A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), federal agencies whose grants to individuals and organizations in Michigan have made transformative and lasting impacts on our state's cultural landscape.
Coordinated by the MSU College of Arts & Letters, the Cultural Engagement Council/MSU University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan Humanities Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Creative Many Michigan, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and Michigan State University Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program.
We will be celebrating their 50th anniversary on Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts Cobb Hall Theatre with presentations from national and local speakers. We will be highlighting individual stories about artists across Michigan and how the funding support from either the NEA or the NEH helped to make a difference in their lives and communities. Also, the Michigan State University Museum will be hosting a companion exhibition featuring the seven Michigan recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship awards.
Wharton Center for Performing Arts
Cobb Hall Theatre
The evening's free events will consist of national and local speakers, performers and poets. In the lobby on display will be featured Grant Funded Projects by Michigan based artists, faculty, and organizations.
Nathan Triplett, Mayor of East Lansing, will be our Master of Ceremonies and will share the stage with:
Dean Christopher P. Long, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters
Dr. Beth Bienvenu, NEA Accessibility Director
Barry Bergey, Former Folk & Traditional Arts Director NEA
Coral Brantly, 2015 MI State Champion Poetry Out Loud
Joshua Davis, Theatre alumnus and finalist on The Voice, Season 8
Nadim Dlaikan, 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellow
Bill Ivey, Former Chairman NEA
Peggy Plympton, Deputy Chairman NEH
Yvonne Walker Keshick, 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow
The Lansing Art Gallery will feature Michigan artists and have their work on display in the lobby.
The Michigan State University Museum is also hosting a companion exhibition featuring the seven Michigan recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship awards.
Photo: President Johnson signs the legislation that created the NEA and NEH in 1965.