Funded Grants

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.

Growing Global Teachers and Leaders: Global Ambassadors and NC Global Educator Digital Badge Candidates

Sponsored by Center for Diversity Education and Buncombe County Schools

This grant supports a professional development project for approximately 20 educators around global education and cultural competency led by educators Carrie Wagner and Tiece Ruffin. Includes two workshops and one seminar.

We Are the Music Makers Blues Revue

This program accompanies the multi-media exhibit We Are the Music Makers documenting Roots music in NC. The program includes an educational presentation by scholar Tim Duffy on the history of roots music and a performance by musicians on the exhibit. The exhibit will be displayed at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte from September 11, 2015 – April 24, 2016.

Battle of Forks Road Interpretive Project

Sponsored by Cameron Art Museum

The Cameron Art Museum's Battle of Forks Road Interpretive Project explores the little-known story of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and the Battle of Forks Road, as well as the impact the USCT victory had on the Cape Fear region and its future. By harnessing the power of personal narratives of those directly involved, the project helps the public see how their lives are tied to past events and foster a deeper understanding of the present. The project includes the research and development of personal narratives of those connected to the story of the Battle of Forks Road; filmed interviews with scholars, descendants, and others; a short film; the performance of these narratives at the Cameron Museum as part of the North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial celebration, and the inclusion of these narratives in a website along with lesson plans for educators.

Community Read – “Orphan Train”

This grant supports High Point’s first Community Read centered on the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker. Program includes 4 months of activities, including book discussions, art exhibits, artifact displays and programs based on the book’s themes – including an author’s reading in April 2016.

The Future We Remember: A Scholar Conversation at SECCA

This project showcases five public conversations with North Carolina scholars exploring the intersections among the humanities and the sciences, informed by SECCA's exhibit The Future We Remember. The exhibit brings together contemporary artists whose work “offers fictions and fantasies of what culture, technology, and ecology could become.” Through monthly conversations, scholars will help audiences to interpret items in a time capsule selected by exhibit artists. Each talk looks at the objects from a different discipline: anthropology, physics/astronomy, biology/regenerative medicine, and poetry, and invites participants to explore how imagining the future may open a space of possibility to intervene in the present.

Unmapping Rosedale

Sponsored by Historic Rosedale

This is the second part of a four-part project that works with professionals to conduct research and collect data that will ultimately help tell the stories of those who lived, worked, and traveled through, to, or at Historic Rosedale Plantation.