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Humanities Council Invests $57,486 in Cultural Projects Statewide

The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $57,486 in grants for projects in the humanities. All funded programs are free and open to the public.  

The Durham Library Foundation will receive $9,916 for Bull City Soul Revival, a collaboration of musicians and scholars to showcase the history of Soul in Durham. This month-long community project debuts March 27, 2012. It includes a display of artifacts,

Announcing 2011 Linda Flowers Literary Award Recipient

Nancy Dew Taylor's "Mill Creek Suite" -- a sequence of poems about a young married couple living on a farm near Old Fort, NC, in the early part of the 20th century -- was among more than 130 entries of original poetry, prose, and nonfiction submitted by writers across the country to the Humanities Council's Linda Flowers Literary Award. “Mill Creek Suite” will appear in the winter-spring 2012 issue of North Carolina Conversations, and Taylor will receive support toward a week-long writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines. 

Of “Mill Creek Suite,” Taylor says, “The lives depicted in the poems are like those of the people I came to know during the summers my family spent east of Asheville: strong, resilient, self-reliant, loving.”

Gaston County Public Library Awarded for Project on Greater Gaston’s Textile Past

The North Carolina Humanities Council has named the Gaston County Public Library the 2011 recipient of the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities for “Standing on a Box: Lewis Hine’s National Child Labor Committee Photography in Gaston County, 1908.”

Directed by Gaston County Public Library’s Carol Reinhardt, “Standing on a Box” used photographs taken in 1908 by Lewis Hine – a sociologist, reformer, and National Child Labor Committee journalist – to explore child labor conditions in Greater Gaston’s textile mills at the turn of the nineteenth century.

Humanities Council Awards Top Humanities Honor to David Price

The trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, have chosen author, educator, and U.S. Congressman David Price as the recipient of the 2011 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council’s prestigious public humanities honor. The award ceremony is scheduled for Friday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m., at the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, North Carolina.

Humanities Council Invests $48,774 in Eight Cultural Projects Statewide

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded $48,774 in grants for public humanities projects. All funded programs are free and open to the public.  

Magdalena Maiz-Peña Selected as Humanities Council Trustee

The North Carolina Humanities Council is pleased to announce the selection of Magdalena Maiz-Peña as a new trustee. Maiz-Peña is the William H. Williamson Professor of Spanish at Davidson College, where she chairs the Spanish department. The college honored her with the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award in 1995. She received the ODK Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997 and the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award in 2006. In 2007 she was recognized for her work in the Latino Community with the Latin American Coalition Award.

Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has chosen Asheville Wordfest of Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN) to receive the first Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities.

New Harmonies Exhibit Comes to Goldsboro

New Harmonies:  Celebrating American Roots Music, an exhibit hosted by the Arts Council of Wayne County and presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution opens on Saturday, August 7. Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. with a “guitar-string-cutting” and continue until 8:00 p.m. with docent-guided tours of the exhibit and live music outdoors.

Humanities Council Invests $58,950 in Eight Cultural Projects Statewide

During the June 2010 grant cycle, the North Carolina Humanities Council awarded $58,950 in grants for public humanities projects. All funded programs are free and open to the public. Awards included:  

$10,000 to the Ashe County Arts County and Ashe County Public Library for “On the Same Page Literary Festival”

$9,430 to the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe for “Haliwa Indian School Documentation Project, Phase II”

Fred Chappell to Receive Caldwell Award

The trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council have chosen North Carolina author and educator Fred Chappell as the recipient of the 2010 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the state’s most prestigious public humanities honor. The award ceremony is scheduled for Friday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Music Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.