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Webinar: Digital Innovation in the Age of COVID-19

January 14, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Thu, Jan 14, 2021, 1:00pm-2:00pm


NC African American Heritage Commission

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Adrienne Nirde

This webinar is the fifth installment of a six-part Zoom webinar series designed to offer guidance and strategies around how to sustain our institutions in this moment. The series will leverage the expertise of sixteen heritage practitioners from across the country to address numerous topics.

Particularly in our shift towards a “virtual world”, innovating digitally has become a crucial component of a successful nonprofit cultural institution. Join us for presentations to hear from three leading cultural professionals on how to engage innovative digital tools to amplify black heritage at your institutions. Participants will be invited to think expansively about connecting to new technologies, learn about a successful digital series, and ways to activate and engage their communities. This webinar is designed specifically for small to medium sized cultural organizations and grassroots groups.


Dr. Bryan Carter received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is currently the Director of the Center for Digital Humanities and an Associate Professor in Africana Studies, at the University of Arizona. He specializes in African American literature of the 20th Century with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance. His research also focuses on Digital Humanities/Africana Studies. He has published numerous articles on his doctoral project, Virtual Harlem, an immersive representation of a portion of Harlem, NY as it existed during the 1920s Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance. Dr. Carter’s research centers on how the use of traditional and advanced interactive and immersive technologies changes the dynamic within the learning space. Dr. Carter has completed his first book entitled Digital Humanities: Current Perspectives, Practice and Research through Emerald Publishing, and is currently working on his second manuscript through Routledge Press, entitled: AfroFuturism: Experiencing Culture Through Technology.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Afeni Grace’s work is based in community programming and organizing. She is currently involved in every stage of Gantt Center’s programs both virtual and in-person, connecting the community to a variety of cultural experiences as a Gantt Center staff member. Her passion is blending creative experiences with mindfulness and healing work. She hopes to own community wellness spaces across the country.

Tiffany Tolbert serves as a Senior Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation within its’ Chicago Field Office. In her role at the Trust she manages and leads advocacy campaigns and special initiatives such as the Nina Simone Childhood Home, John and Alice Coltrane Home and the HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative. Tolbert previously served as Director of the Northwest Field Office at Indiana Landmarks from 2006-2017. Tolbert is a native of Montgomery, Alabama and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Huntingdon College (Montgomery, AL) in Political Science and History and Master of Historic Preservation from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA). She has previously worked for the Alabama Historical Commission and the Georgia Historic Preservation Division as African American Programs Assistant. She has also completed consulting work throughout the Southeast where she completed National Register of Historic Places nominations, state historic marker preparation and conducted research on the role of women in the Civil Rights Movement. Her preservation expertise includes providing technical assistance to local organizations, preservation planning, historic designation and rehabilitation. Her research on Rosenwald Schools, African American communities and the African American experience in Indiana has been included in multiple publications such as Reflections, a publication of the Georgia Historic Preservation Division and Traces, a publication of the Indiana Historical Society. Tolbert’s currently serves on the board of Indiana Humanities and as chairperson of the Hobart (IN) Historic Preservation Commission.


NC African American Heritage Commission received a NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, www.nchumanities.org. Funding for NC CARES has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.


January 14, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm