Mini Grant

Indian Summer Program Series

This grant supports the Schiele Museum's "Indian Summer Program Series." This project is intended to broadly share the American Indian story with audiences by introducing museum visitors to guest presenters and researchers through a series of educational programs geared towards public and student audiences. Through this series, the museum will work to enlighten citizens about the rich and complex history and culture of the American Indian and increase community awareness of Indigenous Peoples, their unique perspectives and challenges, both within this region and across the nation.

Inalienable Rights: Living History through the Eyes of the Enslaved

This grant supports the project "Inalienable Rights: Living History through the Eyes of the Enslaved." On Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, 2019, the Polk Memorial Support Fund Inc., in partnership with the Slave Dwelling Project, the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the film project History before Us, will host a series of intensely intimate, immersive and engaging programs focused on the history, experience and heritage of enslaved persons and segregation in the south in the United States and the Carolinas.

1619-2019: Recognizing 400 Years of African-American History

This grant supports the "1619-2019: Recognizing 400 Years of African-American History" project which builds off of Congress' 400 Years of African American History Commission Act. The Act recognizes the anniversary of the first African captives brought to the shores of colonial America. Their arrival on these shores, more than 150 years before the United States became a nation, marked the beginning of an African American identity and the centuries’ long struggle for African American freedom and citizenship.

Archives Aflame: Voices from World War II Pacific Engagement

This grant supports the project a staged reading of veterans’ stories and an Artists’ Talk for the project "Archives Aflame: Voices from World War II Pacific Engagement." The project was born from the experience of Kei Ito and Andrew Paul Keiper is the result of the intersection in the lives two randomly selected college roommates. This project is a multi-media exhibition featuring a large-scale visual and sound installation that probes the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the artists’ intertwined family histories.

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.

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