Funded Grants

Bathroom Banter

This 75-minute panel discussion provides a hard look at satirizing North Carolina’s House Bill 2 controversy. The panel is moderated by Gavin Yamey, Duke Professor of the Practice of Global Health and Public Policy and features Pulitzer Prize-Winning editorial cartoonist Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer; Jill Morrill, state government reporter for The Charlotte Observer; and other editorial cartoonists from around the country. Includes a coordinating exhibit of HB2 political cartoons by members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC), displayed at Duke’s Bryan Center and Buggy Press in downtown Durham. The project is part of the 2016 Political Cartoon & Satire Festival, co-hosted by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

Novel Sounds: American Fiction in the Age of Rock & Roll

This award supports a 2-day conference examining rock and roll as a literary form of expression that has shaped our national heritage. Includes 5 panel discussions, keynote roundtable, webinars for high school educators, and a performance. The conference will be filmed and broadcast by UNC-TV and streamed, and archived on their website.

Project Dates: 10/14/2016- 10/15/16

2nd Biennial Sandhills Children's Literature Symposium: Exploring the Power of Poetry and Visual Literacy

Sponsored by Campbell University

This grant supports a day-long Children’s Literary Symposium for K-12 teachers, media specialists, education professors, university librarians, in-service educators, and public library children’s librarians. The symposium will help participants teach poetry and visual literacy to support students’ literacy and reading comprehension skills.

Project Date: 10/28/2016

Bladen County Community College Writers Series 2016 - 2017

This grant funds four speakers to participate in the College’s Writers Series. Events involve public readings and student workshops.

Writers include Zelda Lockhart and Don Brown in the fall and Beth Copeland and Mark Cox in the spring.

Project Dates: 9/14/16 - 3/20/17

Heritage Week 2017 Social Media Plan

Funding from this planning grant helps Blue Ridge Community College design a plan to better promote events of Heritage Week, which raise awareness of diversity and a greater understanding of global issues. Funds cover consulting fees to help develop a social media plan.

Community Conversations on Civil War Museums and Historic Sites

Supports a 1 ½ days planning retreat between representatives of North Carolina museums, the North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC), and consultant Janeen Bryant in Durham to explore ways NCMC can facilitate a series of community conversations between museum representatives and non-traditional audiences to discuss ways of more inclusively interpreting slavery and the American Civil War.

American Indian Women of Proud Nations Conference

This grant supports scholarships for 16 attendees to a two-day conference focusing on the life and culture of Native American women. Includes workshops and a cultural event covering the histories and culture of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, who are hosting the event.

Scholar's for NC's Future Speaker’s Bureau

This award supports the launch of a new project: Scholars for North Carolina’s Future Speaker's Bureau, which will engage scholars and diverse audiences in high-level, thought-provoking discussions on both current events and state history as it influences us today. Funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council will support four community events featuring interactive presentations from distinguished NC scholars.

Haywood Heritage: Honoring the Past, Heralding the Future

This grant supports a celebration of the Haywood County library’s 125th anniversary via storytelling, poetry readings, a hands-on workshop, and exhibits that reflect Haywood County’s mountain heritage. Headliners include two County natives: poet Fred Chappell and storyteller and  Donald Davis. The project includes an exhibit of historical and literary works and photographs at all four County library branches in partnership with the Haywood County Arts Council.

This is My Home Educational Tour

This grant supports a tour and presentation of This is My Home Now, a 26-minute documentary exploring the lives of four youths from three Montagnard immigrant families who have fled their homelands in Southeast Asia to forge a new future in North Carolina. The project includes a documentary film screening and a panel discussion for students, as well as a film tour to educate audiences about the social issues surrounding immigration.

Project timeline: April 1, 2016 - May 30, 2016