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      Grant funding planned for four Upper Michigan organizations

      The Michigan Humanities Council announced Thursday that $271,325 in grant funding will be distributed to 27 organizations, including four in the Upper Peninsula.

      Lake Superior State University, the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center and the Marquette Regional History Center will receive grant funding through MHC.

      The funding will go toward projects exploring history, poetry, reading, education and community identity across the state.

      â??In a period of dwindling support for cultural programming at museums, schools, libraries and other community organizations, the Council continues its funding of humanities programs across the state,â?? said Erik Nordberg, executive director of the Michigan Humanities Council. â??We know that these projects not only educate, inform, and enrich local audiences in these communities, but also attract visitors, support community development, and build capacity in organizations around the state.â??

      Below is a list of each county and organization, along with the total they are receiving. The 27 chosen organizations were selected from 48 applicants.

      AlpenaAlpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library - $14,952.40Northeast Michigan Center for Fine Arts, Inc. (Art in the Loft) - $15,000

      BayDelta College - $3,000Saginaw Valley State University - $13,250

      ChippewaLake Superior State University - $2,800

      DeltaWilliam Bonifas Fine Arts Center - $15,000

      Emmet Contemporary Learning Systems, Inc. - $7,500Grand TraverseGrand Traverse Bay Alliance, operating as Discovery Center â?? Great Lakes - $9,350

      InghamLibrary of Michigan - $15,000Michigan State University - $15,000Michigan State University - $3,850Michigan Womenâ??s Historical Center & Hall of Fame - $10,000Progressive Empowerment Education Resources Services (P.E.E.R.S.) - $5,900

      MarquetteBeaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center - $9,215Marquette Regional History Center - $5,000

      MidlandMidland Center for the Arts, Inc. - $12,600

      OaklandCity of Rochester Hills, Michigan: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm - $3,250Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings - $15,000Detroit Educational Television Foundation - $15,000Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit - $15,000Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools - $13,195

      WashtenawKerrytown Bookfest - $4,925Performance Network of Ann Arbor - $10,250Ypsilanti Historical Society - $4,750

      WayneCharles H. Wright Museum of African American History - $15,000Detroit Historical Society - $2,538InsideOut Literary Arts Project - $15,000