New Harmonies Concludes NC Tour in Shelby

The final grand opening of New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, hosted by Destination Cleveland County (DCC), opened Saturday, November 13, at the Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby. Live guitar music sent the Rhythm & Roots 5K/10K runners on their way, and gospel songs from youth community members sung them across the finish line. At the opening ceremony Emily Epley, DCC executive director, announced Catherine Chambers as first-place winner of the roots music poster contest.

North Carolina Conversations - New Summer-Fall Issue Available

What makes North Carolina the “writingest state”? The summer-fall issue of North Carolina Conversations answers that question with articles on the NC Literary Hall of Fame, the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, the NC Writers’ Network, the NC Collection at UNC Chapel Hill, and North Carolina’s literary magazines. This issue also includes important up-dates on Humanities Council programs and concludes with new poems by Robert Morgan. Free print copies are available. Download a copy here

New Issue of Crossroads Out Now

The summer-fall issue of Crossroads explores “Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970.”  The project used as a point of departure Andrea Clark’s intimate documentary photographs of daily life in Asheville’s vibrant African American communities during the 70s to examine the process and aftermath of urban renewal. The issue includes the voices of residents who today work toward the revitalization of their historic neighborhoods. Download issue.

2010 Caldwell Award Celebration

Join the North Carolina Humanities Council on Friday, October 8 in Greensboro as it honors author and educator Fred Chappell as the 2010 John Tyler Caldwell Laureate. In tribute to Chappell, the Touring Theatre of North Carolina will perform Ole Fred Speaks of Family, commissioned by the North Carolina Humanities Council especially for the event.  Dessert reception. Free and open to the public.

Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has chosen Asheville Wordfest of Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN) to receive the first Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities.

2010 Linda Flowers Literary Award Recipient Announced

Traci Lazenby Elliot of Asheboro, NC, is the 2010 Linda Flowers Literary Award recipient for her short story “Legacy,” which will appear in the Winter-Spring issue of North Carolina Conversations


Position Opening: Director of Development

The North Carolina Humanities Council seeks a Director of Development. The Director ofDevelopment is responsible for building a strong financial base and increasing the resourcesavailable for the Humanities Council for its work to create and strengthen opportunities forpublic humanities programs for the citizens of North Carolina. Primary responsibilities includebuilding relationships with partners throughout the state; implementing and devising newfundraising strategies to support the Annual Fund; grants research and writing; donor prospectresearch and follow-up; and legislative lobbying.

New Harmonies in Appalachia

On September 25, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music opens for a six-week stay in Mars Hill, home to the “Minstrel of the Appalachians” Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Festivities at Mars Hill College include traditional Appalachian dance, Rob Amberg photo display, Pickin’ and Poetry on the Porch, and Searching for the Real Thing in America Music, a Humanities Council Teachers Institute seminar.

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New Harmonies Exhibit Comes to Goldsboro

New Harmonies:  Celebrating American Roots Music, an exhibit hosted by the Arts Council of Wayne County and presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution opens on Saturday, August 7. Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. with a “guitar-string-cutting” and continue until 8:00 p.m. with docent-guided tours of the exhibit and live music outdoors.

Humanities Council Invests $58,950 in Eight Cultural Projects Statewide

During the June 2010 grant cycle, the North Carolina Humanities Council awarded $58,950 in grants for public humanities projects. All funded programs are free and open to the public. Awards included:  

$10,000 to the Ashe County Arts County and Ashe County Public Library for “On the Same Page Literary Festival”

$9,430 to the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe for “Haliwa Indian School Documentation Project, Phase II”