Recipients of Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War Announced

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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 purpose of the Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War grant is to draw on the power of the humanities to support advanced scholarship in the humanities that explores war and its aftermath; to promote discussion and deepen understanding of the experiences of those Americans affiliated with the armed services, whether active duty or veterans; and to support returning veterans and their families. 

Led by the high school social studies department in cooperation with the North Carolina National Guard Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Wilkes Central High School submitted “Hammer Down,” a project that will use primary source data and interviews to produce a documentary film chronicling stories of North Carolina veterans of OIF. The central focus of the project will be on the effects of war on individuals, communities, and cultures in order to show a realistic portrayal of war rather than the glamorized image that Hollywood displays of military life. There will be two programs featured: a one-day workshop for area high school teachers to integrate the film and its humanities themes into their history curriculum; and a community night in partnership with Appalachian Regional Library, Wilkes County Art Gallery, and the Liberty Theater to help audiences experience war as a soldier.

“Invisible Wounds of War,” submitted by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, will highlight the invisible wounds of war (psychological, moral, and spiritual). The project will develop an appreciation of the war experience, loss, and voice of recent veterans. “Invisible Wounds of War” will run from July 15 – December 15, at UNC Wilmington’s library, which will include a 4-hour writing workshop for veterans about their war experience; photographs of those veterans; a collection of photographs from their service; engagement of regional veterans through a writing prompt; and exhibition of all artifacts. The project will also host a series of workshops, lectures and book readings to provide avenues for reconciling these invisible wounds of war.

The Humanities Council will accept another round of Standing Together grant proposals for its fall cycle with mandatory draft proposals due August 15, 2015 and final proposals due September 15, 2015. Awards will be announced in November 2015. Applicants can request up to $5,000 in funding. Proposals should have a focus on North Carolina veterans and, through the humanities, explore of war and its aftermath. For information on the Standing Together grant application process visit the North Carolina Humanities Council website:  or contact Banu Valladares, Program and Grants Administrator at