08-06 Weaving Networks and Growing Roots: Two Regional Arts Organizations Work to Support Folk Arts and Culture in Central Appalachia

Saturday, November 04, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Galleria III

This live event will not be recorded.

Chair: Ellie Dassler (Program Director, Folk & Traditional Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts)

Forum participants:

Joel Reid Gillis Chapman (Mid Atlantic Arts)

Emily Hilliard (Folklorist, Berea College)

Teresa L. Hollingsworth (South Arts)

Regional arts organizations are uniquely situated within US arts infrastructure, presenting an opportunity for folklorists working at RAOs. This forum includes folklorists on staff at two RAOs, South Arts and Mid Atlantic Arts, presenting about the development and implementation of two flagship regional programs in Appalachia: The In These Mountains initiative and Central Appalachia Living Traditions, respectively. South Arts and Mid Atlantic Arts will share their approaches to designing and administering traditional arts programs at a regional level; the complex realities of cross-border community work in Appalachia; and advocating for their constituents from their middle position between communities and funders.