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Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation awards $50,000 to Levine Museum of the New South


Trustees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation have awarded an 18-month grant to Levine Museum of the New South to build awareness and create more civic engagement around the Latino community in Charlotte. 

NUEVO Día is a dialogue series designed to complement the upcoming exhibit ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South. Scheduled to open September 27, 2015, this new bilingual (Spanish/English) exhibition draws attention to the demographic shifts in the United States and explores ways in which Latinos are shaping the South. This dialogue series will engage diverse groups and leaders, including African-American and Latino-led organizations as well as young, emerging leaders in Charlotte to help them explore changing demographics, surface opportunities and challenges associated with the rising Latino presence in the city, and explore intentional ways to create a more inclusive Charlotte.

“The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation believes in cross-cultural interaction and community building that serves as a catalyst for deeper understanding of pressing issues,” said Leslie Winner, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. “Levine Museum of the New South has a decade of experience in community dialogue work and is committed to using museum exhibits to raise tough issues in a way that enables community leaders of diverse backgrounds to engage with them. We are proud to be a partner in achieving this shared vision.”

“We are incredibly grateful to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for their support of our NUEVO Día dialogue program,” said Levine Museum President Emily Zimmern. “Our experience in engaging the community in meaningful dialogue around relevant, often difficult topics has shown us how effective these conversations can be for individuals, organizations and the broader community. With Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation as a partner in NUEVO Día, we look forward to helping participants build a deeper understanding of one another and of the profound changes occurring in our community.”

On May 15, 2015 Trustees voted to approve 83 grants totaling $10.1 million to organizations across North Carolina.



Levine Museum engages a broad-based audience in the exploration and appreciation of the history of the South from the end of the Civil War to today. Since its founding in 1991, the museum has been committed to using history to build community through innovative, inclusive exhibits and programs that tell stories of all who have shaped our region and who are reinventing the South today. The museum serves as a resource for students, educators, visitors, businesses, civic organizations and the broader community as it provides historical context for contemporary issues, raises important questions and facilitates meaningful discussions. For information, visit


The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) is committed to improving the quality of life of all North Carolinians. ZSR invests in statewide, regional and community-based organizations that are dedicated to building an inclusive, sustainable and vibrant state. The groups that ZSR supports both work to build healthy, robust communities at the local and regional level and engage in education, civic dialogue and advocacy around issues of importance to communities and to North Carolina. ZSR currently focuses on the areas of community economic development, environment, public education, social justice and equity and strengthening democracy. The Foundation is a 78-year-old private foundation based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. For more information or to learn more about ZSR, visit


Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation – Shaheen Syal,, 336-705-3207

Levine Museum of the New South – Ashley Thurmond,, 704-333-1887 ext. 242






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