The Gathering Place Project

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

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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.

August, 2013: 
Gathering, Growing, and Gleaning: Vital Resources for our African American Museum Spaces.

Resource Materials:

Pre-Conference Training Overview 


Fiscal Health, Morenga HuntArts and Nonprofit Development Consulting 
Financially Healthy Nonprofits 
Questions to Address 
Indicators of Financial Health 
LUNA Model 
Nonprofit Assessment

Considerations for Tough Times 
Tips for Tough Times 
Wallace Foundation – Resources for Non Profit Financial Management 
A Basic Guide for Non Profit Financial Management


Coming Soon


Darrell StoverN.C. Humanities Council 
Humanities Council Guide

Mark IsaksenInstitute of Museum and Library Services 
IMLS Guide