Funded Grants

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.

Honoring Aggie Military Veterans, Past and Present in 2016

Situated during the 125th Anniversary Celebrations of NC A&T State University, this series of programs highlights the contributions of African American Veterans, both during their in-service military years and at NCA&T and engages students in research, faculty in innovative course design and curriculum development, and connects with the community. Through multimedia presentations, brochures, brown bag discussions, two lectures, and a ceremony to commemorate NCA&T Veterans, this program will explore recent global military conflicts, reflections/reporting of such conflicts in news and social media, and connections between NCA&T and the civil rights movement. Resources created for this program will be incorporated into future A&T classes and will be shared with other HBCUs and organizations, creating a larger impact for the project.

Arts & Humanities Deployed – Writer-in-Residence, Charles George VA Medical Center

Sponsored by Asheville Buncombe Sustainable Community Initiatives (ABSCI)

This 6-month writing program led by former North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will meet with approximately 30 Vietnam Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome to process the Veterans’ war experiences. To extend the impact of the program to the larger community, Bathanti will also curate an anthology and readers’ theater script based on the Veterans’ work. This project builds on two successful programs at CGVAMC: Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care funded by NCHC, and a pilot writing program with the same scholar. “Arts & Humanities Deployed” is part of a national model that advocates for the role of the arts and the humanities in the recovery and healing of Veterans who carry the wounds of war.

This grant was awarded as part of the North Carolina Humanities Council's Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War grant project.

We Are the Music Makers Blues Revue

We Are the Music Makers Blues Revue is a performance that accompanies Music Maker Relief Foundation's We Are the Music Makers! multi-media photography exhibit at Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts Center. This project provided an educational presentation on North Carolina music, and a live roots music experience, free, to a diverse audience. Senior musicians performing at the program and their music are also part of the exhibit.

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.

Click here to read and hear more about the stories uncovered!

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.