Welcome to the North Carolina Humanities Council

Founded in 1972, the North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities dedicated to exploring and celebrating our state’s heritage, history and people. Through its programs, partnerships and scholarships, the Council preserves and shares the stories that bring North Carolina’s culture to life and enrich the lives of residents across the state.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is in jeopardy, with strong indications its funding may be eliminated in the current administration’s budget proposal to Congress. State humanities councils receive core funding from the NEH.The public humanities provide people from all walks of life with a greater understanding of ourselves and others. Local programs strengthen and build communities by fostering thoughtful dialogue around issues of importance.

We are calling on all our humanities advocates to speak up and urge Congress to sustain the NEH funding that is crucial to nation’s history and cultural heritage. Click here to learn more.

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites nominations for the Council's Board of Trustees. Candidates must be North Carolina residents committed to advancing the North Carolina Humanities Council’s mission to serve as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life and to facilitate the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

At the North Carolina Humanities Council we fund and promote access to public humanities programs, but what exactly are the humanities?

Check out this video series to find out!

CHARLOTTE, NC / April 3, 2017 – The North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC) has proudly chosen six cultural sites throughout rural North Carolina to host the 2018 Museum on Main Street (MoMS) project, a collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

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.