Press Releases

Magdalena Maiz-Peña Selected as Humanities Council Trustee

The North Carolina Humanities Council is pleased to announce the selection of Magdalena Maiz-Peña as a new trustee. Maiz-Peña is the William H. Williamson Professor of Spanish at Davidson College, where she chairs the Spanish department. The college honored her with the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award in 1995. She received the ODK Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997 and the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award in 2006. In 2007 she was recognized for her work in the Latino Community with the Latin American Coalition Award.

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.

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”

Fred Chappell to Receive Caldwell Award

The trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council have chosen North Carolina author and educator Fred Chappell as the recipient of the 2010 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the state’s most prestigious public humanities honor. The award ceremony is scheduled for Friday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Music Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Asheville Wordfest, Recipient of the 2010 Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

The Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities honors outstanding, imaginative, and significant work that reflects, affirms, and promotes the mission and vision of the North Carolina Humanities Council. The award celebrates substantial involvement by a project sponsor or individual in inspiring and developing activities in the public humanities that invite active collaboration by a wide range of community partners.

$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.

Katey Schultz Receives Literary Award

The North Carolina Humanities Council announces Katey Schultz as the recipient of the annual Linda Flowers Literary Award. “Amplitude” was among more than eighty entries of original poetry, prose, and nonfiction submitted to the North Carolina Humanities Council. The award celebrates outstanding writing that shows a deep connection to the people of North Carolina and illuminates in a vital way their distinctive stories and voices. “Amplitude” will appear in the winter-spring 2010 issue of North Carolina Conversations, the magazine of the North Carolina Humanities Council.