North Carolina Humanities Council Grants $44,952 in Funding Statewide

2012 BOOKMARKS Festival in Winston-Salem

The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $44,952 in grants for projects in the humanities. All funded programs are free and open to the public.

Projects supported by the North Carolina Humanities Council are vital to its commitment to serve as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life. Through grants and public programs, the Humanities Council facilitates the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

The following organizations received funding. For more information on each project or to request an interview, please contact the project directors as indicated below:

$7,452 to Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc. of Asheville for Lasting Gifts and The Black Mountain College Program Series.
For 24 years, Black Mountain College near Asheville fostered important ideas that still have an impact on art and popular culture today. It was there that Josef Albers perfected his courses in color theory, Buckminster Fuller created his first geodesic dome, Merce Cunningham formed his dance company, and John Cage staged his first “happening.” In honor of the 80th anniversary of its establishment, the Asheville Art Museum presents Lasting Gifts and The Black Mountain College Program Series. In addition to the Lasting Gifts exhibition on view from July 27, 2013 –January 19, 2014, the program series will provide context, understanding and discussion of the contributions of Black Mountain College to North Carolina and beyond.

Contact: Lauren Bellard, Curatorial Assistant, 828-253-3227, extension 111,

$9,000 to Center for Cultural Preservation, Inc. of Hendersonville for Connecting with the Elders – Southern Appalachian Sustainability.
This project seeks to collect and document oral histories of the traditional lifestyles of Southern Appalachia. Residents of Southern Appalachia met their basic needs in unique and diverse ways that are in danger of being lost through the passing of community elders and the advent of modern technology that tends to marginalize the old folkways. A documentary will be produced suitable for public TV, and public programs throughout the state will present both the oral histories and demonstrations of some of the folkways described in the oral histories.

Contact: David Weintraub, Executive Director, 828-692-8062,

$5,000 to Wilson Downtown Properties of Wilson for Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Project Documentary.
Humanities scholars Sally Peterson and Brendan Graves will expand on prior footage and interviews with Vollis Simpson, the recently deceased creator of world-renowned whirligig windmills. The project will interview friends, family, colleagues, and community members to expand and present the narrative of Vollis Simpson as a creator, machinist, and a vital part of the Wilson, NC community.

Contact: Jenny Moore, Project Manager, 252-243-8440,

$10,000 to Maysles Institute, Inc. of New York City for James Baldwin Transmedia Project.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of James Baldwin’s death, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Maysles Institute has launched the James Baldwin Transmedia Project. The project seeks to restore, enhance, and digitize the award-winning documentary James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, along with hosting public programing throughout North Carolina with scholars Maya Angelou and Randell Kenan, and the rebroadcast of the new documentary on WUNC-TV.

Contact: Karen Thorsen, Producer/Director, 203-261-4747,

$10,000 to North Carolina Folklife Institute of Durham for 2013 Statewide Traditional Arts Summit and Folklife Celebration.
The 2013 Statewide Folklife Summit: Strong Roots & Folklife Futures and the Statewide Folklife Festival will bring traditional artists, cultural organizations, academic programs, working folklorists, arts councils, and local documentarians from across the state together to train, share, teach, exhibit, and perform North Carolina’s diverse cultural traditions.  The North Carolina Folklife Institute and the North Carolina Folklore Society, in collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of American Studies, will host the summit and festival September 26-28, 2013 in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Contact: Joy M. Salyers, Executive Director, 919-383-6040,

$3,500 to BOOKMARKS of Winston-Salem for BOOKMARKS Festival of Books. BOOKMARKS Festival of Books is the largest annual free-to-the-public literary festival in North Carolina. The 2013 Festival will be held on September 7 in the Downtown Arts District of Winston-Salem. Over 30 local, regional and nationally renowned authors, illustrators, storytellers, and chefs, including storyteller Bill Harley and authors Jill McCorkle and James McPherson, will participate in presentations, panel discussions, book signings, and workshops geared to all ages.

Contact: Ginger Hendricks, Executive Director, 336-747-1471,