The Gathering Place Project (GPP) is a training and outreach initiative of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission.
The program will provide statewide assistance in connecting and growing community, organizational, and individual skill-sets among and for African American museum spaces.
Our goal is to facilitate the growth of best practices for North Carolina’s African American museum spaces which include cultural centers, archives, historic schools, historic homes, historic cemeteries, galleries, and libraries. We will work with heritage practitioners to focus on issues of preservation, sharing your message, and applying research in engaging ways. Further, the project will highlight collaborative workforce development opportunities with local Historically Black Colleges and universities (HBCUs) to create a new generation of heritage practitioners.
The project reaches out to 36 museums and 70 additional cultural heritage institutions preserving uniquely African American collections across the state.
The Gathering Place Project is an interdisciplinary initiative made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This is a two year project that started in 2012. The AAHC is partnering with the following organizations:
- International Civil Rights Museum, Greensboro
- Stagville State Historic Site, Durham
- Fayetteville State University
- Bennett College, Greensboro
- Advisory board of community and academic leaders from African American museums and Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Tools & Resources
The Resource Materials from the Gathering Place Project training will be available here. Bookmark this page and use the links below to download resources.
Gathering, Growing, and Gleaning: Vital Resources for our African American Museum Spaces.
Darrell Stover, N.C. Humanities Council
Humanities Council Guide
Mark Isaksen, Institute of Museum and Library Services