Funded Grants

An Oral History of School Desegration in Franklin County, NC

This project documents the stories and learns from the experiences of twelve local students, parents, and school personnel who were involved in the court-ordered desegretaion of the public schools in Franklin County, North Carolina, in 1967 and later. Franklin County Schools is one of only two North Carolina school systems still subject to court supervision. Interviews and transcripts are available on the Louisburg College's website.

Storied Voices: Sampling Southern Short Stories

This home-grown book discussion series for adult audiences takes the Let's Talk About book discussion series model and adapts it to the interest of the local community. During 5 bi-weekly, 2-hr meetings, participants will discuss short story collections by Southern writers, including William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, and Flannery O’Connor. The series includes readings and facilitated discussions that provide background on the authors and their works. Common questions for each collection will highlight the commonalities and differences of the works.

Remembering John Biggers

This grant supports programming to accompany an exhibit of John Biggers' work on display at Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts October 30, 2015 – January 31, 2016. Programming includes a panel discussion “A Conversation with Friends,” exploring the cultural significance and themes (ancestry, heritage, regionalism, spirituality) prevalent in the artist’s work. The panel includes scholar Brooke Davis Anderson; Durham artist Vandorn Hinnant; Biggers’ nephew and mentee, James Bigger, and Simon Atkins Alexander, collector and one of Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts founder. Youth authors and advocates from Authoring Action will interpret Biggers’ work for a modern audience.

Virtual Martin Luther King Project: A Digital Humanities Public Installation

Sponsored by NC State University

The Virtual Martin Luther King Project will develop a digitally rendered visual model of the original White Rock Baptist Church sanctuary in Durham to create a full immersive digital experience of Dr. King’s 1960 Fill Up the Jails speech. The project includes a launch for students and a public exhibition at the Church.

Exploring African American Culture Through the Works of Eleanora E. Tate

This series of programs explores African American heritage, history, and culture through selected works of local author Eleanora E. Tate. Programs include: tour of Raleigh exploring the importance of the local African American events and landmarks in one of the book; storytelling and performance celebrating the role of historical figures, ancestors, and family members within the community; and a film screening exploring the importance of family and community to help children overcome challenges and obstacles.

Women in North Carolina History

This planning grant provides funds to support preliminary research on the feasibility to create a collaborative traveling exhibit on North Carolina Women and their contributions. The North Carolina Museum of History is a consulting partner. Potential partner sites include the Charlotte Hawkins Brown State Historic Site and the Ava Gardner Museum.

Luke Haynes Lecture

This grant supported a lecture in October 2015 with artist Luke Haynes. The artist is featured in Museum's exhibit Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters. The lecture explored the aesthetics and techniques that men bring to this craft traditionally viewed as female. Topics included: the complex relationship between tradition, gender, gender identity and quilting, as well as the fine line between art and craft.

A Home on the Field for All: Author Paul Cuadros

Meet Paul Cuadros, author of a A Home on the Field: How One Championship Soccer Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America.  An autograph session with Cuadros will immediately follow the lecture. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask questions at the event.

Charlotte Teachers Institute- Exploding Canons: NUEVOlution!

The next program in Charlotte Teachers Institute’s flagship speakers series is offered in partnership with the Museum and the new exhibit   ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South.  

Exploding Canons: ¡NUEVOlution! will feature expert representatives from Davidson College, UNC Charlotte, Queens University and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools exploring Latinos and the New South from a variety of perspectives: demographics, politics, art, poetry as well as the lived experience.  The program also includes a reception and admission to the ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South exhibit. 

Featured discussion topics include: 

  • Charlotte: America's New Immigrant Gateway Model – Owen Furuseth, Associate Provost and Professor of Geography, UNC Charlotte
  • Cultural Geographies, Gender, and Chicana Memory: Amalia Mesa-Bains – Magdalena Maiz-Peña, Professor of Hispanic Studies/Latin American Studies, Davidson College
  • De Aquí y de Allá: Creando Identidad en el Nuevo Sur – Oliver Merino, Latino New South Coordinator, Levine Museum of the New South
  • Latina Finds Inspiration In The Queen City: Race, Language, and Cultural Literacy – Kurma Murrain, English as Second Language Teacher, West Charlotte High School
  • The Train Has Left the Station: You’d Better Climb on Board – Gregory Weeks, Chair and Professor of Political Science, UNC Charlotte

Free and open to public. Registration required

Postcolonial Humanities: Crossing Borders, Making Connections

How do the life stories of colonized peoples reclaim and transform the humanities for a potscolonial world? Come explore how the humanities shape postcolonial society and what it means to be human.

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