Mini Grant

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.

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly Bicentennial Symposium

This grant supports the Historic Hillsborough Commission's events to mark the 200th anniversary of the 1818 birth of Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly, who lived at the Burwell School Historic Site from 1835 - 1842 as an enslaved member of the Burwell household. Their year-long commemoration includes a series of programs which started February 11, 2018 and consists of exhibits, lectures and dramatic representations.

Our Voices Will Be Heard

This grant supports the interdisciplinary public humanities project, "Our Voices Will Be Heard." This project immerses the audience in the world of the Women’s Suffrage, recreating the urgency of the cause and marches and bringing the experience to life through Virtual Reality. The project features an orchestral concert and related community engagement offerings built around the themes of gender equality, racial equality and social justice as fundamental human rights.

Jane Austen Summer Program

This grant supports scholarships for 8-10 North Carolina Public School teachers' to attend at the 2018 Annual Jane Austen Summer Program (JASP). The 2018 conference celebrate the bicentennial of the publication of Northanger Abbey. Her first novel to be completed for publication in 1803, Northanger Abbey did not get published until after her death, in 1817.

Freight Train Blues II

This Grassroots grant provided funding for the fourth annual Freight Train Blues concert series, in May/June 2018. The series will include live Blues music performances on four Friday evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm, and will be offered free to the public at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market. The performances will include educational introductions crafted by Zoe van Buren, M.A., advised by Music Maker’s Founder, Timothy Duffy, M.A., delving into the history of the music presented and the importance of North Carolina’s musical heritage to our culture today.

ISLA Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition

This Grassroots grant provided funding for an interdisciplinary panel discussion for teachers and school administrators designed to reflect on how to interpret and analyze and these findings and incorporate them into curriculum and classroom experiences. The event brings togehter scholars and community leaders to exchange ideas, interpret findings and share perspectives with local educators on how bilingualism, biliteracy and cultural immersion affect children’s’ brain development, academic and social capabilities, and cultural identity.

100th Anniversary of WWI, NC Archives Exhibit

This Grassroots grant provides funding for a community education day at the Alamance Community College (ACC) on March 29, 2018 with programming around the traveling exhibit "World War I 100th Anniversary" from the North Carolina Archives. ACC partnered with area museums to showcase Alamance County artifacts for the day to provide area a true interactive and immersive museum experience. This exhibit included performances by the ACC Chorus, costumed interpreters, activity tables with cryptography exercises, propaganda poster coloring pages, poppy making and victory gardens.

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