Sarah Smarsh, Ken Ward on Rural Realities

Sarah Smarsh, author of the bestseller “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth,” and Ken Ward, Jr., investigative journalist for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and recipient of the 2018 MacArthur “Genius” Award, share a conversation about media misrepresentations of rural people, and what they see as the real […]

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, […]

Music Series Brings People Together

Excitement is building for the second Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series, which is set to take place on the Mountain Heritage Festival Stage beginning with rising country star and Pound, VA native Kaitlyn Baker on Thursday, May 30. Organizers Steve Ruth, Valerie Horn and Marley Green describe the goals of the Levitt AMP Foundation, the […]

KVEC Proposes a Region’s Way Forward

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative Executive Director Jeff Hawkins and staff members Dessie Bowling and Bernadette Carpenter describe proposals put forward by KVEC school districts to better serve disadvantaged rural students and improve the economy in Appalachian Kentucky. Recommendations come from “A Region’s Way Forward,” a call to action for achieving learner equity and school centered […]