North Carolina Humanities Council Arts and Humanities Grants 2015-2016

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Since November 2015, the North Carolina Humanities Council has funded 27 projects that connect the arts and the humanities in robust ways. Through a variety of arts forms, funded programs document and explore many humanities topics. Music focused grants explore the role of music in shaping new generations (From the Roots Up, We Are the Music Makers) as well as the connections between music and literature (Novel Sounds: American Fiction in the Age of Rock and Roll). Literature grants shed light on how writers engage with a faith tradition or spiritual practice (Faith in Literature), stress the importance of literature in transforming classrooms (Jane Austen Summer Program, 2nd Biennal Sandhills Children’s Literature Symposium Exploring the Power of Poetry and Visual Literacy) and bridge writing and immigration, multiculturalism, and urban renewal (A Home in the Field for All, Community Read – Orphan Train). Several projects use photography, filmmaking, poetry writing, personal narrative, oral history collection, journaling, and quilting to explore and give voice to the experience of diverse war veterans (Hammer Down Invisible Wounds of War, Arts & Humanities Deployed: Writer-in-Residence, From Isolation to War: The American Indian Stories of the Battles and Repercussion of War). Finally, visual arts-focused grants explore collective memory and the complex relationship between tradition, gender, gender identity, race, immigration status, and perception. (Wayne County Quilt History Day, Luke Haynes Lecture, George Catlin and American Indians, Remembering John Biggers, Memories of Inhabited Spaces, Virtual MLK, How They Got Over, This is My Home Educational Tour). These grants also shed light on contemporary issues, like HB2 (Bathroom Banter) and encourage us to imagine the future we can create together (The Future We Remember).