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Grant Supports 'KEEPING WATCH ON WATER'

The UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture will receive a $10,000 National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Challenge America grant to support programming by the Projective Eye Gallery for the "KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks" project. The NEA received 347 eligible Challenge America applications and will award 163 grants for a total of $1.63 million.

Organized by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, KEEPING WATCH is a three-year initiative designed to foster collaboration across disciplines and interest groups to engage the public in local environmental issues. The focus for 2015 is water quality and in particular, urban streams. With some 80 named creeks, most of which originate in Mecklenburg County, Charlotte is indeed a "City of Creeks." These waterways have shaped the development of the city and have played important roles in the lives of its citizens.

N.C. Humanities Council Moves to Center City

The North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC) will move its administrative offices to Charlotte in early 2015, to take advantage of what its leaders believe are new and exciting opportunities for organizational development and collaborations in the state’s largest city. Effective Jan. 31, 2015, the council’s new offices will be in UNC Charlotte's Center City building.

Jerry Coughter, executive director of UNC Charlotte Center City, said the NCHC will be a welcome addition to the facility. "UNC Charlotte Center City has been essential to supporting the University’s broader mission of community engagement, urban research and contributing to the economic development of the region. I anticipate the North Carolina Humanities Council will develop a broad partnership with our College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and will help us grow our lifelong learning opportunities that we offer across the region."

NCHC is a statewide nonprofit agency that provides advocacy, grant-making and activities to support understanding of the humanities, especially literature, history, art, music and philosophy. It has been in Greensboro since its inception in 1972. Among the programs funded by NCHC are the "Let’s Talk About It" book discussion series, Roads Scholars speakers series and Museum on Main Street exhibit in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution.