Humanities Council Trustees to Visit Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock Landscape

CHARLOTTE, NC / May 5, 2016 — For the first time in its 44-year history, the board of the North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC) will hold a quarterly meeting in a community other than where the organization is based, convening at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum in Blowing Rock on May 19-20.

The visit is part of a concerted effort to give NCHC leaders a first-hand view of North Carolina’s rich culture, in pursuit of the organization's broader mission to promote understanding of and appreciation for the humanities among state residents, said Neva Specht, board chair and Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University.

In addition to the board meeting, trustees will tour Moses Cone Estate and Manor and host a reception at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

NCHC is a statewide non-profit agency that provides advocacy, grant making and activities to support understanding of the humanities, especially literature, history, art, music and philosophy. Among the programs funded by NCHC are the “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion series, Roads Scholars speakers series and Museum on Main Street exhibit in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. The Council is also presenting "Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words,” a multi-faceted, statewide program series that is part of a national centennial commemoration of the Pulitzer Prizes.

NCHC moved its administrative offices to the UNC Charlotte Center City campus building in uptown Charlotte in early 2015. The Council had been based in Greensboro since inception in 1972.

“The Council is dedicated to delivering excellent humanities programming in all 100 North Carolina counties,” Specht said. “Our trustees felt it was important to experience as a group what is actually happening in the field. The insights and conversations that will result from this and future visits will help us better serve the state’s residents."

Over the past five years, NCHC has provided more than $700,000 in grants and programs. Since 2009, NCHC funding has supported the presentation of nearly 800 programs in 80+ North Carolina counties for more than 50,000 participants. All programs are free of charge and open to the public.