Neighbors Work To Revive An Appalachian Community

What role can a community center play in increasing residents’ well being and encouraging efforts to reimagine and revitalize the local economy? That’s the question WMMT Reporter Kelli Haywood was asking when she visited Hemphill, KY, a former coal company town, where a group of volunteers are working to bring people together and add some liveliness into […]

Young Appalachian Filmmakers Say “Go Your Own Way”

What options are there for young Appalachians considering whether to make a life in the region? That was the question Appalachian Media Institute interns Elyssia Lowe, Jaydon Tolliver & Joshua Collier wanted to explore in Go Your Own Way, the short documentary they created during the 2016 Summer Documentary Institute. These young filmmakers decided to focus on telling the […]

Appalachian Youth Envision Their Future

~~The 2016 Appalachian Media Institute interns speak about their experiences in this year’s Summer Documentary Institute and thoughts about the region and their futures within it. Since 1988, Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) has provided opportunities for young people from central Appalachia to explore their communities and develop their creative skills through the arts and […]

Appalachian Culture as Hub for Growth

Can artists, dancers, actors, musicians and creative thinkers of all varieties contribute to the economic rebuilding of our Appalachian communities?  WMMT’s Kelli Haywood looked for answers to that question as she visited the 15th annual Cowan Creek Mountain Music School at the Cowan Community Center. The Center is one partner in a creative placemaking effort led […]