Culture and History
I have extensive experience lecturing, teaching Appalachian studies, and providing training on Appalachian culture for social workers, health providers, and educators. I have served as a trainer for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Network and as consultant for the Ohio Appalachian Outreach Project for the Ohio Arts Council. I have been recognized as an expert on Appalachian culture by the Ohio Humanities Council. My work as a writer includes co-editing the Fourth and Fifth editions of Appalachia: Social Context Past and Present and the Urban Appalachian section of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia.
I grew up in the mountain section of Eastern Kentucky as the son of a coal miner and a mother who managed to raise nine children under often harsh conditions. When I left the mountains to attend college I discovered that my people were living in hard conditions in the inner city. I then dedicated my life to helping urban and rural Appalachians to improve their conditions and to be proud of their history and traditions, I was founding director of the Urban Appalachian Council and now serve as convener of the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition. As principal of Michael Maloney and Associates I serve as consultant to schools, arts organizations, and health and human service providers. I keep my connection to the mountains and to rural Appalachians through visits to my home area and all over Appalachia and through service to "down home" organizations such as the Appalachian Studies Association. I have served a a community organizer and Arts consultant in several rural counties in Appalachian Ohio. This includes serving as management consultant to arts organizations.
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5829 Wyatt Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45213