Welcome to the North Carolina Humanities Council

Founded in 1972, the North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities dedicated to exploring and celebrating our state’s heritage, history and people. Through its programs, partnerships and scholarships, the Council preserves and shares the stories that bring North Carolina’s culture to life and enrich the lives of residents across the state.

Our web calendar in the right-hand menu lists upcoming events and activities. All event dates and times are listed as they were submitted to the Council. Please contact the local project director listed on the event link to confirm details.

Have you started a proposal in our online portal? Need to submit follow up forms for your award? Click here to login to your Applicant Dashboard and access your proposals and all related forms.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is in jeopardy, with strong indications its funding may be eliminated in the current administration’s budget proposal to Congress. State humanities councils receive core funding from the NEH.The public humanities provide people from all walks of life with a greater understanding of ourselves and others. Local programs strengthen and build communities by fostering thoughtful dialogue around issues of importance.

We are calling on all our humanities advocates to speak up and urge Congress to sustain the NEH funding that is crucial to nation’s democracy, history and cultural heritage. Click here to learn more.

The North Carolina Humanities Council is proud to announce our latest partnership event series with Oxford American. Publication and live events from Raleigh to Asheville showcase North Carolina’s cultural heritage.

Oxford American celebrates North Carolina music with a statewide tour of stories and songs.

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 14, 2018) – On November 3, 2018 the North Carolina Humanities Council announced Ms. Jennifer Brown as the recipient of its 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award for her entry of “Landscape with Death and Birth.”

This year’s judges, Hannah de la Cruz Abrams, Luke Hankins, and Alice Osborn, described Brown’s work as a “very well-written, thoughtful essay,” whose “narrative felt attentive and deliberate” and showed “maturity on the page.”

Humanities Program Excellence Award Presented to Jane Austen Summer Program

On August 26, 2018 the North Carolina Humanities Council awarded its Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to the Jane Austen Summer Program (JASP).

JASP is an annual, multi- day symposium that focuses on one of Jane Austen’s works each summer. The program is designed for scholars, students, teachers and anyone with a passion for Jane Austen.

Library of Congress’ Network of Affiliate Centers Includes Sites in 50 States,D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands

North Carolina Humanities Council Now Operating North Carolina Center for the Book, Part of Library’s National Network for Reading, Literacy

Dr. Margaret D. Bauer to Receive North Carolina Humanities Council’s Highest Honor

Ceremony to feature bestselling author Dr. Charles Frazier

CHARLOTTE, NC (August 1, 2018) – The North Carolina Humanities Council’s Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Margaret Donovan Bauer as the recipient of the 2018 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council’s most prestigious honor.

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 20, 2018) – Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to bring a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition to your community!

The North Carolina Humanities Council is seeking six small town museums, public libraries, nature centers, and other cultural nonprofit organizations to host Water/Ways, coming to North Carolina, May 2020- March 2021.