Whitesburg KY

Webb attends meeting in Boone, N.C.

Derek Mullins of Appalshop’s marketing and sales office was in Westminster, Md., recently to screen and lead discussions about films at the Common Ground on the Hill gathering. Among Appalshop films he showed were “Strangers and Kin”, “Stranger with a Camera”, “Sludge”, “To Save the Land and People”, and “Sourwood Mountain Dulcimers”.

WMMT’s Jim Webb was in Boone, N.C., for a meeting of the board of Appalachian Voices. While there, he read his poems at Malaprop’s in Asheville. He joined other members of the Southern Appalachian Writers Co-Op, including Hilda Downer, Jane Hicks, Dana Wildsmith, David Hampton, Frankie Finley and Jim Minick.

Suzanne Savell of the Traditional Music project represented Appalshop and showed films at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Wash., July 1-8. Among the visiting faculty were Kentucky musicians Jesse Wells, Brett Ratliff and Randy Wilson.

Savell also participated in a Kentucky Arts Council planning retreat at Faubush for the School Community Arts Parents Partnership grant program. Appalshop is working in partnership with Cowan Elementary School and the Cowan Community Center to increase arts activities in the community

KAC, by the way, has given Appalshop a grant of more than $80,000 for fiscal year 2008. The Traditional Music project was also given $3,000 in the Folk Arts Project category.

Filmmaker Tom Hansell is in Batesville, Ark., to teach a community documentary workshop as part of the T Tauri Youth Media Festival.

Education Coordinator Maureen Mullinax returned from Santa Fe, N.M., where she and 20 eastern Kentucky teachers participated in the Summer ’07 Seminar of the Documenting American Democracy Project. She led the participants in a photo documentation exercise to draw parallels between Western and Appalachian history, particularly in the areas of resource extraction, labor struggles and land seizures.

Appalshop plans to have an information booth at the Christmas in July crafts show at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville, July 27-29.

Last but by no means least, presidential candidate John Edwards is expected to be in Whitesburg on Wednesday, July 18. He plans to take part in a youth forum with students in the Appalachian Media Institute at 11 a.m. in the Appalshop Theater. The forum is open to the public.

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