Funded Grants

Scholar's for NC's Future Speaker’s Bureau

This award supports the launch of a new project: Scholars for North Carolina’s Future Speaker's Bureau, which will engage scholars and diverse audiences in high-level, thought-provoking discussions on both current events and state history as it influences us today. Funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council will support four community events featuring interactive presentations from distinguished NC scholars.

Haywood Heritage: Honoring the Past, Heralding the Future

This grant supports a celebration of the Haywood County library’s 125th anniversary via storytelling, poetry readings, a hands-on workshop, and exhibits that reflect Haywood County’s mountain heritage. Headliners include two County natives: poet Fred Chappell and storyteller and  Donald Davis. The project includes an exhibit of historical and literary works and photographs at all four County library branches in partnership with the Haywood County Arts Council.

This is My Home Educational Tour

This grant supports a tour and presentation of This is My Home Now, a 26-minute documentary exploring the lives of four youths from three Montagnard immigrant families who have fled their homelands in Southeast Asia to forge a new future in North Carolina. The project includes a documentary film screening and a panel discussion for students, as well as a film tour to educate audiences about the social issues surrounding immigration.

Project timeline: April 1, 2016 - May 30, 2016

Oral History at Renaissance West

This project supports oral history collection in the Renaissance West and Little Rock Road Housing Communities by community middle and high school students. Students will collect stories from community senior citizens then participate in a free summer camp to digitally archive them.

Swann and School Segregation in Charlotte

Sponsored by Scalawag

Supports one of a series of events across the state that extend the impact of articles published by Scalawag, Education NC, and Charlotte magazine, examining the state of diversity and equity in North Carolina public schools. This series is presented on the 45th anniversary of Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, the Supreme Court case that led to busing in public schools across the county as a means of integration. NCHC funds supports an "unconference" at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte where a very diverse audience will be able to actively engage in conversation about the topic. Partners include the Levine Museum of the New South, MeckEd, Community Building Initiative, EdNC, Charlotte magazine, Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation as well as students in the Charlotte Youth Council.

Project Timeline: May 16, 2016 - Fall 2016

Hammer Down

Sponsored by Wilkes Central High School

Wilkes Central High School social studies department, in cooperation with North Carolina National Guard Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) will produce a documentary chronicling the stories of North Carolina Veterans who served during the OIF deployment from May 2005 - August 2006. The goal of the project is to educate the public about North Carolina veterans and spark positive conversations which will connect the community to veterans.  This project consists of two events: a one-day workshop for area high school teachers to integrate the film and its humanities themes into history curriculum, and a community night in partnership with Appalachian Regional Library, Wilkes County Art Gallery and the Liberty Theater to help audiences experience war as a soldier in this unit.

Project timeline: August 1, 2015 - May 30, 2016

Jane Austen Summer Program

This grant provides scholarships to  8 middle and high school educators to attend the 4-day residential Jane Austen Summer Symposium for free. This year’s Symposium focuses on Austen’s Mansfield Park. Symposium includes a plenary presentation by noted scholars from various universities throughout the country, round table discussions addressing historical and contextual issues on the history, politics, material culture, music, dance, science, religion, and the politics of Regency society, as well as topic in English and comparative literature.

How they Got Over

This grant supports part of an 87-minute documentary film and web project that uses history, musicology, music history, and cultural studies to explore the story of African-American gospel quartets from the 1920s through the music’s golden age ending in the 1960s. Council funds support the completion of a section of the film about the Sensational Nightingales, a very successful group led by North Carolinian JoJo Wallace, and the screening of the film at UNC Chapel Hill at the invitation of Dr. Bill Ferris, with participation of the filmmaker and JoJo Wallace.

Latina/o Speakers Series Talks with J. Ortiz Cofer

This project brings nationally acclaimed Puerto Rican writer Judith Ortiz Cofer to campus for a two-day discussion on Latinas/os in the South. Cofer has lived in Georgia for over 20 years and has close ties to this region. Includes a keynote address, a discussion series for students, and at least one classroom visit.

St. Benedict’s the Moor Catholic Church Memorial Day Project

Sponsored by St. Benedict’s the Moor Catholic Church

This project honors deceased African American Veterans buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, an African American cemetery in Winston-Salem, and deceased Veterans who were members of St. Benedict’s. The project engages high school students, mentored by Winston-Salem State University students, in learning to conduct genealogical research and developing materials from that research. It also includes a Memorial Day Parade and Program highlighting five Veteran community scholars and student research findings, and the preservation and dissemination of materials.