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. During the 2018 Appalachian Studies Confererence we hosted a myriad of cultural programs; expect some of these to be replicated in the months and years to come. UACC’s current cultural programs include:


Urban Appalachian Literary Salons: A quarterly series held at Lydia’s on Ludlow in Clifton, bringing urban Appalachian literary artists to the attention of our community, and using their work as a springboard for engagement around Appalachian culture and identity.

Ringin’ in An Appalachian New Year: An annual celebration held noon- 5 pm the Sunday of the Martin Luther King Day Weekend, Ringin’ includes a potluck dinner, music, square dancing and more.

Lower Price Hill Community Festival: An annual celebration of Appalachian Music held in Lower Price Hill in May.

Book Discussion Group: UACC hosts reading group discussions for selected books on Appalachian topics.

Research Committee: The UACC Research Committee holds occasional meetings where local scholars present research reports.


UACC Stewards work with affiliate organizations to host events of interest to Appalachians. These events will be included in UACC media announcements.

Creative Writing Vision – Thomas More College: Organized by Sherry Cook Stanforth, Thomas More College hosts literary events by Appalachian writers. These events are regularly announced in various UACC media in addition to TMC promotion.

Appalachian Festival: Held each Mother’s Day weekend at Coney Island and hosted by the Appalachian Community Development Corporation. Omope Carter Daiboku is a long-time member of the festival organizing committee. More info:

Appalachian Women’s Group: The Appalachian Women’s Group is organized by Nancy Laird and Melissa Cornelius and holds meetings at Santa Maria Community Service, 2312 Glenway Ave. For more info contact Nancy at [email protected]

Miami Regionals Hamilton: The Miami University Hamilton campus is host to an Appalachian Studies program and hosts occasional public events. Principal hosts are Matthew Smith (history) and Curt Ellison (formerly Western College).

Northside Square Dance: The Northside Square Dance hosts traditional Appalachian square dancing monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at the Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave. Invited callers have included celebrated authorities on Appalachian dance such as Phil Jamison, Peter Rogers, and Randy Wilson. UACC hosts include John Bealle, Russ Childers, and Barb Childers. More info at

Sinclair Community and Technical College provides programs and services that eliminate barriers and promote awareness of the benefits of post-secondary education and life skills training through its Appalachian Outreach Program, with support from an advisory board composed of faculty, staff and local Appalachian community leaders and citizens. For more info, contact coordinator Nora Stranger: [email protected] or call 937-512-2126.

The Dunbar Second Sunday Literary Circle, created and facilitated by Omope Carter Daboiku, is held from 2-4pm at the Dunbar Welcome Center located at N Dunbar and Edison Streets in Dayton. Monthly themes are based on Americana ephemera. Attendees come with original poetry and the works of others. Offered as an enriching, cross-cultural conversation, every session opens and closes with a appropriate poem by Dayton’s own Paul Laurence Dunbar. The historic Dunbar House became a state memorial in 1936, the first in the nation dedicated to an African American. The National Park Service listed the surrounding Dunbar Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. House and gallery tours are available free, Friday – Sunday, 10 am to 3:30pm.


Appalachian events hosted by UACC and affiliates will appear in our Events Calendar (current events can be seen on the right of this page). Announcements also appear on our Facebook group and through our email list “UACC Announcements.” You may subscribe to UACC Announcements using the subscribe button in the right sidebar panel.