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.
UACC traces it origin to the 1964 founding of the Main Street Bible Center, which served Appalachian migrants chiefly in Over-the-Rhine. The Urban Appalachian Council was established in 1974 and provided services to Cincinnati Appalachians for forty years. In 2014, the service components were absorbed by other organizations and UACC was established as a coalition. Overall we have served Cincinnati Appalachians for more than a half-century, with the chief founders of the organization still active.
The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition embraces Appalachian and wider-community diversity and actively works for justice and cultural awareness in our Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods and beyond. UACC projects and community collaborations promote cultural curiosity, inclusive designs, place stewardship, and open respect for individual and group differences.
The UACC mission and programs prioritize intergenerational and cross-cultural exchanges, practical resources, creative expression, and story-listening as transformative community assets. Therefore, UACC members publicly stand against acts of racism and oppressive behaviors. With intention, we work to change systems that cause people harm or perpetuate group-specific prejudice. Inspired by the adaptive spirit of Appalachian culture, our organization actively celebrates our Greater Cincinnati’s region’s diverse migration and storytelling traditions.