April 27, 2015


In honor of Mothers' Day, Appalachian Arts Center is offering a program that honors the ways in which women have contributed to our region's culture, heritage, art, and history. Dr. Katie Hoffman will share some of her favorite pieces of regional culture, including songs, readings, and stories. Though they have often done so quietly and unobtrusively, women have played a major role in shaping mountain culture. This program highlights some noteworthy contributions, offering insight into the lives of women from Native Americans to the present day.  Expect an interactive, entertaining, and educational afternoon session appropriate for women and girls of all ages--and don't forget to bring the men who honor them!


Dr. Katie Hoffman is the founder and owner of Appalworks.com. She grew up in Richmond, VA, but is thrilled to have ended up in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, right in the middle of the music, food, literature, and culture that she loves best. Katie’s PhD is in English, bu...

April 17, 2015

 On Saturday, April 25th at 3:00p.m, Appalachian Arts Center will present Ridin’ Route 23/75, a performance by acclaimed storyteller Anndrena Belcher. Ms. Belcher’s oral history performances integrate folktales, song, dance and poetry.  She has been described as "...a Minnie Pearl with track shoes," and "...a rocket-powered raconteur" who delivers a performance which comes across "like a cannonball compared to some  performer's water pistol."  Author and historian Studs Terkel calls her "...a national treasure." The eastern Kentucky coalfields, inner city Chicago, and the road that connects the two are the worlds we look into in Ridin’ Route 23/75, as Anndrena reflects on her bicultural lifestyle as a child of the 1950’s rural to urban “in-migration.” Weaving together personal stories, made up fairy tales, poems and narrative clips, a word picture album of memory images is created. The journey will take you home, no matter where you are from!


Following the performance, an in...

April 1, 2015

 Appalachian Arts Center will offer a workshop entitled, “Drawing & Painting My Favorite Things" for children currently in kindergarten, first, second, or third grade. The workshop will be focused on learning to draw and paint real life objects – from dance shoes, to an action hero figure, to a raggedy old stuffed animal, to a catcher’s mitt – things, in other words, that hold a special place in each child’s heart.


During the first session, participants are asked to bring with them that special item of attachment, but something not too big and not too small, so that it will fit on a table. During the following sessions, children will explore how to illustrate the way to a special place in their lives through mapping; how to create a 3-D ice cream sundae on paper; and how to draw a portrait of a person they love. Painting with watercolors will also be taught in the process of finishing some projects, so children should wear old clothes or bring an old shirt to put over their clothes.




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