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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.

Dance Students to Perform with Graham Company

Students from the UNC Charlotte Department of Dance will perform Martha Graham's "Steps in the Street" (1936) for a program with the Martha Graham Dance Company being presented by the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Knight Theater.

"Steps in the Street," with its subtitle "Devastation – Homelessness – Exile," is part of a larger work "Chronicle" created by Graham in response to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. The piece, which features 12 dancers, is known for its stark and dramatic movement as it addresses the spiritual damage that war inflicts.

In February, these students will reprise their performance at the Joyce Theater in New York City at the Martha Graham Dance Company’s University Partners Showcase.