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March 12, 2019 (DURHAM, N.C.) — The Durham 150 convening committee is proud to establish a grants program, supporting individuals and organizations requiring assistance to bring their anniversary-related community event or project to fruition. The convening committee today announced it will award 26 grants from the first round of applications, totaling $35,500. The initiatives awarded align with the mission and vision as well as at least one of the four themes of Durham 150.

“The grants program is central to ensuring the Durham 150 yearlong commemoration is inclusive, diverse, and betters our community,” said E’Vonne Coleman, Co-chair of the Durham 150 grants committee and Chief Operating Officer of Discover Durham. “We were pleased with the range and number of projects submitted thus far and are eager to see what projects are still to come.”

Durham 150 grant applications will be accepted on a rolling deadline on the 15th of every month till July 2019. Nearly 40 applications were submitted before the first deadline on February 15. To receive funding, projects or events must occur in Durham; primarily serve the people of Durham, with the exception of regional, statewide, or national efforts that may benefit a substantial portion of people in the Durham area; align with and support at least one of the four themes; identify a clear target audience; be open to the public; and occur within the 2019 calendar year. Projects may take longer than 2019 to be completed, but they must start this year. Grant funding ranges from $250 to $2,000.

“From research projects and youth conferences to immigration legal services and cultural festivals, applications were varied and well-representative of Durham’s communities,” said Lou Rollins, the recently retired Director of Special Projects for Duke’s Office of Durham & Regional Affairs and Co-chair of the Durham 150 grants committee. “The events and projects supported will contribute greatly to the year of engagements, encourage reflection, explore complex social issues, and help us thrive as a dynamic community.”

The four themes of Durham 150, previously defined by the convening committee, are at the foundation of Durham’s story and will be recognized throughout the yearlong commemoration. The themes are: history and education, innovation and entrepreneurship, social equity and

robust democracy, as well as arts and leisure. The A.J. Fletcher Foundation has generously agreed to sponsor the history and education grants as well as those falling under the arts and leisure theme. The Rotary Clubs of Durham has jumped in to proudly support the social equity and democracy grants. Innovation and entrepreneurship grants are enthusiastically sponsored by Wexford Science + Technology.

In alphabetical order, the projects or events that received funding:

  • 150+20: South American Cultural Extravaganza – a bilingual festival of artists to be held in July, celebrating the 150th anniversary and the cultural association’s 20th anniversary
  • 50th Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival – a family-oriented event that is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, arts and traditions
  • Artist Soapbox: Durham 150 Artists Spotlight – three podcast episodes will be recorded featuring three Durham-based artists
  • Bull City 150 – a public history, geography and community engagement project based at Duke University that is using the context of the anniversary to reckon with the racial and economic injustices of the past 150 years and commit to building a more equitable future
  • ConnectEd Youth Conference – a two-day youth conference focused on post-secondary educational access with four focus areas: economic stability, educational attainment, youth initiated mentoring and community engagement
  • Dance Durham Dance – a re-creation of the live music and dance scene of the Hayti neighborhood from 1950-1980
  • Discover Stagville Tour – free transportation from downtown Durham to the Historic Stagville state historic site from March to August
  • Doc-U-memories – interactive, place-making storytelling, games and walking tours in historic neighborhoods and sites of civic engagement in Durham
  • Durham Black Business Success – a showing of “Negro Durham Marches On” and identification of businesses and churches destroyed during urban renewal, which will conclude with an exhibition
  • Durham Historic Trolley Tour – a trolley tour traveling the route of Durham’s historic streetcar line with a professional guide narrating
  • Freedom through ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Juneteenth 2019 – Jeddah’s Tea will create a custom Durham 150 blend to be featured at a tasting event with a panel discussion featuring local black entrepreneurs on the anniversary of the abolition of slavery
  • Henna: The Unknown History – an interactive exhibit and lecture demonstrating the indigenous roots and modern application of Henna
  • Historic Fayetteville Street Corridor Brochure – a tri-fold brochure highlighting the history of Hayti and the Fayetteville Street Corridor’s past, present and future
  • Immigration Legal Services – to help address the need for accessible and affordable immigration services in the community, the World Relief Durham will launch its immigration legal services program in Spring 2019
  • KVD Durham Civic Engagement Curriculum – will develop curriculum, lesson plans and activities for educators, families and youth around Durham’s local government and history that addresses underrepresented communities
  • Latinos in Durham: A Story of Invisible FORCE – workshops, research and articles on how Latinos are involved in the development of Durham since their origins showing their contributions, dreams and hopes for Durham
  • Make Music Day Durham – will be a spontaneous music making event held in a public space tied to the national Make Music Day in June
  • Phoenix Fest – Durham’s funkiest street music festival with African American entertainment showcasing the Hayti community
  • Playlist Concert Series at Durham Central Park – Durham Central Park’s summer concert series that’s free and open to all
  • POINT4HEALTH – a West End neighborhood project to connect people to neighborhood resources and food that will include painting sidewalks, wayfinding signs and installing legacy gardens
  • ReCity Network Mural Project – a mural project in the lounge of the nonprofit organization’s workspace that will feature the phrase “We Believe in Durham”
  • Summer Enrichment Program – 150 refugee and immigrant children will be enrolled in a four-week program
  • SummerStage BLOCK PARTY – will honor Durham’s record labels with performances by local talent and include food and studio tours
  • Tapestry Tours – walking and bus historical tours that will incorporate poetry held on Fridays from April to November
  • The Bulls of Durham – a living history book project with free online content, coffee mugs a mini-book, and free books for public schools
  • The Scrap Exchange DIY Fest – an event with hands-on activities and demonstrations focused on reusable materials

The City of Durham is the presenting sponsor of the Durham 150 year of celebration, which is also supported by Discover Durham, the Museum of Durham History and the generous contributions of Durham residents, businesses, and organizations. Durham County is also a major sponsor.

All four themes will be on display at the Durham 150 Opening Celebration Presented by Aetna on April 13 at the American Tobacco Campus from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. For more information about Durham 150, the Opening Celebration and other events, visit www.Durham150.org.

About Durham 150:

Durham 150, the official commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the City of Durham’s incorporation in 1869, is a yearlong celebration. The mission of Durham 150 is to recognize Durham’s past, present and future with a year of events, activities, and community engagements to celebrate Durham’s rich history and highly promising future. A diverse group of Durham residents have been identified to coordinate Durham 150 efforts to encourage civic engagement, widespread community participation, and the values of shared prosperity.

Subscribe to the Durham 150 e-mail lists for updates about events, opportunities, fundraising, and more. Visit Durham150.org to find a calendar of events or email contact@durham150.org for more ways to get involved. Join the #Durham150 conversation and follow @DurhamNC150 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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Margaret Pentrack