Black Appalachian Coalition Launched

The June 18th launch of the Black Appalachian Coalition in partnership with the NAACP is the focus of this episode. The launch featured a discussion of black invisibility in the Appalachian region and an urgent call to include African Americans and their communities in regional redevelopment efforts being considered by President Biden and congress. Frank […]

Black Lives Matter In KY

This episode focuses on black lives and why they matter for all of us. First, an interview with Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott who describes Breonna’s Law, legislation she filed in response to the police killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville last March. She also talks of her hopes for building a movement of Kentuckians […]

Create Your State

This episode of Making Connections News is a recording from the Create Your State Tour, a musical, multimedia performance that inspires and empowers creative community revitalization and development. The presentation tells the inspiring story of arts-driven community transformation in Princeton, West Virginia, through the eyes of artists and cultural entrepreneurs Lori McKinney and Robert Blankenship, […]

2018 Great Mountain Mural Mega Fest

Can public art works and a community of artists stimulate economic growth? The folks at Higher Ground in Harlan believe they can. Watch as artists and soon-to-be artists, teachers, students, and creative placemakers come together to learn how to create enduring outdoor art works at the Great Mountain Mural Mega Fest held in Harlan County, […]