Welcome to the North Carolina Humanities Council

Since 1972 the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has made the humanities a comerstone of public life. Take a look at what the Humanities Council offers your community, use the calendar to locate an event, consider applying for a grant, or contact the staff to find out where and how the Council is at work across the state.

North Carolina Humanities Council trustees have selected Harvey Gantt as the recipient of the 2015 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council’s most prestigious public humanities honor. The award recognizes Gantt for his lifelong achievements as an advocate for the public humanities across North Carolina. The Caldwell Award ceremony will be held on October 15, 2015, at the Mint Museum in Uptown, Charlotte at 6:00 pm. A reception will follow at the Harvey Gantt Center. The events are free and open to the public. RSVP is required due to space limitation.

The North Carolina Humanities Council has selected Wilkes Central High School’s project “Hammer Down” and the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County’s “Invisible Wounds of War” as the recipients of the Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War grants for the spring cycle. Standing Together is an initiative launched by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to promote the understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans.

A Day-Long Teacher Training Institute for Middle and High School Educators

Serious Games is an exciting, day-long professional learning opportunity to fill your toolbox with methods to use technology to invigorate your teaching practice and engage student learning. This workshop is for Middle and High School Educators.

The humanities can play an important role in articulating the unique issues and concerns faced by veterans. The North Carolina Humanities Council's Veterans Book Groups provides access to the humanities through stories, literature and poetry which foster connections and provide context for veterans to explore issues regarding military service. The North Carolina Humanities Council is proud to offer this small-group reading and discussion series to the veterans in our state as a place where they can reflect on their experiences together.

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites nominations for North Carolina Humanities Council trustees. Candidates must be North Carolina residents committed to advancing the North Carolina Humanities Council’s mission to serve as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life and to facilitate the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

Photos from the Hometown Teams Exhibit at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, which will run from June 4 - July 19.

Hometown Teams combines the prestige of the Smithsonian Institution, the program expertise of the North Carolina Humanities Council, and the remarkable volunteerism and unique histories of small rural towns to invigorate communities with the opportunity to host popular public events and cultural projects.