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.

Our web calendar in the right-hand menu lists upcoming events and activities. All event dates and times are listed as they were submitted to the Council. Please contact the local project director listed on the event link to confirm details.

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 democracy, history and cultural heritage. Click here to learn more.

Statewide Literary Contest Now Accepting Submissions

Winner to receive $1,500 from the North Carolina Humanities Council

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 11, 2018) – The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award. Entries must be deeply engaged with North Carolina by drawing on particular North Carolina connections or memories. Submissions will be accepted online from April 9-July 13, 2018.

Funding for statewide humanities programs that examine what it means to be an informed citizen

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 17, 2018) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has been awarded a $35,000 grant through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its yearlong initiative, Journalism and Media Literacy: Fostering Informed Citizens.

Bridging the gap between the humanities and the sciences, come explore the imagination behind the creation of riveting novels as the North Carolina Humanities Council and the  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences  with WRAL-TV and Business North Carolina magazine— present “Thrillers! An Evening with Authors John Grisham and John Hart.” This special event takes place at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh on Friday, February 23, 7:30 p.m., and will be moderated by D.G. Martin, host of UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch.”

CHARLOTTE, NC (December 4 2017) – On November 4, 2017 the North Carolina Humanities Council announced Mr. Aaron Ballance as the recipient of its 2017 Linda Flowers Literary Award for his entries of “Sugarfoot,” “Old Trouble,”  “The Peaks,” “One-Eyed Jenny,” “The Brink,” “Leading Flash to the Barn – January,” and “Rust.” 

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites you to nominate candidates for consideration as the recipient of the annual John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities.


The North Carolina Humanities Council seeks to recognize and honor distinguished individuals who, by their achievements and contributions, strengthen the educational, cultural, and civic life of North Carolina through the humanities.

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 11, 2017) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $120,000 in grants to six cultural organization for public humanities projects across North Carolina.  

Since 1972, The North Carolina Humanities Council has worked to make the public humanities a cornerstone of life, by providing grants, awards, and specialty programs that engage people of different backgrounds and geographic locations in understanding their shared human experiences.