We work hard to preserve North Carolina's treasures, provide the best cultural events and advocate for the state's arts industry, but we couldn't do any of it without your support.
We're working on way to allow you to give to an unrestricted fund where leaders from our department can match your funds with our programs that need them the most. In the mean time, several of our historic sites, museums and special programs are in particular need.
Art That Moves You
Art That Moves You is a new initiative of Governor Pat McCrory to improve bridges and infrastructure throughout North Carolina to demonstrate the clever imagination that resides within our communities. By expanding the use of texture, landscaping, lighting, stamping and the display of original art, watch North Carolina’s aesthetics improve as we showcase North Carolina’s unique cultural artistic heritage in years to come.
Battleship North Carolina Generations Campaign
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is in urgent need to repair to the ship’s hull and is now asking the public for their help. Calling for all hands on deck, the Generations Campaign is the crucial effort to fund these imperative repairs. Without these repairs, the ship will no longer be able to serve as North Carolina’s memorial to those who served and died during World War II and for all those who continue to serve and protect our nation’s freedoms.
While the NORTH CAROLINA defeated all enemies in battle, 50 years of corrosion has taken its toll. Her once thick steel hull is now wafer thin along the tideline. In some places a finger can poke through the hull. With no federal or state funding for operations, and over 250,000 visitors each year, the NORTH CAROLINA depends on passionate individuals to preserve her as a memorial and as an education center for our future generations.
North Carolina Civil War History Center
The North Carolina Civil War History Center will be the first museum in the nation to tackle the difficult topics of the Civil War and Reconstruction from the perspective of a single state and all of its people. The $65 million project will take a phased, multi-year approach and is affiliated with our current regional history museum in Fayetteville, the Museum of the Cape Fear.
The four-acre History Center site will include a 60,000-square-foot main museum built outside the U.S. Arsenal at Fayetteville’s archaeological footprint, protecting the remnants of the asset seized by Confederate forces in 1861 and leveled by William T. Sherman’s engineers four years later. The existing 1896 E.A. Poe House and three Civil War-era structures, currently on the property, are incorporated into the larger, interpretive plan as well.
State Parks Centennial Passport
Just in time for their centennial celebration, North Carolina's State Parks are working to publish a passport, inviting all North Carolinians to explore our state's natural wonders. Each page will include an iconic photo of the park, a few cool facts about that park and the activities available, and each park will have unique stamp mark, highlighting the special environment that each park preserves.
Treasures of Carolina Exhibit
This one-of-a-kind exhibit will invite visitors to discover how the State Archives serves as North Carolina’s memory bank through documents and photographs, and showcase archival items rarely displayed, such as the 1663 Carolina Charter that created our state, North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights, and the oldest map dating to 1584. The Friends of the Archives website details some of the benefits of giving.