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Mars Hill College (Mars Hill, NC 28754-9134)
Karen Lynn Paar (Project Director: September 2021 to present)
Leila Weinstein (Co Project Director: May 2022 to present)

Humanities Connections Planning
Education Programs

$34,932 (approved)
$34,932 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2022 – 5/31/2023

The Appalachian HEART Hub: Reimagining a Campus Museum as an Active Learning Hub

Planning to repurpose an on-campus museum into a humanities hub where students will engage in humanistic inquiry in a multi-disciplinary context.

Mars Hill University is seeking an NEH Connections planning grant to reimagine its extant campus museum as an inclusive active learning hub in which students will engage in humanistic inquiry across disciplines. This learning hub will be a space where students, faculty, and other learning professionals will come together to curate museum exhibitions; design innovative curricula; engage in conversations, lectures, workshops, and learning communities; visit museum exhibitions; and explore this region in a profoundly interdisciplinary way through experiential coursework and co-curricular activities. The structure and work of the Appalachian HEART (Humanities Education Across disciplines in the Region Together) Hub will center on students and making their voices heard through exhibitions and programs, thus contributing to a sense of belonging and, therefore, retention. This work will embody the “habits of mind” used in the humanities and will engender critical thinking and empathy.