$59,581 Invested in Cultural Projects

$59,581 Invested in Cultural Projects

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded $59,581 in grants for public humanities projects.

Projects supported by the North Carolina Humanities Council are vital to its commitment to serve as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life. Through grants and public programs, the Humanities Council facilitates the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

North Carolina Humanities Council awards during this grant cycle include:

$10,300 to The Conservation Fund/Resourceful Communities Program of Chapel Hill for the “Tyrrell County Folklife Project,” to document by video a centuries-old public arts celebration, the Fiesta de la Posada. The county’s public school Spanish teachers will help develop a La Posada companion curriculum guide for regional distribution. The project will also produce a CD of the Brothers in Praise, a traditional African American gospel choir of the Zion Grove Church of Christ, and feature the musical quartet in a free public concert. A multimedia website will carry the celebration and music to an audience beyond Tyrrell County. The project director is Kirsten Mullen of (kirsmullen@aol.com or 919.612.1171.)

$10,000 to the Mountain Area Information Network for “Asheville Wordfest,” to support its third annual four-day poetry festival in downtown Asheville celebrating diversity, community, and “citizen journalism,” a source of community and global journalism complementary to traditional media. Live webcasts of select readings and events will make the festival accessible to a broad audience. The project director is Laura Hope-Gill (laurahopegill@aol.com or 828.681.5348).

$7,775 to StoriesWork of Durham to bring “Transitions: The Humanities and Life Challenges” to Burlington. “Transitions” uses interactive storytellers and folktales to inspire therapeutic discussion among diverse audiences of such contemporary issues as parenting in the twenty-first century, modern courtship and marriage, immigration and resettlement, aging andgeriatric health, and returning from war. The project director is Lenora Ucko(lenora@storieswork.org or 919.321.8969).

$7,500 to the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh for “Standing on a Box: Lewis Hine’s National Child Labor Committee Photography in
North Carolina,” for an expansion of an earlier exhibition treating Hine’s Gaston County investigative photography of child workers in early twentieth-century North Carolina textile mills. The project, which includes free public lectures, aims to place the photographs within a statewide context and convey their cultural and historical significance to a broad audience. Project partners include the Gaston County Museum of Art and History and the Gaston County Public Library. The project director is B.J. Davis (bj.davis@ncdcr.gov or 919.807.7996).

$7,075 to the Nuevo South Community Research Initiative at East Carolina University in Greenville for “Celebrating Latino Leadership in North Carolina: An Oral History Project,” to conduct a series of interviews with Latino immigrants who, after resettling in North Carolina, established themselves as leaders in churches, business, and health care. Summaries of the oral histories will be distributed throughout the Greenville community, and audio extracts of the oral histories will be published online. The project includes public forums, sessions with Latino youth groups, scholarly articles, and a conference at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library, where the oral histories will be housed. The project director is Ricardo Contreras (contrerasr@ecu.edu or 252.328.9444).

$6,531 to Belk Library at Appalachian State University in Boone for “Sexuality and Gender Identity in Appalachian Communities,” an oral history project
documenting the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) presence in Appalachian North Carolina and its effect on regional character and social development. Project components include a public symposium and contribution
to a national interactive website. The completed oral histories will be donated to Appalachian State University’s W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, providing a platform for future research. The project director is Kathy Staley (staleykl@appstate.edu or 828.262.6724).

$5,000 to the Serpent Child Ensemble of Swannanoa for the “Beacon Blanket Mill Documentary Project,” for a documentary film about the rise and fall of Beacon Blanket Mill, now closed but once the largest manufacturer of blankets
in the world. The project includes the gathering of oral histories of former Beacon Hill mill workers, public showings of the film, and a panel discussion
about how western North Carolinians maintain a sense of identity and community in the face of social and economic change. The project director is Dawn Wilson (dawnwilson@aol.com or 828.686.0214).

$5,400 to the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for “Worth 1,000 Words: Essays on the Photographs of Hugh Morton,” to commission a series of multidisiplinary essays based on the Hugh Morton Collection of Photographs and Films, a rich visual record of North Carolina heritage and culture and one of the core holdings of the North Carolina
Collection Photographic Archives at UNC Chapel Hill. The essays will be presented at two public forums, integrated online as part of the blog “A View to Hugh,” and linked to the Morton digital library and archival finding aid. The project director is Elizabeth Hull (eahull@email.unc.edu or 919.962.9972).