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Virtual Writing Contest Opens April 1, 2020

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 30, 2020) – The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide cultural nonprofit, invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for its 2020 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The award is given to exceptional North Carolina authors whose work celebrates the North Carolina experience and conveys excellence in writing. Submissions will be accepted online from April 1-June 25, 2020 at www.nchumanities.org.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) & Public Safety Concerns

Charlotte, NC (March 26, 2020)

Dear Friends, 

I begin this note to you with a quote from Helen Keller that I am personally drawing inspiration from during these times, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  

As we have all been affected by COVID-19 in some way, I write to assure you that the North Carolina Humanities Council stands with you in solidarity and in strength. Through these uncertain times I believe the public humanities has an important role to play in keeping our lives grounded and our spirits up. In a period of social distancing, may the things that make us human keep us connected. May our stories, our cultures and our community help us through this difficult time.

At the North Carolina Humanities Council we have been closely monitoring the situation of COVID-19 and assure you that we remain committed to prioritizing the health and safety of all North Carolinians including our staff, board, partners, grantees and program participants.

In keeping with federal and state guidelines, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person North Carolina Humanities Council events and programs through May 31, 2020.

We know that for most, these programs are an opportunity to come together in physical spaces to learn, exchange ideas and share in new perspectives, but we believe that this decision will best serve the public health of our North Carolina communities. As we begin to adapt to a more virtual space in the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing online humanities resources and virtual program opportunities with you to keep us all connected and learning.

As COVID-19 news is updated daily, sometimes hourly, we will continue to provide updates regarding all Council affairs on our website.

Below, please find our most recent actions taken to protect the health and safety of our program partners.

For now, the Council’s office operations will continue as normal. However, in the interest of keeping our staff safe and to limit and delay infection, our physical office is closed until further notice and staff are working remotely. The best way to contact our staff at this time is by email. All staff information can be found on our website at http://www.nchumanities.org/staff.

You and your families remain in our thoughts.

Stay well,

Sherry Paula Watkins | Executive Director  

Health and Safety Update for Programs

All host sites, scholars and grantees will receive further communication from our organization about how our decision to cancel all in-person programs and events through May 31 will impact them. 

Our decision to cancel in-person programs and events was not made lightly. However, the benefits of swift and preventative measures ordered by Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Orders and the President’s March 16 guidelines to avoid groups of more than 10 people, guided our decision making.

We recognize the difficulties that may result from canceled events. We are committed to working with our program partners one-on-one to address any issues that might arise during this time.

We continue to advocate that our partners and grantees follow recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. If you are planning to attend humanities programs, please check directly with the host site of the event for up-to-date cancelations.

As this is a fluid situation, our approach and policies are subject to change. Thank you for flexibility, cooperation and understanding.

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2019 Linda Flowers Literary Award Recipient Announced

CHARLOTTE, NC (December 16, 2019) –On November 9, the North Carolina Humanities Council announced Shirlette Ammons as the recipient of its 2019 Linda Flowers Literary Award for her expert entry from “Labor of Love: A Personal Travelogue of Black Labor.”

New Board Chair Leadership to Usher in New Trustees

Ten New Trustees Join the Board of the North Carolina Humanities Council

North Carolina Humanities Council Awards Over $58,000 to NC Non Profits

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 20, 2019) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $59,629 in grant funding through its 2019 Large Grant program to three North Carolina nonprofits for community based public humanities programs.

2019 Caldwell Award Event Tickets Now Available

2019 Caldwell Award event tickets are available now! The North Carolina Humanities Council will present Jaki Shelton Green with the 2019 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities on October 2, 2019 in Chapel Hill.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

      Click Here to Register

 

North Carolina’s Sherry Paula Watkins Looks to Encourage Civility in Conversation

Originally published as "Executive Function with Sherry Paula Watkins" in the Summer 2019 issue of Humanities magazine, a publication of the National Endowment for the Humanities

The humanities have the power to heal.

That’s Sherry Paula Watkins’s message. And, after spending a few minutes with the executive director of the North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC), you’re persuaded.

Humanities Program Excellence Award Presented to I AM not the MEdia, Inc

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 8, 2019) – The North Carolina Humanities Council’s Board of Trustees has selected I AM not the MEdia and their Fall 2018 “Cyber Citizen Series” program as the recipient of the 2019 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities.

The Council’s Board of Trustees selected I AM not the MEdia because of “Cyber Citizen Series’” commitment to youth programming and focus on building critical thinking skills among teens. The 2019 Gradin Award will be presented in Charlotte this December.

Linda Flowers Award Judges Announced

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 11, 2019) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has announced its 2019 panel of judges for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Judges were selected based on level of literary involvement in the state of North Carolina.

Submissions of original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry will be accepted for the award through June 28, 2019. For guidelines or to apply, please click here.

North Carolina’s Letters About Literature Winners Announced

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 6, 2019) – The North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the North Carolina Humanities Council, is pleased to announce the 2019 winners for the state-wide Letters About Literature competition. The competition asks students in grades 4-12 to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author about how the work affected them.

Out of the hundreds of entries received, the selected North Carolina winners are: