Mini Grant

Environmental Economics Forum

This grant supports a two-day Environmental Economics Forum examining environmental philosophy and economics with the goal of educating the general public about the relationship between economics and the environment.

The Odyssey Project

This grant supports a series of 3 community dialoguesat UNC Asheville  which use episodes from Homer’s Odyssey as the context for exploring current societal challenges. The first dialogue will be an introduction to the themes of the project, the second dialogue will use the episode of Odysseus at Ismaros as the context to discuss violence and colonialism and the seeds of its glorification, and the third dialogue will use Odysseus’ homecoming to Ithaka to discuss masculinity and how to get beyond the seduction of violence as virtue.

Building a Just World: A Campus/Community Film Series

The grant supports a film series to show three popular films on social justice to coincide with important commemorative events:  Windtalkers/Veterans Day/Native American Heritage Month; Selma/Martin Luther King Day; Suffragette/Women’s History Month.  An interactive panel discussion with the audience will follow each film.  Panelists will include at least one faculty member and one community member with expertise on the topic. Campus and community discussions of these films will promote civic education and civil discourse on of social justice issues today.

Reinterpreting Historic Latta Plantation

This grant supports a new exhibit in the visitor center which examines and reveals untold multicultural personal community stories of the enslaved people. The exhibit will feature a children’s explore and learn space, a community sharing platform with interactive post-your-stories, and it will also include a documentary of life on the plantation with accounts of all the enslaved people who once lived here. Additionally, the project will provide the impetus for public programs that create community dialogue on Race and Reconciliation.

From Mothers to Mayors: Celebrating a Century of Women’s Suffrage

This grant supports a new exhibit entitled “From Mothers to Mayors: Celebrating a Century of Women’s Suffrage” and related programming.  2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the exhibit will chart the political challenges of the first suffragettes, highlighting local notable Gertrude Weil who set up her offices for the NC Equal Suffrage Association in Raleigh and launched the fight for the state to ratify the 19th amendment.

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.

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