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Appalachian Cultural Work Honored Nationally

Kentucky's Appalshop is on the 2017 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Top 100 list (Appalshop)
Kentucky's Appalshop is on the 2017 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Top 100 list (Appalshop)
October 27, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Bluegrass State will be represented at a national event this weekend celebrating cultural thought leaders and innovators.

Kentucky's Appalshop is on the 2017 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Top 100 list, and staff members are joining other honorees at the center's summit in San Francisco.

Director of advancement at Appalshop, Tanya Turner, believes her organization is being recognized because of its work to correct the narrative that emerged out of the last election cycle that oversimplified rural America.

"And that's not possible," she says. "Rural people aren't simple by any means, and the complexities of experiences here are displayed in this whole body of work that Appalshop has created over 50 years."

Appalshop will host an open house after the summit on Monday, examining the Roots and Wings of Rural-Urban Placemaking. Turner says they'll also screen a film created through their youth media program. "Not a Daughter" is the coming-out story of a rural transgender teen.

Turner says as Appalshop approaches its 50th anniversary, it's flattered to be recognized alongside influential artists and cultural workers from around the country.

"This year's list has artists from across the country that we've worked with before, like choreographer Liz Lerman, but also people like Barry Jenkins, the director of the award-winning movie "Moonlight," and Issa Rae, the creator of the HBO "Insecure" series," she adds.

At the summit, folks from the arts, philanthropy, business, activism, technology and education will explore culture, creativity and change, and construct a framework for addressing issues such as equity and freedom.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - KY