BOONE, N.C. — High Country Humanities at Appalachian State University has received a large grant from North Carolina Humanities. This $20,000 grant will help fund a series of free public events relating to the theme of “Connecting Local and Global Rural Cultures.”
“We are grateful to be among the organizations that North Carolina Humanities selected to receive grant funding,” said Dr. Darci Gardner, director of High Country Humanities. “These resources will help even more North Carolinians to benefit from the wealth of expertise that App State faculty have in the history and cultures of our region and of countless other rural communities worldwide.”
This important grant funding will support a series of workshops, panel discussions, guided tours, and interactive lectures in which humanities experts will help the public learn about a broad range of rural cultures. More than sixteen App State faculty members will contribute to this series to help audiences interpret the histories and customs of rural cultures, as well as the ways these populations have been represented in art and literature. In many cases, speakers’ remarks will be accompanied by film screenings, dance demonstrations, music, or other performances.
This is the first time High Country Humanities has received a grant from North Carolina Humanities, one of the oldest and largest cultural funders in North Carolina.
The events will take place from January to September 2024 at venues such as the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, Valle Crucis Community Park, and the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum. The complete list of dates and locations will be published on the High Country Humanities website. This series of events is made possible by a grant from North Carolina Humanities, a statewide nonprofit and the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information about High Country Humanities, please visit www.hchumanities.appstate.edu.
About High Country Humanities
High Country Humanities is an initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences, with support from the Division of Academic Affairs. We aim to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the humanities across the High Country of North Carolina. We do so by supporting faculty in their scholarly activities, promoting their collaborations with community partners, and organizing events that help their expertise reach the wider public. Learn more at www.hchumanities.appstate.edu.
About North Carolina Humanities
Through public humanities programs and grantmaking, North Carolina Humanities connects North Carolinians with cultural experiences that spur dialogue, deepen human connections, and inspire community. North Carolina Humanities is a statewide nonprofit and the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more visit www.nchumanities.org. Any views, findings, conclusions, opinions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of NC Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Written by Melanie Moore Richeson
Edited by Darci Gardner and Lauren Andersen
October 16, 2023