WSCC awarded humanities grant for Humankind series

The James Lommasson’s exhibit “What We Carried” opened the Humankind series at West Shore Community College in September. The year-long Humankind series will focus on the Middle East and feature literature, art, music, speakers and discussions. (Courtesy photo)

The James Lommasson’s exhibit “What We Carried” opened the Humankind series at West Shore Community College in September. The year-long Humankind series will focus on the Middle East and feature literature, art, music, speakers and discussions. (Courtesy photo)

SCOTTVILLE – The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) has announced that West Shore Community College is the recipient of a $15,000 grant in support of the college’s Humankind series.

Year two of the series is focusing on the cultural, social and political parallels between the Middle East and the U.S. The series of lectures, exhibits, activities and performances provides diverse perspectives on

Eleven-time, Grammy nominated composer Simon Shaheen and his quintet Qantara performed at West Shore Community College this month as part of the Performing Arts and Humankind Series. (Courtesy photo)

Eleven-time, Grammy nominated composer Simon Shaheen and his quintet Qantara performed at West Shore Community College this month as part of the Performing Arts and Humankind Series. (Courtesy photo)

a region of the world that sparks many debates and controversies.

In the first year, the series featured Sub Saharan Africa and year three will focus on Cuba.

In addition to this direct support, the college was required to present matching cash or in-kind cost share, bringing at least an additional $15,000 to the table. This major grant cycle, the humanities grants, support projects exploring history, poetry, reading, education and community identity.

“Humanities grants are more critical than ever to keep quality cultural programs in our local communities,” said James Nelson, MHC program officer. “These grants play a vital role in defining our culture, our state, our community and ourselves, and are intended to connect us to Michigan’s rich cultural heritage and historical resources.”

He said the review committee loved the detail in the college’s grant application, as well as other aspects.

“The variety of projects, the clear humanities focus, and how cleanly delineated everything was on the whole,” he said. “We are impressed with the human stories that will come to life in the series.”

Humanities grants are awarded to Michigan nonprofits in support of cultural, educational and community-based public humanities programming.

“We are grateful for the council’s support of our series. We recognize some community members and students may already know quite a bit about the regions we are exploring while others may know very little. Everyone will learn something and we are confident the series will expand our world view and how we are all connected to the regions we are studying,” said Dr. Brooke Portmann, dean of arts and sciences and one of the series organizers.

For information about the entire Humankind series, contact humankind@westshore.edu or call (231) 845-6211. All Humankind events are free and open to the public.

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