Grants Funded

The North Carolina Humanities Council is pleased to announce our 2015 Cycle Standing Together Grant recipients! This award, made possible in part through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Standing Together Initiative, supports projects that promote understanding of the experiences of service members and assist veterans as they return to civilian life.

Successful proposals have clear potential to involve our state’s veterans by drawing on the power of the humanities to:

  • Support advanced scholarship in the humanities that explores war and its aftermath.
  • Promote discussion and deepen understanding of the experiences of those Americans affiliated with the armed services, whether active duty or veterans.
  • Support returning veterans and their families.

Congratulations to our Fall 2016 Cycle Standing Together grant recipients the Guilford Native American Association, Hidden Voices, The Arts Council of Wilmington and Hidden Voices

Grant Recipient: Guilford Native American Association

Project Title: From Isolation to War: The American Indian Stories of the Battles and Repercussion of War

This project collects the stories of Native American veterans via video, photos, audio, and journals by Native American quilters. The collected stories will be incorporated into 16 story quilts. The quilts will be part of an exhibit traveling in North Carolina. The project includes an opening reception with time to speak with project participants.

Grant Recipient: The Arts Council of Wilmington

Project Title: Invisible Wounds of War

This project provides an in-depth exploration of the human experience of the invisible war wounds from the voice and perspective of veterans. The project includes: 1) writing and photography workshops for 10 veterans, 2) individual collaborative self-portrait photo session for each veteran, 3) exhibit of writing and photography at The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover, 4) opening reception with readings, 5) panel discussion. Additionally, the project will create an online gallery of the work from 2015 and 2016-17; an online blog open to veterans, military personnel and their families; and a 4-week photography workshop.

You can read news coverage of this project here.

Grant Recipient: Hidden Voices

Project Title: At Ease: Bridging the Military Divide

This project brings together the voices of service members and their families to audiences through an interactive touring exhibit of “care packages,” letters to viewers and monologues from their stories. These materials are created during workshops and individual interviews. Funds from NCHC will partially cover the costs of workshops with student veterans in the fall of 2016 creating and touring an exhibit in 2017. Exhibit will tour to 10 locations in North Carolina.


Congratulations to our Fall 2015 Cycle Standing Together grant recipients the Asheville Buncombe Sustainable Community Initiatives and North Carolina A&T State University.

Grant Recipient: Asheville Buncombe Sustainable Community Initiatives (ABSCI)

Project Title: Arts & Humanities Deployed – Writer-in-Residence, Charles George VA Medical Center

This 6-month writing program led by former North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will meet with approximately 30 Vietnam Veterans still suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome to process the Veterans’ war experiences. To extend the impact of the program to the larger community, Bathanti will also curate an anthology and readers’ theater script based on the Veterans’ work. This project builds on two successful programs at CGVAMC: Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care funded by NCHC, and a pilot writing program with the same scholar. “Arts & Humanities Deployed” is part of a national model that advocates for the role of the arts and the humanities in the recovery and healing of Veterans who carry the wounds of war.

Grant Recipient: North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T).

Project Title: Honoring Aggie Military Veterans, Past and Present in       2016

This series of programs highlights the contributions of African American Veterans, both during their in-service military years and at NCA&T and engages students in research, faculty in innovative course design and curriculum development, and connects with the community. Through multimedia presentations, brochures, brown bag discussions, two lectures, and a ceremony to commemorate NCA&T Veterans, this program will explore recent global military conflicts, reflections/reporting of such conflicts in news and social media, and connections between NCA&T and the civil rights movement. Resources created for this program will be incorporated into future A&T classes and will be shared with other HBCUs and organizations, creating a larger impact for the project.

Congratulations to our Spring 2015 Cycle Standing Together grant recipients Wilkes Central High School and the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County!

Grant Recipient: Wilkes Central High School

Project Title: Hammer Down

Led by the high school social studies department in cooperation with the NC National Guard Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), this project will use primary source data and interviews to produce a documentary film chronicling stories of NC veterans of OIF. The focus of the film will be war and its effects on individuals, communities and cultures in an attempt to dispel Hollywood stereotypes of military life. The project features a one-day workshop for area high school teachers on how to integrate the film and its humanities themes into their history curriculum. A community night, hosted by the Liberty Theater and Wilkes County Art Gallery, will provide an opportunity to meet the veterans and filmmaker, an exhibit of veteran’s photographs a memorabilia, and a screening of the film. Follow up discussions of the film will be hosted by Appalachian Regional Library.

Grant Recipient: The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover       County

Project Title:  Invisible Wounds of War

This interdisciplinary project highlights the invisible wounds of war - psychological, moral and spiritual. This project will allow veterans to express their voices through a writing workshop and a writing prompt distributed through local veterans’ service organizations.  An exhibit at the UNC-Wilmington Library will develop community appreciation of veterans’ experiences. The exhibit will feature the writing and portraits of veterans participating in the writing workshop, the writing of regional veterans engaged through the writing prompt, and photographs from veterans’ service. The project will also host a series of workshops, lectures and book readings to provide avenues for reconciling these invisible wounds of war.

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