Mini Grant

The Warp & The Weft

This grant supports discussion guides, lobby exhibit, and audience talk backs for the Asheville Creative Arts performance of The Warp & The Weft. From April 18-28, 2019, Asheville Creative Arts will present 16, 60-minute family-friendly performances of The Warp & The Weft, a world premiere, immersive documentary style theatrical experience that aims to offer a more nuanced view of child labor, and by extension, childhood, in the South.

The Hero in our Cultures: A Journey to Discovery

This grant supports “The Hero in our Cultures: A Journey to Discovery” a program which examines D.S. Niane’s “Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali.” This epic poem is taken from West Africa’s medieval age with its griot, or storyteller, playing a musical instrument as they tell the history of the founder of the kingdom of Mali. This project allows the community to experience world literature and multicultural traditions through a community read, public forum, and discussion.

3rd Biennial Sandhills Children's Literature Symposium: "Cultural Identity in Children's Literature"

This grant supports the “Sandhills Children's Literature Symposium” which addresses the issue of literacy development in rural communities. The Symposium will host an award-winning children’s literature author and illustrator, to teach workshops addressing specific active-learning literacy skills as it relates to their work. This project provides students with access to quality literature and equips educators with effective strategies to teach literacy and improve the literacy skills, cognitive and social growth of children in the Sandhills region.

Princeville, NC: Heritage and a Sense of Place

This grant supports “Princeville, NC: Heritage and a Sense of Place” which addresses the need for heritage preservation and public education for the historic town of Princeville, North Carolina. Originally named Freedom Hill, the town was settled by formerly enslaved Africans freed after the Civil War seeking self-determination and empowerment. Incorporated in 1885 and renamed Princeville, the city remains the oldest incorporated African American town in the United States.

The Talk

This grant supports dialogue around “The Talk,” a project that weaves together s scholarly work as a and draws on the voices of ancestors, elders, youths, and intellectuals to engage in the difficult conversations that we must have with children to prepare them to survive and thrive in a racialized America.

Diversity in Language and Culture Conference

This grant supports a community conference and training examining diversity in language and culture. The Coalition for Diversity in Language and Culture (CDLC) at UNC Greensboro is a catalyst for promoting the educational and sociocultural well-being of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) individuals and groups through a comprehensive agenda that engages community voices and promotes dialogue and partnerships.

Beyond Despair: Next Steps for Environmental Humanities

This grant supports “Thinking Beyond Despair: Next Steps for Environmental Humanities” a multifaceted initiative intended to focus discussion and tangible impact on how environmental issues are being taught in the classroom, and the role of the humanities in those critical discussions.  The initiative launches with a visual arts exhibit, curated and juried by the Visual Art Exchange, the production/distribution of an 8-part podcast series, and creation of pedagogical tools and education resources for k-12 classrooms, as well as a public documentary screening.

A New Road Map: A mobile bus exhibition about North Carolina's incarceration history

This grant supports “A New Road Map: A mobile bus exhibition about North Carolina's incarceration history” which transforms a bus donated by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety into a mobile museum exhibition entitled "A New Road Map: Incarceration in North Carolina from the Chain Gang Era to Today." Through a bus tour, the exhibition and oral histories will reach audiences across the state and introduce visitors to the history of the North Carolina prison system through the story of one prison while asking the question, "What does it mean to ‘flip’ a prison and why does it matte

Southern Women Writing America between the World Wars

This grant supports a partnership between the Wilma Dykeman Legacy and the Buncombe County Public Libraries, to host a 2018 series of lectures, documentary film screenings, and book club discussions to introduce Ashevillians to four important Southern women writers.

Pride and Pain: Remembering the Polio Hospital Site

This grant supports the creation of a traveling exhibit and three public programs commemorating and honoring the contested history of the Central Carolina Convalescent Hospital. The first event is on the 70th anniversary of the polio hospital opening; the second, on World Polio Day; and third on International Students Day.

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