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50th Anniversary

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In 2022 North Carolina Humanities marked its 50th anniversary as the leading nonprofit organization charged with advancing public access to and support for the humanities across North Carolina. Here are just a few of the highlights from that year: 

Our 50th Anniversary Celebration was held on October 11, 2022 to celebrate 50 years of service. The evening was filled with jazz music, food, and conversation. The program provided a brief glimpse into NC Humanities’ 50-year history, our work today, and our hopes for the future. As the culminating event of the program, NC Humanities presented the 2022 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities to journalist and documentarian Steve Crump. Thank you to everyone who attended, watched, engaged with, and supported NC Humanities’ 50th Anniversary Celebration!

North Carolina Reads was launched as North Carolina’s premier statewide book club featuring stories of American perseverance and diversity.  All five selected books posed critical questions to North Carolinians asking how they viewed their roles for helping shape a more just and inclusive society.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America toured through North Carolina and fueled conversations about the meaning of “rural” for North Carolina residents. This Smithsonian Institution exhibition was hosted in six rural and small-town communities.

Read for the Lead was launched to inspire a love of reading in children, to promote childhood literacy, reading resources, and North Carolina-based authors and books. This one-year read-out-loud and author interviews series was a partnership program with NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones and the Erik Jones Charitable Foundation.