The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition (UACC) is an alliance of individuals and organizations committed to the well-being of Appalachian people, communities and cultural expression in the greater Cincinnati area. UACC’s mission is to provide an organizational structure through which urban Appalachians in the Cincinnati region can build mutual support, promote awareness of urban Appalachian people’s contributions, and take action to address common concerns.
We believe in the irrepressible spirit of the Appalachian people, and that the nurturing of that spirit benefits Greater Cincinnati through our:
- Wisdom informed by both our Appalachian heritage and our urban experiences;
- Resistance to threats to individual, family, and community well-being;
- Respect for community as both place and the people who live there;
- Artistic and cultural expressions of who we were and are;
- Inclusiveness that recognizes how people are alike rather than different;
- Advocacy on behalf of those whose voices have not been heard.
The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition was founded by members of the former Urban Appalachian Council, which incorporated in 1974 to “promote a decent quality of life for Appalachian citizens of Greater Cincinnati.” While many of the social services the Urban Appalachian Council provided were absorbed into other local organizations when it closed in 2014, its numerous supporters immediately recognized the continued need for Appalachian voices to have a “home” in the Greater Cincinnati area.
UACC’s work is created, organized, and developed by a large collaborative group of “Stewards” who, through a network of Action Teams continue the rich, half-century-old tradition of advocacy, research, and the artistic expression of urban Appalachian people in our community.
We believe that the Appalachian spirit is a positive and powerful force toward individual, family and community health, transformation and empowerment.