Welcome to the North Carolina Humanities Council

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Founded in 1972, the North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities dedicated to exploring and celebrating our state’s heritage, history and people. Through programs and partnerships, the Council preserves and shares the stories that bring North Carolina’s culture to life and enrich the lives of residents across the state.


Our web calendar in the right-hand menu lists upcoming events and activities. All event dates and times are listed as they were submitted to the Council. Please contact the local project director listed on the event link to confirm details.

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 20, 2020) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded $628,300 in NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant funding to 59 museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural nonprofit organizations across North Carolina.

This grant funding will directly support expenses such as staff salaries, general operating costs which support humanities programming, and the digitization of collections and resources to make them available online.

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 18, 2020) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has announced its 2020 panel of judges for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Judges were selected based on expertise and level of literary involvement in the state of North Carolina.

The Linda Flowers Literary Award is given to exceptional North Carolina authors whose work celebrates the North Carolina experience and conveys excellence in writing. Submissions will be accepted online from April 1-June 25, 2020 at www.nchumanities.org.

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 17, 2020) – The North Carolina Humanities Council is a 501 (c)(3) statewide nonprofit that serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life.

Traveling to the past with the East Coast State Centers for the Book: Reading list highlights East Coast destinations through historical fiction.

June 5, 2020

In North Carolina, and in communities across our country, we are grappling with how to confront the realities of racism; we are wrestling with what actions we can engage in; and how best to provide a better future for all.  

Here in North Carolina, we have our own histories and stories of discrimination and inequality, and it is the continued commitment of the North Carolina Humanities Council to share and collect these narratives to challenge and commemorate our shared humanity.

$628,300 in grants will be made to historical societies, museums, and other humanities-focused groups

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 12, 2020) – The North Carolina Humanities Council is accepting applications for more than $600,000 in emergency grants to support nonprofit cultural organizations in the state experiencing hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic.