Three U.P. organizations receive Heritage Grants

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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) The Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to announce nearly $650,000 in grants to 28 cultural organizations in Michigan under our Heritage Grants Program.

The Baraga County Historical Society in Baraga, Right Start UP in Hancock and Chaldean Heritage Foundation of Escanaba were among those receiving grants.

These grants will support a variety of projects that use history and humanities approaches to shed light on present-day social issues as they relate to the intersection of ethnic identity, racial equity, and cultural heritage. Each of the projects will bring forward the voices of groups that are often marginalized to share their stories and record their history in ways that are meaningful and impactful in their communities.

“The Heritage Grant awards will fund a variety of excellent projects that bring authentic voices to critical racial, ethnic and cultural issues throughout Michigan,” said Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director of the Council. “We are honored to partner with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to engage in this work.”

The funded projects include oral histories, exhibits, digital archives, documentaries, performances, school programs, and community conversations that share and preserve the experiences of Michigan’s diverse people. The grants will engage organizations and individuals throughout Michigan at the local level by establishing connections across racial and cultural lines to promote healing and racial equity. The programs will take place throughout a 1-year grant period, and awards span the entire state - from Metro Detroit to the Keweenaw Peninsula. Together, the projects work toward deepening our understanding of Michigan’s people by bringing a diverse set of stories and experiences to the foreground.

MHC received 68 eligible applications for consideration with total requests of over $2 million.

The Heritage Grant Program is made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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