Funded Grants

Freight Train Blues II

Sponsored by Music Maker Relief Foundation

This Grassroots grant provided funding for the fourth annual Freight Train Blues concert series, in May/June 2018. The series will include live Blues music performances on four Friday evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm, and will be offered free to the public at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market. The performances will include educational introductions crafted by Zoe van Buren, M.A., advised by Music Maker’s Founder, Timothy Duffy, M.A., delving into the history of the music presented and the importance of North Carolina’s musical heritage to our culture today.

Freight Train Blues will present senior traditional artists, whose music has been passed down through generations. Attendees will experience traditional music live while learning more about under-recognized Roots musicians of our region. The performance series will increase appreciation of the music of the American South, and make the case for North Carolina’s ongoing significance in the story of American traditional music.

ISLA Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition

Sponsored by ISLA Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition

This Grassroots grant provided funding for an interdisciplinary panel discussion for teachers and school administrators designed to reflect on how to interpret and analyze and these findings and incorporate them into curriculum and classroom experiences. The event brings togehter scholars and community leaders to exchange ideas, interpret findings and share perspectives with local educators on how bilingualism, biliteracy and cultural immersion affect children’s’ brain development, academic and social capabilities, and cultural identity.

"Bilingualism and Multicultural Education: Exploring benefits to cognitive, academic social and identity development"
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm, St. Thomas More School, Chapel Hill

100th Anniversary of WWI, NC Archives Exhibit

Sponsored by Alamance Community College

This Grassroots grant provides funding for a community education day at the Alamance Community College (ACC) on March 29, 2018 with programming around the traveling exhibit "World War I 100th Anniversary" from the North Carolina Archives. ACC partnered with area museums to showcase Alamance County artifacts for the day to provide area a true interactive and immersive museum experience. This exhibit included performances by the ACC Chorus, costumed interpreters, activity tables with cryptography exercises, propaganda poster coloring pages, poppy making and victory gardens. The capstone of the event was a middle school and high school poster contest funded by the Scott Collection.

135th USCT "Living History Weekend"

Sponsored by 135th Usct Research Team Inc.

This Grassroots grant supports the "135th United States Colored Troop Living History Weekend" which is a weekend of celebration and education of an untold story of the “lost troop”, formed in Goldsboro, North Carolina on March 27th, 1865; the 135th United States Colored Troop. All of the events and activities are designed to share this unknown story, the personal stories of the men and to celebrate their part of our history. A two week-long pop-up museum will be set up to encourage area students to learn the history of General Sherman’s March from Atlanta to the Grand Inspection march through Washington, DC that passed through Goldsboro, NC. The "Living History Weekend" begins Friday, April 6th  2018 and will feature a weekend long encampment site situated on the spot where General Sherman established his headquarters during his time in Goldsboro. 

North Carolina: The New American Heartland

“North Carolina: The New American Heartland” is a multi-dimensional initiative enlisting scholars, journalists, educators, artists, musicians, cultural voices, economic forecasters, and policy experts to consider and expand on these questions from their various perspectives. Through a series of regional and statewide initiatives, and highlighted by a two-day gathering at the National Humanities Center on September 27–29, 2017, we will explore the current and emerging identities of North Carolina, assess our opportunities and challenges, and jointly imagine how we might more effectively rally and coordinate the state’s considerable economic, political, cultural and educational resources to ensure a brighter future.

Robert Ruark - The Next Chapter

This grant supports the second reader’s theater production about the life and writings of Robert Ruark, a writer from the Outer Banks, focusing on the author’s experiences as a Naval Officer during WWII. The 60-minute reader’s theater presentation is followed by a Q&A and reception. Part of the Museum’s “Third Tuesday Program” series.

Project Dates: July 10, 2017 – July 18, 2017

InFusion: The Multiple Facets of Latino Cultural Integration

Sponsored by Casa Azul Greensboro

This grant funds part of a 5-event summer series that uses the arts as a platform to explore the dynamic nature of Latino cultures and the tendency for cultural blending. Includes two workshops, two community conversations, and a “Latin Grass” concert and discussion series with Che Apalache.

Project Dates: July 1, 2017 – September 9, 2017

Cultural and Historical Factors and the Use of Counseling Center at UNCP

This planning grant provides funds to plan an interactive mini-conference to serve as a platform for participants to talk about the cultural and historical factors that lead to underutilization of counseling centers among college students at UNCP.

Project Dates: June 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church Memorial Day Project

This grant supports the second annual project to be held on Memorial Day celebrating the veterans who live or have lived in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. NCHC funds would cover supplies and equipment rental plus partial funds for scholar stipends and publicity/printing.

Project Dates: May 29, 2017 – June 30, 2017

North Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows

This grant supports an annual program that provides 15 educators with the skills and experience needed to integrate oral histories into their classrooms. The program includes 2 days of workshops, presentations and performances to teach educators how to access resources, conduct independent research, and develop pedagogical approaches to strengthen their ability to teach oral history methodology to their students, as well as public programming. NCHC funds cover travel, meals and lodging for participating educators.

Project Dates: June 15 – August 15, 2017