Mini Grant

Cecil Sharp’s Appalachian Photographs

This project supports the development and presentation of a historical photograph exhibition of images taken by Cecil Sharp in the Appalachian region of North Carolina and other states. Sharp collected and documented traditional English ballads that connect mountain residents to their ancestors in England. Includes a tour to 4 North Carolina locations, music performances and lectures.

Dispatches Talk @ SECCA: Artic IS

This project includes a public talk in conjunction with the exhibit Dispatches, which “gathers and generates artistic responses to the news and current issues by 38 contemporary artists and photojournalists.” The talk will present 3 artist/scholars whose work is part of the exhibit, and addresses ecological justice and climate change. Scholars and artists will discuss the artists’ responses to climate change, its connection to terrorism, and local and global responses to these issues.

When All God’s Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Lives and Music of African American Communities in Far Western North Carolina

This project focuses on the musical traditions of the African American communities of far western North Carolina as manifested in churches, schools, and workplaces. Includes documentation of cultural traditions, a traveling exhibit, musical heritage events in Sylva, Murphy, and Waynesville, and 8 educational programs.

Solitude and Mystery: Cherokee Art and Culture

This award supports an exhibit and public programs designed to tell the story of Cherokee artist John Julius Wilnoty, featuring his carvings and his North Carolina Cherokee heritage. Includes a reception, book sale and signing, scholar presentation and Q&A, teacher workshop, school group tours, and a family guide.

January 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017

Memories of Inhabited Spaces

This grant supports an exhibit of work by artist Bob Dilworth, an opening reception/lecture, and 2 sewing circles.

Bathroom Banter

This 75-minute panel discussion provides a hard look at satirizing North Carolina’s House Bill 2 controversy. The panel is moderated by Gavin Yamey, Duke Professor of the Practice of Global Health and Public Policy and features Pulitzer Prize-Winning editorial cartoonist Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer; Jill Morrill, state government reporter for The Charlotte Observer; and other editorial cartoonists from around the country.

Novel Sounds: American Fiction in the Age of Rock & Roll

This award supports a 2-day conference examining rock and roll as a literary form of expression that has shaped our national heritage. Includes 5 panel discussions, keynote roundtable, webinars for high school educators, and a performance. The conference will be filmed and broadcast by UNC-TV and streamed, and archived on their website.

Project Dates: 10/14/2016- 10/15/16

2nd Biennial Sandhills Children's Literature Symposium: Exploring the Power of Poetry and Visual Literacy

This grant supports a day-long Children’s Literary Symposium for K-12 teachers, media specialists, education professors, university librarians, in-service educators, and public library children’s librarians. The symposium will help participants teach poetry and visual literacy to support students’ literacy and reading comprehension skills.

Project Date: 10/28/2016

Bladen County Community College Writers Series 2016 - 2017

This grant funds four speakers to participate in the College’s Writers Series. Events involve public readings and student workshops.

Writers include Zelda Lockhart and Don Brown in the fall and Beth Copeland and Mark Cox in the spring.

Project Dates: 9/14/16 - 3/20/17

American Indian Women of Proud Nations Conference

This grant supports scholarships for 16 attendees to a two-day conference focusing on the life and culture of Native American women. Includes workshops and a cultural event covering the histories and culture of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, who are hosting the event.

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