NC Humanities Awards $27,824+ in Grants to 9 NC Nonprofits
(March 9, 2022) CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina Humanities has awarded a total of $27,824.79 in Community Engagement Grants to nine cultural organizations in North Carolina to support the implementation of public humanities projects in their communities. Read on for more details.
NC Humanities provides Community Engagement Grants of up to $3,500 to nonprofit organizations that use the humanities (literature, history, philosophy, etc.) to deepen human connections, broaden perspectives, equip communities with empathy, understanding, and respect, and inspire community across differences.
The following organizations received a Community Engagement Grant from NC Humanities as of March 2022:
Arts of the Pamlico (Washington)
A 1913 Review for All
Grant Award: $3,500
This exhibit will showcase the historic 1913 Turnage Theatre’s history and expands on previous North Carolina Humanities-funded research and programming. The exhibit will create an interactive experience that conveys the cultural complexities of the time, including segregation of actors and audiences. The exhibit will feature Vaudeville era props, costumes, photographs, playbills, actor images and bios, newspaper clippings, and more.
Charlotte Center for Literary Arts (Charlotte)
Artists Reckoning with Home
Grant Award: $3,500
This month-long initiative will celebrate the art and legacy of African American artist and native Charlottean Romare Bearden. In conjunction with other local arts and educational institutions, the initiative will explore how Bearden’s work depicted the lives of African Americans in Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood in all their complexity—family relationships, joy, sorrow, social injustice—in the early 1900s. The initiative’s central event will be a reading and talk by Dr. Glenda Gilmore about her forthcoming book, Romare Bearden in the Homeland of His Imagination: An Artist’s Reckoning with the South.
Elon University (Elon)
Power and Place Intergenerational Storytelling Community Engagement Initiative
Grant Award: $3,500
To reframe and enrich our understanding of Alamance County, this project will collect and share histories, oral and written, from African American community members. Elon University students will help run intergenerational workshops where they will also participate as storytellers, curators, and discussion leaders for the youth and senior citizens attending. This work will also include collaborative interviewing and storytelling sessions, walking tours of local neighborhoods, and visits to the African-American Cultural Arts & History Center and Mayco Bigelow Centers for both high school youth and community senior citizens.
FIND Outdoors (Pisgah Forest)
An Introduction to the Southeastern Woodlands Native Americans at the Cradle of Forestry
Grant Award: $3,500
This project will shine a light on the influence of the Cherokee and Southeast Woodlands People on Transylvania County. FIND Outdoors will partner with Dr. Joe Candillo to provide the Cradle of Forestry and its visitors with a series of programs exploring the cultural and ecological legacy of the Southeastern Woodlands Tribes. These programs will be used as a catalyst to inspire the public to begin their own quest for more knowledge on who came before them in this part of the state and to create content for future exhibit expansion at the Cradle.
North Carolina History Theater (New Bern)
Honour, The Musical
Grant Award: $1,375
This original play will bring to light the many challenges faced in North Carolina in the 1800s through a dramatic adaptation of historical events. The grant will support post-performance dialogues with community members to reflect on and discuss these challenges to deepen their understanding. The play tells the real-life story of the 1802 duel between Richard Dobbs Spaight, signer of the U.S. Constitution and former governor of North Carolina, and John Stanly, a young upstater. The play also portrays the story of one of Spaight’s enslaved servants, Sarah Rice; the mother of a child through John Stanly, who would eventually gain her freedom and become an important part of New Bern history. The play likewise examines the anomaly of “Barber Jack” Stanly (John Carruthers Stanly), a former slave who became very wealthy and the largest slave owner in the county, who is also the half-brother of John Stanly.
Polk Memorial Support Fund (Pineville)
Inalienable Rights: Living History through the Eyes of the Enslaved
Grant Award: $3,199.79
This weekend-long series of intimate, immersive, and engaging programs at President James K. Polk State Historic Site will focus on the history, experiences, and heritage of enslaved persons and segregation in the U.S and the Carolinas. The program kicks off with a viewing and discussion of Frederick Murphy’s film Sweet Home Alabama, A Chief and His Protégé. Participants can then sleep in the kitchen house or on the grounds where they will discuss and explore what effect the legacy of slavery had on them personally. The weekend will conclude with living-history events featuring costumed interpreters, living-history demonstrations, and presentations designed to educate visitors on the enslaved experience in the 19th century in the Piedmont region of North Carolina.
Southern Guitar Festival and Competition (Charlotte)
Harmonizing Humanity: Acoustic Cultural Identity, Women in Music, and Experimental Instruments
Grant Award: $3,150
This grant will support the keynote and additional presentations at the Southern Guitar Festival. The keynote by Dr. Candice Mowbray will address female contributions in the arena of guitar history and literature. Moshe Hoffman, an accomplished multigenerational luthier craftsman, will lead a discussion on the construction and significance of African and Middle Eastern guitar precursors and relatives, including the Arabic oud, African kora, and other experimental recreations of traditional instruments. He will introduce a theme of cultural acoustic identity, which will be expanded upon by Fernando Troche, a celebrated Uruguayan-born composer-performer. Troche will focus his discussion on the social history, significance, and development of South American tango. Both presentations will include open exhibits and brief demonstrations of the period instruments.
Traditional Voices Group (Burnsville)
African Roots of American Popular Music: Two Seminars with Robert Jones and Matt Watroba
Grant Award: $2,600
This grant will support two seminars led by Robert Jones and Matt Watroba who will demonstrate to audiences the African roots of popular American music. At the heart of the message explored by Jones and Watroba is the belief that our cultural diversity tells a story that we should celebrate, not just tolerate. After first performing together years ago, they discovered a friendship based in mutual respect and a love for traditional American music. They bring these sympathies to their seminars.
Transylvania Heritage Museum (Brevard)
Mountain Legacies: Exploring Appalachian Culture
Grant Award: $3,500
This project will spread awareness of Appalachian culture through various programs, including exhibits, a video series, craft and living history demonstrations, special speakers and storytellers, and an Appalachian Festival complete with Mountain and Bluegrass Music. The project will create opportunities through shared experiences to counteract stereotypes and provide a greater understanding and appreciation for Appalachian culture.
To learn more about the grantees, our Grants, eligibility, and deadlines, visit https://nchumanities.org/grants.
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