Funded Grants

Indian Summer Program Series

This grant supports the Schiele Museum's "Indian Summer Program Series." This project is intended to broadly share the American Indian story with audiences by introducing museum visitors to guest presenters and researchers through a series of educational programs geared towards public and student audiences. Through this series, the museum will work to enlighten citizens about the rich and complex history and culture of the American Indian and increase community awareness of Indigenous Peoples, their unique perspectives and challenges, both within this region and across the nation.

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"Songlines" The Historic Jarvisburg Colored School

Sponsored by Currituck County

This grant supports research and development activities for the project "'Songlines' The Historic Jarvisburg Colored School. The Historic Jarvisburg Colored School (HJCS) was founded by freed slave William Hunt in 1868. The "Songlines" Project will capture their creative, childhood daily life through southeastern regional songs as sung by their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and local school children, making this a truly multi-generational research project.


Inalienable Rights: Living History through the Eyes of the Enslaved

This grant supports the project "Inalienable Rights: Living History through the Eyes of the Enslaved." On Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, 2019, the Polk Memorial Support Fund Inc., in partnership with the Slave Dwelling Project, the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the film project History before Us, will host a series of intensely intimate, immersive and engaging programs focused on the history, experience and heritage of enslaved persons and segregation in the south in the United States and the Carolinas.

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Planning for 250th Anniversary of Regulator Movement and Battle of Alamance

This grant supports planning activities for the "250th Anniversary of Regulator Movement and Battle of Alamance." May 16, 2021 will be the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Alamance which was the culmination and defeat of the North Carolina Regulator Movement. 

Grits, Greens & Griots: African American Southerners Who Stayed - The North Carolina Story

Sponsored by Sit-In Movement Inc.

This grant supports planning activities for the project "Grits, Greens & Griots (GGG):  African American Southerners Who Stayed." The project focuses on the North Carolina story of the Second Great Migration (1940-1970) and examines the motivations and experiences of African Americans who chose to remain in the South and confront the challenges of Jim Crow, rather than seek sanctuary in other parts of the country. The initiative will capture the oral history of elders, 85 years of age and older, who were born in the South and lived most of their lives in North Carolina. Through narratives and a photo exhibition their stories will be made public.

1619-2019: Recognizing 400 Years of African-American History

This grant supports the "1619-2019: Recognizing 400 Years of African-American History" project which builds off of Congress' 400 Years of African American History Commission Act. The Act recognizes the anniversary of the first African captives brought to the shores of colonial America. Their arrival on these shores, more than 150 years before the United States became a nation, marked the beginning of an African American identity and the centuries’ long struggle for African American freedom and citizenship. Grant funds support free presentations in northeastern North Carolina about regional African American History from three Elizabeth City State University professors.

Archives Aflame: Voices from World War II Pacific Engagement

This grant supports the project a staged reading of veterans’ stories and an Artists’ Talk for the project "Archives Aflame: Voices from World War II Pacific Engagement." The project was born from the experience of Kei Ito and Andrew Paul Keiper is the result of the intersection in the lives two randomly selected college roommates. This project is a multi-media exhibition featuring a large-scale visual and sound installation that probes the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the artists’ intertwined family histories. Ito’s grandfather witnessed the explosion that killed his family, while Keiper’s grandfather was an engineer who contributed to the effort to develop the bomb. Their collaboration grapples with this history while asserting its pertinence to a contemporary audience living in an increasingly unstable political landscape.

The Warp & The Weft

This grant supports discussion guides, lobby exhibit, and audience talk backs for the Asheville Creative Arts performance of The Warp & The Weft. From April 18-28, 2019, Asheville Creative Arts will present 16, 60-minute family-friendly performances of The Warp & The Weft, a world premiere, immersive documentary style theatrical experience that aims to offer a more nuanced view of child labor, and by extension, childhood, in the South.

This multi-media project features large scale projections of Lewis Hine's photos, and interjects into this visual narrative the stories from black and brown children from both historic (including during slavery) and contemporary times (including from contemporary migrant laborers working in agriculture in NC), the piece will also integrate the following in order to create a living portrait of child labor and childhood in the South, through present day oral histories, folktales, primary source materials, and personal narratives.

The Hero in our Cultures: A Journey to Discovery

This grant supports “The Hero in our Cultures: A Journey to Discovery” a program which examines D.S. Niane’s “Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali.” This epic poem is taken from West Africa’s medieval age with its griot, or storyteller, playing a musical instrument as they tell the history of the founder of the kingdom of Mali. This project allows the community to experience world literature and multicultural traditions through a community read, public forum, and discussion.

3rd Biennial Sandhills Children's Literature Symposium: "Cultural Identity in Children's Literature"

Sponsored by Campbell University

This grant supports the “Sandhills Children's Literature Symposium” which addresses the issue of literacy development in rural communities. The Symposium will host an award-winning children’s literature author and illustrator, to teach workshops addressing specific active-learning literacy skills as it relates to their work. This project provides students with access to quality literature and equips educators with effective strategies to teach literacy and improve the literacy skills, cognitive and social growth of children in the Sandhills region.