Mini Grant

The Hair-Do Project

Through still photography and video, the Hair Do Project will explore subjects’ efforts to utilize their hairstyles so their outward appearances align with their inner aspirations. Understanding, controlling, and styling hair is as arbitrary as any social art form, but given the right tools, hair can be a platform for community and individual empowerment.

Writers Series

Bladen Community College will host four guest speakers through the Writers Series in spring 2013. The Writers Series aims to enrich students' culture and interest in writing and reading. It allows the students a chance to meet award winning writers and listen to their experiences. Moreover, since Bladen Community College serves a very rural area where very few well-established authors would routinely visit, the college assumes an active role in engaging the community in its literary activities.

Race, Truth, and Fiction in Thomas Wolfe's "The Child by Tiger"

Buncombe County Public Libraries and The Thomas Wolfe Memorial are sponsoring a two part reading and discussion series based on Thomas Wolfe’s short story, The Child by Tiger.  This story is based on a real event which took place in Asheville in 1906.


A documentary film, Carolina 85  examining the history of Greensboro’s Carolina Theatre by Brazilian filmmaker Paula Damasceno. It will be introduced by Bamidele Demerson, Executive Director of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum at a special celebration on October 29th at the Carolina Theater.

North Carolina Stories: In, Out, Through, and Back Again: Smoky Mountain Journeys

A series of exhibitions, physical and digital, showcasing 5 local jorney stories.

North Carolina Stories: Where Are You From?

Wake Forest University's Ethnic Studies Department launches a website called Where Are You From?, a site dedicated to a project of video vignettes featuring first-hand accounts of immigration to North Carolina. 

Parallel Trajectories of the Civil (Human) Rights Movement and the Rastafari Movement

A panel discussion with former mayor of Greensboro, North Carolina, Mrs. Yvonne Johnson; writer/radio announcer Larry Reni Thomas, who has written two books on the Wilmington Ten; Mrs. Norma Hamilton (Nana Farika Berhane) and Ras Don Rico Ricketts.  Mayor Johnson and Thomas will cover the civil rights era (1954—1968) and Nana Berhane and Ras Ricketts are both internationally-known Rastafarians, who will speak about the Rastafarian relationship to the civil rights movement.  The discussion will be moderated by historian/author/lecturer Dr. Bruce Bridges.

Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey

A talk by author Isabel Wilkerson on her book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

You Wouldn't Expect

Performance and panel discussion of the play, "You Wouldn't Expect."

Cultural Arts Festival

2nd Cultural Arts Festival

This event features diverse musical talent from throughout the five county region that forms the Collaborative; local arts and crafts artisans, historic tours, including the Underground Railroad Trail, the Remembering Tillery History House, and Medoc Mountain Park, storytelling and films, as well as a variety of ethnic foods and other local vendors. All of which is organized to bring about awareness and education to the citizenry of the various cultures along the Roanoke River.


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