Mini Grant

Musicians as Historians

This grant supports support an afternoon seminar that explores how the musician brings an understanding of culture and history through the recording and preservation of music. The seminar includes 4-time Grammy Award-winner David Holt and East Tennessee State University professor and musician Roy Andrade. An evening concert at the Burnsville Town Center follows.


Behind the Scenes: A Meeting between Anna Burwell and Elizabeth Keckley

This grant supports a staged reading of the play Behind the Scenes: A Meeting between Anna Burwell and Elizabeth Keckley, which imagines a conversation between the headmistress of the Burwell School and founder of Peace College and Keckley, a slave at the school who went on to become the couturier and close friend if Mary Todd Lincoln. Program includes a panel, Q&A session with audience, and book signing.

April 15, 2017 – May 15, 2017

Afroqueer Ontology: Dance Workshop

This grant supports a daytime theory/dance workshop for Central Piedmont Community College students and the community and an evening lecture/discussion/performance for the public by Duke University dance and Afroqueer theory scholar Thomas DeFrantz.


Color of Harmony

This public event extends the reach of the Museum’s exhibit: Race: Are We So Different? The event includes an interactive workshop and performances by scholars/artists whose work has been influenced by race: presenter and folk artist Reggie Harris, and blues guitarist Lakota Jones.


Female Authors Writing America Between World Wars

This grant supports 5 lectures and 3 documentary films to be presented in the fall of 2017 to introduce Ashevillians to the lives and work of prominent, but overlooked, female writers of the 1920s and 1930s: Ellen Glasgow, Julia Peterkin, Oliver Tilford Dargan, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Freight Train Blues

This grant supports the 3rd annual Freight Train Blues Festival, a concert series highlighting the unique characteristics of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area cultural and musical history, to be presented at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market on Friday evenings.

Novel Sounds II

This grant support a ½ day conference titled Novel Sounds II, exploring the relationship between the ballad form, rock and roll and literature. The conference includes panel discussions; a keynote roundtable with historian Peter Guralnick, novelist Roddy Doyle, and musician Steve Earle, and a live performance by Earle.

Rhythm and Race: A Celebration of Music and Spoken Word

This grant supports a one-day event to expand the impact of a free exhibit the museum will host from April 22 to September 4, 2017, titled Race: Are We So Different? The event includes spoken word workshops for youth and adults, an open mic, and poetry and musical performances.

Kernersville Through History

This grant award supports the creation of Kernersville Museum's first permanent exhibit. The exhibit will highlight the history of the town and the stories of the people who made the town what it is today. Includes interactive components for adults and children, and a station where residents can share their town stories and “map” the town as they remember it.

Mapping Resource Sites in the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor

This project supports a team of faculty and students at Queens University in Charlotte’s History Department as they develop a set of interactive maps with data on sites associated with the Gullah/Geehee Cultural Heritage Corridor (GGCHC) to promote public awareness of this Federal resource. Includes data collection, creation of contextual materials, and map design/development.

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