The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a major three-year grant to the Dartmouth Library and the Hood Museum of Art to advance significant cross-institutional and community-centered collaboration grounded in Dartmouth’s Native American and Indigenous Arctic collections.
The project will redefine the relationship between the Hood Museum and Dartmouth Library. Working together, they will enhance collections-based teaching, develop new search approaches for cultural heritage materials, and establish ways to connect librarians and museum professionals with faculty, students, and members of Native American and Indigenous Arctic communities from campus and beyond.
“This generous support from the Mellon Foundation will enhance Dartmouth’s deep commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching through new collaborations among departments, schools, and our collecting institutions. We expect that this project will develop strategies to embed collections-based experiential learning more deeply into our work across the entire campus and serve as an example for museums and libraries nationally,” says Provost Joseph Helble.
The grant, totaling $500,000, will support two shared positions between the library and the museum. Adding this capacity to Dartmouth’s current environment will in turn stimulate more team-teaching opportunities, collaborative research, joint exhibitions, and collection adjacencies. In parallel, the project will explore and enhance digital strategies to better connect the library and museum systems while taking into account the needs of Indigenous communities and traditional knowledge practices.
Dartmouth University Library & Hood Museum of Art Awarded $500,000 Grant to Advance Cross-Institutional Collaboration
Filed by January 31, 2020on