Funded Grants

Freight Train Blues

This grant supports the 3rd annual Freight Train Blues Festival, a concert series highlighting the unique characteristics of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area cultural and musical history, to be presented at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market on Friday evenings.

Novel Sounds II

This grant support a ½ day conference titled Novel Sounds II, exploring the relationship between the ballad form, rock and roll and literature. The conference includes panel discussions; a keynote roundtable with historian Peter Guralnick, novelist Roddy Doyle, and musician Steve Earle, and a live performance by Earle.

Rhythm and Race: A Celebration of Music and Spoken Word

This grant supports a one-day event to expand the impact of a free exhibit the museum will host from April 22 to September 4, 2017, titled Race: Are We So Different? The event includes spoken word workshops for youth and adults, an open mic, and poetry and musical performances.

Kernersville Through History

Sponsored by Kernersville Museum

This grant award supports the creation of Kernersville Museum's first permanent exhibit. The exhibit will highlight the history of the town and the stories of the people who made the town what it is today. Includes interactive components for adults and children, and a station where residents can share their town stories and “map” the town as they remember it.

Mapping Resource Sites in the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor

This project supports a team of faculty and students at Queens University in Charlotte’s History Department as they develop a set of interactive maps with data on sites associated with the Gullah/Geehee Cultural Heritage Corridor (GGCHC) to promote public awareness of this Federal resource. Includes data collection, creation of contextual materials, and map design/development.

Cecil Sharp’s Appalachian Photographs

This project supports the development and presentation of a historical photograph exhibition of images taken by Cecil Sharp in the Appalachian region of North Carolina and other states. Sharp collected and documented traditional English ballads that connect mountain residents to their ancestors in England. Includes a tour to 4 North Carolina locations, music performances and lectures.

Dispatches Talk @ SECCA: Artic IS

This project includes a public talk in conjunction with the exhibit Dispatches, which “gathers and generates artistic responses to the news and current issues by 38 contemporary artists and photojournalists.” The talk will present 3 artist/scholars whose work is part of the exhibit, and addresses ecological justice and climate change. Scholars and artists will discuss the artists’ responses to climate change, its connection to terrorism, and local and global responses to these issues.

When All God’s Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Lives and Music of African American Communities in Far Western North Carolina

This project focuses on the musical traditions of the African American communities of far western North Carolina as manifested in churches, schools, and workplaces. Includes documentation of cultural traditions, a traveling exhibit, musical heritage events in Sylva, Murphy, and Waynesville, and 8 educational programs.

Solitude and Mystery: Cherokee Art and Culture

Sponsored by Hickory Museum of Art

This award supports an exhibit and public programs designed to tell the story of Cherokee artist John Julius Wilnoty, featuring his carvings and his North Carolina Cherokee heritage. Includes a reception, book sale and signing, scholar presentation and Q&A, teacher workshop, school group tours, and a family guide.

January 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017

Standing Together - At Ease: Bridging the Military Divide

Sponsored by Hidden Voices

This project brings together the voices of service members and their families to audiences through an interactive touring exhibit of “care packages,” letters to viewers and monologues from their stories. These materials are created during workshops and individual interviews. Funds from NCHC will partially cover the costs of workshops with student veterans in the fall of 2016 creating and touring an exhibit in 2017. Exhibit will tour to 10 locations in North Carolina.