received grants totaling $210,620 to support public humanities programs. The council strives to bring people together through stories, stories, cultures and conversations.

The Manistee Area Racial Justice & Diversity Initiative received $15,000 for their Journey of Discovery: Honoring the Contributions of African Americans in Rural Michigan program.

“We are thrilled to be able to fund such interesting and diverse projects in communities throughout Michigan with this round of Humanities Grants,” said Jennifer Rupp, Michigan Humanities President and Chief Executive Officer, in a press release. “These projects bring to light the untold stories of our communities that are the fabric of Michigan history.”

The Manistee Group is planning a series of events for 2023.

“Black History Month provides us with an opportunity and an obligation to learn about, reflect on, and enhance the experiences and influences of African Americans here in our region,” said Lisa Allen, a member of the Manistee Area Racial Justice & Diversity Initiative who wrote the grant application, in one E-mail. “To become a more just and inclusive community, learning more from one another is critical and will create greater trust and lead to fairer, happier and more meaningful lives for all of us.”

The Manistee Area Racial Justice & Diversity Initiative, in partnership with the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Mansitee, will present a programming program in February highlighting past and present contributions of African Americans in rural Michigan.

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