The Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College is one of 18 recipients of the "Advancing The Humanities: A National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures Project."
KVCTC will receive guidance from humanities scholars and mentors, as well as professional development in literature, history, philosophy, religion and civic engagement, according to the Community College Humanities Association, which oversees the grant.
More than 70 colleges from 30 states applied for the national grant. It provides money to develop curriculum as well as professional development for two instructors at the college.
"It's an opportunity to expose our students not only to Appalachian culture but diverse cultures and art experiences throughout the state," said Kim Lovinski, dean of General Education at KVCTC.
KVCTC will integrate the grant into the existing introduction to Performing Arts course, as well as the Appalachian Culture and History course.
The new course will provide history of Appalachia, including its pre-colonial settlement days, create an understanding of its cultures and customs, an dhow the influence that the culture and customs have on religion, art, music and literature in the region.
Both courses are general education electives and will transfer to other colleges and universities.