UnBULLievaBULLy excited & grateful to announce "The Bulls of Durham" living history book project has been awarded one of the Durham 150 Committee grants under the category of History and Education. Grants in the History and Education category are sponsored by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.
Excited to meet the other 35 awardees and learn more about what they do. Every day is a great day to meet someone new (to you) in Durham! After interviewing over 115 interviewees over the course of two years I'm obsessed with getting to meet people in Durham and hearing their story. If you're on this list I'll be reaching out to learn more about you and what you do.
Still can't BULLieve it. Feels incrediBULL. This grant will help us pay for half of the 1st print of "The Bulls of Durham," launching April 10th, 2019, Durham's EXACT 150th. This is everything we've been working towards since August 2nd, 2016. This book is a collaboration of over 200 Durham community members. It definitely takes a village y'all. There's no other village I'd rather be a part of & no other village who could have pulled this off!
From day 1 I've said that this is Durham's book, I'm just the human lucky enough to be the medium. And I'll say that again on the 919th day when WE launch this book.
Grateful for this Durham 150 grant. And like all things Durham, it's timing was divine. This project has officially cost twice what I paid for all 4 of my college degrees combined. Yowza! 17% has been via sponsorship & the other 83% has been straight outta my paycheck, Bull Love Mugs, mini books and other TheBullsOfDurham.com goodies. Now y'all know why I'm out here hustling Bull Love Mugs & "Welcome to the Bull City" mini books.
Someday I'll break down the whole adventure, lessons learned, all the kismet moments, the challenges, the heroes, the villains, oh, and the writing process. But for today, in this moment, all I want to share is my unconditional love of Durm and gratitude for the Durham 150 grant & EVERYONE who has helped along the way.
Thank y'all for BULLieving in me & this wild idea.
Special thanks to Arturo Perez for the photo. Who knew getting this grant would give me magical floating logo powers? Also, thanks for being a true friend Arturo. I appreciate you mucho.
Love. Faith. Gratitude. Durham.
Official Durham 150 Grant Press Release
Durham 150 Announces First 26 Grants Awarded in Support of the City of Durham’s
March 12, 2019 (DURHAM, N.C.) — The Durham 150 convening committee is proud to
establish a grants program that supports individuals and organizations requiring assistance to
bring their anniversary-related community event or project to fruition. Today, the convening
committee announced it will award 26 grants from the first round of applications totaling
$35,500. The initiatives awarded align with the mission, vision and 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
• 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
• 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
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more ways to get involved. Join the #Durham150 conversation and follow @DurhamNC150 across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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