Press release from Western Carolina University:
The Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded Bardo Arts Center an $88,050 grant.
The grant supports a permanent interpretive exhibit that promotes the sharing and teaching of Cherokee language and culture, an over $145,000 project. The exhibit will feature wall text and artist installations, along with a video and sound component where visitors can see and hear the Cherokee language spoken.
“It will demonstrate that Cherokee culture is a living, breathing, and authentic thing, not a historical footnote. We are still here and thriving.” – Sky Sampson, Director of the WCU Cherokee Center.
Previously, Bardo Arts Center worked with project partners during a multi-year planning phase funded in part by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation to develop the conceptual plan for the exhibit. This recent funding enables the production and installation of the exhibit. The project began in May 2021 and will culminate in the spring of 2022.
Key project stakeholders and collaborators include Kituwah Preservation and Education Program, New Kituwah Academy, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, WCU Cherokee Studies, WCU Cherokee Center, and the WCU Mountain Heritage Center, among others.