Welcome to the North Carolina Humanities Council

Since 1972 the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has made the humanities a cornerstone of public life. Take a look at what the North Carolina Humanities Council offers your community, use the calendar to locate an event, consider applying for a grant, or contact the staff to find out how and where the Council is at work across the state.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is again in jeopardy, with strong indications that its funding may be eliminated in the current administration’s budget proposal to Congress. The Council plays a vital role in preserving and sharing the stories that bring North Carolina culture and heritage to life and enrich the lives of residents across this great state. We need your help to tell OUR story to our senators and congressional representatives, to convince them to sustain the NEH funding that is crucial to our mission. Click here and become a humanities advocate today.

The public humanities provide people from all walks of life with a greater understanding of ourselves and others. Humanities are the lens that provide the substance and context for understanding our lives. The public humanities connect people of different backgrounds through dialogue to foster a deeper understanding of where we have been, where we are, and where we could go together. Our local programs throughout North Carolina strengthen and build community by bringing people together to discuss issues of importance. We believe the public humanities are important for our democracy, and that they have never been more critical than they are now.

The 2017 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities - Call for Nominations

You are invited to nominate candidates for the annual John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities.

Through the humanities, we learn to understand one another, connect with our community, and enrich our lives.

Over the past year we have awarded 31 grants to organizations across the state to for humanities-based projects with preserve heritages, cultivate empathy, examine and honor the past, and envision possibilities for our shared future.

This #GivingTuesday we hope you will support us and the power of the humanities to transform communities and promote active citizenship!

North Carolina Humanities Council’s Banu Valladares has been selected to receive the prestigious 2016 Arts & Culture Latino Diamante Award for making significant contributions to the Hispanic community in North Carolina.

The award highlights her efforts in visual, literary, cultural or performing arts, media or communications which promotes artists or art programs in the Latino district.

SOUTHERN PINES—On Sunday, October 16, at 2:00 pm, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame will induct three new members.

Clyde EdgertonMargaret Maron, and Carl Sandburg will join the fifty-seven inductees currently enshrined, in a ceremony at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.

The North Carolina Humanities Council and the National Humanities Center present:

This VIP reception and program celebrates great teachers! Please join us and share this event with educators in your life and community.

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 4, 2016) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has selected Guilford Native American Association, the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County and Hidden Voices as recipients of its Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War grants program.