Welcome to the North Carolina Humanities Council

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Founded in 1972, the North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities dedicated to exploring and celebrating our state’s heritage, history and people. Through programs and partnerships, the Council preserves and shares the stories that bring North Carolina’s culture to life and enrich the lives of residents across the state.


Our web calendar in the right-hand menu lists upcoming events and activities. All event dates and times are listed as they were submitted to the Council. Please contact the local project director listed on the event link to confirm details.

Participants will enjoy free access to two pre-selected books, virtual discussions with guest speakers and fellow readers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 5, 2020) – The North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC) is launching its Statewide Read program – a virtual book club for residents across the state – that dives headfirst into a highly topical subject, climate change, through preselected works of fiction.

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 2, 2020) The North Carolina Humanities Council is pleased to announce Mildred K Barya as the recipient of its 2020 Linda Flowers Literary Award for her creative non-fiction entry, “Being Here in This Body.”

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 18, 2020) – The North Carolina Humanities Council is pleased to announce $110,197 in Large Grant funding to eight community-based public humanities programs happening across North Carolina. Funded projects include hands-on history kits for students, heritage workshops, veterans’ oral history collection, and symposia for teachers on topics including Native experiences, the Holocaust, and civil rights.

North Carolina Center for the Book Announces Selection for 2020 Discover Great Places Through Reading

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 20, 2020) 
This article was amended September 2, 2020

The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $636,767 in NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant funding to 60 museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural nonprofit organizations across North Carolina.

This grant funding will directly support expenses such as staff salaries, general operating costs which support humanities programming, and the digitization of collections and resources to make them available online.

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 18, 2020) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has announced its 2020 panel of judges for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Judges were selected based on expertise and level of literary involvement in the state of North Carolina.

The Linda Flowers Literary Award is given to exceptional North Carolina authors whose work celebrates the North Carolina experience and conveys excellence in writing. Submissions will be accepted online from April 1-June 25, 2020 at www.nchumanities.org.