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.

You are invited to nominate candidates for consideration by the trustees as the recipient of the annual John Tyler Caldwell Award for the humanities.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, begins a year-long tour throughout North Carolina in February 2015.

The six Hometown Teams host sites include


The humanities can play a vital role in helping us to understand the human experience and to consider our obligations to one another.  The question of what we owe each other becomes particularly urgent when men and women serve in wartime.  For nearly the first time in a generation—since the War in Vietnam—Americans have lived with the ongoing consequences of war.  Since 2001 over two million American men and women have been deployed in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Like their predecessors, many recent military veterans have risked everything in serving their co

The North Carolina Humanities Council has elected Neva J. Specht as the new Chair and Timothy A. Minor as Vice Chair. Jonathan Buchan, Kip Frey, and Carol Vorhaus were elected to serve as trustees and assumed their role on the board in November. Abelia Ruiz Caraballo, Quentin Johnson, Jenne Norris, Misty Odell, and John Tayloe will all serve 6 year terms as Gubernatorial appointees.

The North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC) will move its administrative offices to Charlotte in early 2015, to take advantage of what its leaders believe are new and exciting opportunities for organizational development and collaborations in the state’s largest city.

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announces John Thomas York as the recipient of its 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award. Also, the Council awarded the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to the Friends of Buncombe County Libraries for their project “Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970.” Both awards were presented at the 2014 Caldwell Award ceremony at Wake Forest University on October 30.