Funded Grants

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

Elsewhere Thing Tank

Sponsored by Elsewhere

This grant supports a weekend-long gathering of 5-8 national academics and local guests exploring the social, cultural, and political implications of material culture. The retreat will culminate in a public talk at the Weatherspoon Museum, a community dinner at Elsewhere and a publication of learnings. NCHC funds support part of the scholar expenses (travel and per diems), and part of the costs of community events and book publishing.

Project Dates: June 9 – 11, 2017

Wayne County Travelling Trunk Initiative

This grant supports a “travelling trunk initiative" - a collection of historical artifacts, educational materials and documents spanning different time periods that can travel to schools and organizations in Wayne County to provide an interactive way of learning history. NCHC funds cover costs associated with the trunks and their artifacts.

Dates: September 1, 2017 – June 10, 2018

Jane Austen Summer Program

This grant supports 8-10 North Carolina Public School teachers' scholarships attendence at the Fifth Annual Jane Austen Summer Program (JASP). The conference focuses on the Austen novel Persuasion, Austen’s letters and juvenilia she wrote as a young girl. The conference provides an opportunity to learn about new scholarly research, as well as gaining a general appreciation of English Literature and an understanding of the culture, life and writings of Jane Austen. Each day includes a plenary presentation by noted national scholars; roundtable discussions addressing historical and contextual issues (politics, material culture, music, dance, science, religion) and topics in Comparative Literature; theatrical performances, readings, concerts of period music, art and rare book exhibits, film screenings, and a ball.

Dates: June 15 – 18, 2017

Funk Festival & Chitlin' Circuit

This grant supports Chitlin’ Circuit, the Friday evening Funk Festival reception at the African American Music Trail Park, and the Festival Fair at Adkin High School.

March 1, 2017 – May 27, 2017