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.

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.

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.

History

The North Carolina Humanities Council was privileged to have Linda Flowers as one of its members from 1992 to 1998. During the years we shared with her, she taught us many things. Above all, Linda showed us what it means to live by one’s belief that “the humanistic apprehension is as necessary for living fully as anything else. Education in the humanities,” she wrote, “is equipment for living.”

The Wake Forest Historical Museum proudly presents Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a fascinating traveling exhibition brought to us by the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution.

After two years of preparation and planning, the exhibition launched with an April 16th Preview Party. Sponsors and invited guests gathered to celebrate before going inside for the first official glimpse of the 800 square foot exhibition.