Mini Grant

We Are the Music Makers Blues Revue

This program accompanies the multi-media exhibit We Are the Music Makers documenting Roots music in NC. The program includes an educational presentation by scholar Tim Duffy on the history of roots music and a performance by musicians on the exhibit. The exhibit will be displayed at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte from September 11, 2015 – April 24, 2016.

Community Read – “Orphan Train”

This grant supports High Point’s first Community Read centered on the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker. Program includes 4 months of activities, including book discussions, art exhibits, artifact displays and programs based on the book’s themes – including an author’s reading in April 2016.

The Future We Remember: A Scholar Conversation at SECCA

This project showcases five public conversations with North Carolina scholars exploring the intersections among the humanities and the sciences, informed by SECCA's exhibit The Future We Remember. The exhibit brings together contemporary artists whose work “offers fictions and fantasies of what culture, technology, and ecology could become.” Through monthly conversations, scholars will help audiences to interpret items in a time capsule selected by exhibit artists.

Unmapping Rosedale

This is the second part of a four-part project that works with professionals to conduct research and collect data that will ultimately help tell the stories of those who lived, worked, and traveled through, to, or at Historic Rosedale Plantation.

We Are the Music Makers Blues Revue

We Are the Music Makers Blues Revue is a performance that accompanies Music Maker Relief Foundation's We Are the Music Makers! multi-media photography exhibit at Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts Center. This project provided an educational presentation on North Carolina music, and a live roots music experience, free, to a diverse audience. Senior musicians performing at the program and their music are also part of the exhibit.

An Oral History of School Desegration in Franklin County, NC

This project documents the stories and learns from the experiences of twelve local students, parents, and school personnel who were involved in the court-ordered desegretaion of the public schools in Franklin County, North Carolina, in 1967 and later. Franklin County Schools is one of only two North Carolina school systems still subject to court supervision. Interviews and transcripts are available on the Louisburg College's website.

Storied Voices: Sampling Southern Short Stories

This home-grown book discussion series for adult audiences takes the Let's Talk About book discussion series model and adapts it to the interest of the local community. During 5 bi-weekly, 2-hr meetings, participants will discuss short story collections by Southern writers, including William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, and Flannery O’Connor. The series includes readings and facilitated discussions that provide background on the authors and their works. Common questions for each collection will highlight the commonalities and differences of the works.

Remembering John Biggers

This grant supports programming to accompany an exhibit of John Biggers' work on display at Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts October 30, 2015 – January 31, 2016. Programming includes a panel discussion “A Conversation with Friends,” exploring the cultural significance and themes (ancestry, heritage, regionalism, spirituality) prevalent in the artist’s work. The panel includes scholar Brooke Davis Anderson; Durham artist Vandorn Hinnant; Biggers’ nephew and mentee, James Bigger, and Simon Atkins Alexander, collector and one of Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts founder.

Virtual Martin Luther King Project: A Digital Humanities Public Installation

The Virtual Martin Luther King Project will develop a digitally rendered visual model of the original White Rock Baptist Church sanctuary in Durham to create a full immersive digital experience of Dr. King’s 1960 Fill Up the Jails speech. The project includes a launch for students and a public exhibition at the Church.

Exploring African American Culture Through the Works of Eleanora E. Tate

This series of programs explores African American heritage, history, and culture through selected works of local author Eleanora E. Tate. Programs include: tour of Raleigh exploring the importance of the local African American events and landmarks in one of the book; storytelling and performance celebrating the role of historical figures, ancestors, and family members within the community; and a film screening exploring the importance of family and community to help children overcome challenges and obstacles.

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