Arts at UNCW


The Cape Fear Region will come together to read and celebrate Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Contact: Cara Marsicano (

WILMINGTON, NC—October 24th, 2022—UNCW’s Office of the Arts will launch its National Endowment for the Arts Big Read: Cape Fear program exploring Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi with a kick-off event on November 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the New Hanover County Public Library Main Branch in downtown Wilmington. The NEA Big Read: Cape Fear is presented in partnership with UNCW Office of the Arts, UNCW Randall Library, Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County, Brunswick Arts Council, Brunswick County Library, Cameron Art Museum, Cape Fear Community College, Cape Fear Literacy Council, Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, DC Virgo Preparatory Academy, Good Shepherd Center, New Hanover County Public Library, New Hanover County Schools, Pender County Library, and the Wilmington African American Community Remembrance Project, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Light refreshments will be served from 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. followed by a brief introduction to library resources and a book discussion of chosen Big Read title, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Participants will then be led in an in-depth workshop to explore African American genealogy with independent scholar, lecturer, and author, Tim Pinnick.

According to Pinnick, “African American communities across the country can and should become more proactive in collecting, sharing, and preserving their stories. Documenting the genealogy of the community is vital to creating a rich and powerful narrative from the perspective of our ancestors who lived it.”

To register for this free event, please go to

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience.

The Cape Fear Community is one of 62 communities nationwide participating in the 2022-2023 NEA Big Read. From November 1st, 2022, to April of 2023 our community will celebrate Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and other important companion titles with a full calendar of events including:

Book discussion with Barbara Wright, Author of NEA Big Read companion title, Crow
Event Details: Wednesday, November 2nd at 11 a.m. Cape Fear Literacy Council, Building B
Event Description: The Cape Fear Literacy Council will host Barbara Wright as she delves into research, process, and storytelling. This event is free and open to the public. Seats are limited, and reservations are required. Please RSVP at

Book discussion with Barbara Wright, Author of NEA Big Read companion title, Crow.
Event details: Friday, November 4th at 4 p.m. Brunswick County Library’s Southwest Brunswick Branch Library
Event Description: This work of historical fiction explores the events of 1898 through the eyes of 11-year-old protagonist, Moses, a boy who is one generation removed from slavery. Join us at Brunswick County Library for a deep dive into Barbara’s Writing Process. This event is open to the public.

Cape Fear Rising: Author Visit with Philip Gerard
Event Details: Saturday, November 5th at 1 p.m. Pender County Public Library, Main Branch
Event Description: Join us at Pender County Public Library Main Branch to meet local author, Philip Gerard, and discover his acclaimed novel, Cape Fear Rising. Based on actual events, Cape Fear Rising tells a story of one city's racial nightmare—a nightmare that was repeated throughout the South at the turn of the century. Participants will be joined virtually by Jamie and Jason Neese, the producers behind the future Cape Fear Rising streaming series. This event is open to the public. 

One Noble Journey: A Mike Wiley Production
Event Details: Friday, January 20th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. Kenan Auditorium
Event Description: Join us in Kenan Auditorium for One Noble Journey: A Mike Wiley Production. This riveting one-man-play stars characters born into slavery, and chronicles multiple stories of ingenious escape. To purchase tickets, please contact the Kenan Auditorium box office.

For more information on this or any NEA Big Read: Cape Fear event, please contact Cara Marsicano. You also can view a full calendar of events for the NEA Big Read: Cape Fear at


UNCW Office of the Arts

In alignment with the university’s commitment to student and community engagement, UNCW’s Office of the Arts provides inspirational cultural programming for the campus community and the larger region. Arts partnerships and programs at UNCW enhance creative inquiry, critical thinking, and thoughtful expression and embrace UNCW’s values of excellence and inclusion. The Office of the Arts curates the Kenan Auditorium Presents Series, manages Kenan Auditorium, and advocates for the arts on UNCW's campus and in the Wilmington community, in collaboration with the five academic arts departments and community partners. UNCW's Office of the Arts participates in the cultural life of the region as a member of the NC Presenters Consortium and Arts North Carolina.