North Carolina Humanities Council Awards Grants For Programs About Experience of War

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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.

Each organization submitted proposals for projects to promote understanding of the military experience and support returning veterans. This grant program expands on an initiative launched by the National Endowment of the Humanities and awards up to $5,000 toward the funding of each project.

“With the ‘Standing Together’ grants, these organizations will take on the vital task of raising awareness and informing North Carolinians about war and its aftermath on their state and their fellow citizens,” said Paula Watkins, Executive Director of the North Carolina Humanities Council. “The Council is pleased and honored to be able to support their worthwhile endeavors, and looks forward to experiencing the creative and provocative programs and activities that they have proposed.”

Guilford Native American Association’s project, From Isolation to War: The American Indian Stories of the Battles and Repercussion of War, will collect stories of Native American veterans using video, photography, audio and journals by Native American quilters. The stories will be incorporated into 16 story quilts that will be part of a traveling exhibit in North Carolina. The project dates are September 2016 through September 2017.

The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County’s project, Invisible Wounds of War, will provide an in-depth exploration of the human experience of the invisible war wounds from the voice and perspective of veterans. The project includes:

  • Writing and photography workshops for 10 veterans
  • Individual collaborative self-portrait photo session for each veteran
  • Exhibit of writing and photography at the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County
  • Opening reception with readings
  • A panel discussion

Additionally, the project will create an online gallery of materials and blog available to veterans, military personnel and their families, and a four-week photography workshop. Project dates are November 1, 2016 through December 15, 2017.

Hidden Voices’ project, At Ease: Bridging the Military Divide, will bring together the voices of service members and their families to audiences through an interactive touring exhibit of “care packages,” letters to viewers and monologues from their stories. These materials will be created during workshops and interviews. The grant will also fund an exhibit that will tour 10 locations in North Carolina between 2016 and 2017.

Standing Together grants are awarded by the North Carolina Humanities Council. For more information on this and other grant program click here, or contact Banu Valladares, Program and Grants Administrator at