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 […]

EDA Dir. Jay Williams: Youngstown & EKY Same Story

“Big Ideas Fest” featured speaker says Youngstown, OH had to look at assets and diversify after steel industry gone, like mining decline in Appalachia. Jay Williams, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director of the Economic Development Administration, compared similar efforts to rebuild his hometown – Youngstown, OH, where the steel industry cratered in […]

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 […]

Celebrating Place with Poet George Ella Lyons

Celebrating the place where we’re from, and the people who hail from there, is an important step in recognizing and building on the many assets that can be used to revive and strengthen our communities. WMMT’s Benny Becker travelled to Harlan, KY to join the George Ellabration, a community celebration of Kentucky poet laureate and eastern Kentucky […]