UACC Community Engagement

Community Engagement takes the form of a number of overlapping initiatives designed to bring people together to discuss, celebrate and participate in Appalachian cultural education and advocacy. Click here for information on upcoming events.

Neighborhood Based Events

Through the work of its Stewards, the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition continues to lend support to community-driven activities in neighborhoods once served by the Urban Appalachian Council. Coordinated by Nancy Laird ([email protected]), these include:

Ringin’ in an Appalachian New Year, an annual celebration held noon- five 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 is an annual celebration of Appalachian Music held in Lower Price Hill the weekend before the larger Appalachian Festival at Coney Island. 2017 marks its 40th year.

Activities sponsored by community partners and supported by UACC in various ways have included the Lower Price Hill Women’s Group, The Back to School Fair, the Bend in the River Festival, Women’s Health Fair, Hope Over Heroin, the Northside Square Dance, and many more.


Urban Appalachian Literary Salons

The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition hosts a literary salon at Lydia’s on Ludlow the first Thursday of most months (not including summer). The goals of the salons are to bring urban Appalachian literary artists to the attention of our community and to use their work as a springboard for engagement around Appalachian culture and identity. The Urban Appalachian Literary Salons are directed by Pauletta Hansel ([email protected].)

Story Circles

Pauletta Hansel ([email protected]) is available to lead this community development practice for identifying the assets, needs, and goals of our Urban Appalachian community. Story Circles emphasize deep listening as a process for groups to explore and engage with their own histories and current concerns in meaningful ways. This community story gathering process connects people with each other through stories and uses those stories to help identify the assets, needs and goals of our urban Appalachian community. Through story circles, we engage people in the work of the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition, and assure that the wisdom and knowledge of all community members can be incorporated into our activities. Read some more about Story Circles on our blog.