The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition partners with other organizations and venues to present arts programs that educate and entertain while celebrating the rich culture of Appalachians in the greater Cincinnati area. In 2017/2018, these events draw upon the concept of “Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders,” the theme of the upcoming 41st Annual Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference, which in April 2018 will draw more than 1,000 regional, national, and international leaders, scholars, educators, service providers, activists, advocates, and artists to downtown Cincinnati. Planned activities include:


Urban Appalachian Literary Salon 2018 (Lydia’s on Ludlow, 7-9 pm)

Thursday, February 1 —Appalachia: Stay or Go? (Richard Hague and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel literary journal)
Thursday, March 1 —Being Out in Appalachia (Savannah Sipple, Keith Stewart and more.)

Thomas More College Appalachian Education Programs

Wednesday, February 21, 2018  Express Appalachia: Journey And Identity, A Cincinnati Arts Association Schooltime Program—10 am and Noon, Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center.

Community-Based Events

Ringin’ in an Appalachian New Year: A Community Cultural Celebration — Sunday, January 14, 12 – 5 pm at The Sanctuary, 2110 St, Michael Street, Lower Price Hill

This annual celebration, which includes a potluck dinner, local music, square dancing, a pie contest, Split the Pot and more, is not to be missed! Come celebrate the past year and plan fun and community get-togethers for the future.

If you missed it, make sure to listen to this great interview with Nancy Laird and John Bealle about the event from Around Cincinnati on WVXU. Please share the link to spread the word! Listen here:

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Funded in part by ArtsWave.