NEA Announces Final Grants for 2017

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The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its second round of grants for FY2017 . The grants amount to $82.06 million of the NEA’s $150 million budget. [BURNAWAY was a grateful recipient of $20,000 in the first round]. The 1,195 grants in this round are distributed under the categories of Art Works II, which funds the creation of art that encourages public engagement, lifelong learning, and community building; Our Town, a creative placemaking program that supports partnerships of artists, arts organizations, and municipal government to revitalize neighborhoods; Research: Art Works; and includes state and regional arts agencies. The NEA funds support organizations that employ artists and cultural workers to provide programs for hundreds of thousands of people around the country.

President Trump still has the NEA on his chopping block for FY2018 but has been met with resistance from Republican leaders.

Here are some highlights from Southern states. For the full list click here. 

ALABAMA
Number of Grants: 10 Total Dollar Amount: $1,015,200 

Auburn University Main Campus 
$25,000 Auburn, AL
Art Works – Visual Arts 
To support the Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project. In collaboration with the Alabama Department of Corrections, the university will provide visual arts workshops taught by emerging and established artists for incarcerated men and women in multiple facilities around the state. The workshops, based on college-level curriculum, will include courses in the fundamentals of drawing, watercolor, mural arts, and block-cut printing. A touring exhibition will be presented, accompanied by an anthology of student produced creative works.

City of Birmingham, Alabama 
$100,000 Birmingham, AL
Our Town – Design 
To support a masterplan for a new arts and technology complex at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. The masterplan will address underutilized space and facilities at the Sloss Furnaces site and build workforce capacity in Birmingham through site-specific planning and design and arts and technology workforce development plans. The City of Birmingham, which owns Sloss Furnaces, will engage artists and the local creative community during the planning process. Sloss Furnaces includes 44 existing buildings and an 1881 iron ore blast furnace on a 15-acre site near downtown Birmingham. It was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1981.

Space One Eleven, Inc. (aka Space One Eleven (SOE)) 
$25,000 Birmingham, AL
Art Works – Visual Arts 
To support an exhibition series featuring work by women artists. Plans for the project include two exhibitions. The first is a group show anchored by a resident artist-Rosa Naday Garmendia-whose work explores social justice issues. The second exhibition will showcase emerging female artists. Complementing the residency and exhibitions will be panel discussions intended for the general public, university students, and faculty in which the exhibiting artists, art historians, and activists will explore topics such as attitudes toward feminist art among women of different generations; the role of artists as agents of change; and the representation of women in the contemporary art world.

University of Alabama 
$25,000 Tuscaloosa, AL/For a project in Hobson, AL 
Our Town – Design 
To support PhotoVoices: Cultivating Community, Creating Change in Hobson City, Alabama. The project will engage experts to teach photography and creative writing skills to youth in the community to create a historic narrative of the town. The University of Alabama will partner with Hobson City on this program. The goal is to stimulate and cultivate community pride in shared history for this town of about 800 residents, most of whom are living below the poverty line.

Arkansas
Number of Grants: 2 Total Dollar Amount: $647,900
Arkansas Arts Council
$637,900 Little Rock, AR
Partnerships (State & Regional)
To support Partnership Agreement activities associated with carrying out your NEA-approved State strategic plan.

FLORIDA
Number of Grants: 36 Total Dollar Amount: $1,620,300

Coral Gables Cinemateque, Inc. (aka Coral Gables Art Cinema)
$10,000 Coral Gables, FL
Art Works – Media Arts

To support visiting artist travel and honoraria for “The New Black Cinema,” a public symposium series focused on works by African-American and African Diaspora filmmakers. Artists such as Barry Jenkins, Terrance Nance, and Jason Jeffers will present their work at public programs intended to serve the South Florida artistic community and greater regional audiences. The programs will be accompanied by panel discussions and forums, covering topics such as the role of film in hip-hop culture and Afro- Caribbean cinema.

DeEtte Holden Cummer Museum Foundation, Inc. (aka Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens)
$10,000 Jacksonville, FL
Art Works – Museum
To support the traveling exhibition, “Augusta Savage: Artist-Community-Activist,” and accompanying catalogue. The exhibition will explore the legacy of African-American sculptor, Augusta Savage (1892- 1962), a Jacksonville native and leader in the Harlem Renaissance. Drawing from the museum’s collection and other institutions, the exhibition will include works by Savage and those she influenced and interacted with such as Romare Bearden (1911-88), Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), Gwendolyn Knight (1913-2005), Norman Lewis (1901-79) and Robert Blackburn (1920-2003). A catalogue will be produced and it is anticipated that the exhibition will travel to several other venues

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville Inc. (aka MOCA Jacksonville)
$30,000 Jacksonville, FL
Art Works – Museum
To support Project Atrium, a commissioning opportunity for artists. Featured artists for the series include Anila Quayyum Agha, Gabriel Dawe, and Juan Fontanive. The unique placement, dimensions and scale of the Atrium Gallery will challenge the artists, a call to reinvention and active collaboration with the architecture of the museum on a monumental scale. Artists will install their artworks in view of the public, revealing what is usually a behind-the-scenes process to visitors. Each exhibition introduces contemporary artists from around the globe to the greater Jacksonville region and fosters the growth of artists and audiences through a series of compelling exchanges.

Florida International University (On behalf of Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum)
$20,000 Miami, FL
Art Works – Museum
To support an exhibition of Brazilian art at the Frost Art Museum. The exhibition will feature works by Brazilian artists that address competing ideologies in art, architecture, and design in Brazil, from the 1950s to today. Artists may include: Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014), Jose Zanine Caldas (1919-2001), Lina Bo Bardi, (1914-92) and Jorge Zalszupin (b. 1922). Hallmarks of Brazilian design from that period include smooth, sculptural forms derived from European architecture and design as well as a robust use of native materials. Programming will be developed to engage the local and regional audience, including the university community and the Brazilian communities in South Florida. It is anticipated that the exhibition will travel to two additional venues.

Jorge M. Perez Art Museum of Miami Dade County (aka Pérez Art Museum Miami)
$35,000 Miami, FL
Art Works – Museum
To support the exhibition, “Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger.” The exhibition will be the first mid-career survey of Miami-based video and film artist Dara Friedman (b.1968), best known for experimental, non- narrative works that deconstruct the techniques of conventional filmmaking. Drawn from local and international, private and institutional collections, the selection comprises approximately 19 film and video installations spanning more than 20 years of Friedman’s creative production. Featuring several works on 16mm film, “Mother Drum” testifies to Friedman’s emphasis on the materiality and mechanics of her primary medium, and will expose thousands of local residents and visitors to the artist’s groundbreaking work.

Locust Projects Inc (aka Locust Projects)
$25,000 Miami, FL
Art Works – Visual Arts
To support an exhibition series and public art commissioning program for emerging and mid-career artists. Artists will create and install large-scale works for Locust’s gallery space in Miami’s Design District during month-long residencies. They will be provided with fabrication support, a residence, production budget, and a stipend. The project will include the development of a 20th anniversary catalogue that will record the history of one of Miami’s longest running experimental exhibition spaces.

Atlantic Center for the Arts, Inc.
$25,000 New Smyrna Beach, FL
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support artist residencies and related activities. Interdisciplinary residencies will provide emerging and mid-career artists a chance to work with master artists. The master artists will set the review criteria for the competitive application process selecting resident artists and then determine the focus of the residency. Former master artists have included poet Richard Blanco, visual artist Mildred Howard, and writer Rick Moody. In addition, the center will support a summer creative writing residency for teens with mentorship from veteran writers of varied genres.

Tampa Museum of Art Inc
$10,000 Tampa, FL
Art Works – Museum
To support the exhibition “Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration” and related activities. The exhibition will feature the work of approximately 50 artists from four Central Florida counties at three venues: the Tampa Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, and the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. Activities surrounding the exhibition will include: docent training, extended museum hours, evening and lunchtime lectures, family days, and a summer art camp. Collaborative exhibitions and programming will allow the three museums to broaden their reach and access beyond their immediate communities. Skyway offers the opportunity to engage with new audiences within the Tampa Bay Area who might not visit neighboring museums.

Norton Museum of Art (aka Norton Museum of Art)
$20,000 West Palm Beach, FL
Art Works – Museum
To support the exhibition, ”Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene – Photographs by Justin Brice Guariglia,” and an accompanying catalogue and programs. The exhibition merges art and creativity with science and technology, made possible through an unusual collaboration with the scientists and geophysical experts of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories. The first solo exhibition of Guariglia (b. 1974), will include approximately 40 art works that reorient the viewer’s relationship to the planet. The art works combine photography, painting, printmaking, and sculpture resulting in a richly textured polymer print, constructed from a 2D image, and rendered using a newly devised technology that makes the final products 3D as well as resistant to light and heat. The exhibition will include educational programming such as docent led tours, curator talks, expert lectures, and the creation of a STEAM curriculum developed in collaboration with NASA.

GEORGIA
Number of Grants: 16 Total  Dollar Amount: $2,753,375

Alternate ROOTS, Inc. (aka ROOTS)
$50,000 Atlanta, GA
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support Partners in Action (PIA), an initiative examining community art-making. PIA is Alternate ROOTS’ flagship program. During the past three years, PIA has provided direct support and technical assistance to 18 projects in Richmond, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; Little Rock, Arkansas; Big Hill, Kentucky; and Knoxville, Tennessee. Alternate ROOTS will partner with individual artists and organizations to explore the roles of aesthetics, transformation, and organizing in the community art- making process. Artistic inspiration and project ideas will spring from the artists and their communities.

Arts Critic ATL Inc (aka ArtsATL)
$10,000 Atlanta, GA
Art Works – Media Arts
To support the creation of artist profiles for the online publication “ArtsATL.” The monthly series will feature videos and long-form written profiles of influential members of Atlanta’s cultural community. Each profile will highlight the individual’s background, artistic practice, career highlights, their relationship to Atlanta, and contributions made to the city. Artists in consideration include Radcliffe Bailey, Lynn Marshall Linnemeier, and Anne Cone-Skelton, founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Creatives Project (aka TCP)
$10,000 Atlanta, GA
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support a storytelling program with a focus on diversity. Elders, youth, and people with disabilities will explore their communities together through storytelling. Teaching artists will work on programs for people with disabilities and senior centers, as well as summer camps and other nonprofits that engage in after school programming for youth at-risk. When possible, the teaching artists will be persons from the community where they are working. The resulting artwork will be displayed and or performed at the original sites.

South Arts Inc.
$1,576,175 Atlanta, GA
Partnerships (State & Regional)
To support agency arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out your NEA- approved Regional strategic plan.

WonderRoot Inc. (aka WonderRoot)
$150,000 Atlanta, GA
Our Town – Design
To support Embedded (Here), a community revitalization and beautification project. Through an extensive community engagement process, educational literacy workshops, and storytelling events, a curated collection of community narratives will be integrated by an artist into improved streets, sidewalks, benches, and other neighborhood infrastructure in the Oakland City neighborhood. Atlanta- based artist Maria Artemis is the project’s lead artist, working with project partners WonderRoot, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, and numerous local non-profit organizations. In recent decades Oakland City, which is a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has faced numerous social and economic challenges due to disinvestment, low performing schools, real estate insecurity, and elevated crime.

Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment (aka AIR Serenbe) (On behalf of Serenbe Playhouse)
$10,000 Chattahoochee Hi, GA
Art Works – Theater & Musical Theater
To support the Serenbe Playhouse’s site-specific, outdoor production of the musical “Cabaret,” by John Kander and Fred Ebb. The production will be staged against the natural backdrop of Georgia pines and rolling hills in the 1,000-acre community of Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Audience members will take an interactive journey through this outdoor setting to reach the site of the musical’s infamous underground Kit Kat Klub. The production also will incorporate the casting of a year-round Apprentice Company, which is the cornerstone of the Playhouse’s educational outreach program.

KENTUCKY
Number of Grants: 12 Total Dollar Amount: $946,900

LexArts
$10,000 Lexington, KY
Art Works – Local Arts Agencies
To support “Unlearn Fear and Hate,” a new public artwork intended to promote public dialogue and civic engagement, and related outreach activities. The new work will be designed and fabricated by the artist team of Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova. The finished piece will be installed in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. The title of the piece is inspired by words from a poem by former Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker. The work was conceived in response to a call by the mayor of Lexington for new public artworks that represent diverse perspectivies related to issues of inclusion and community solidarity. Additional outreach activities will include a public celebration and the opportunity for community members to create their own hand-colored illumination artworks.

Louisville Visual Art Association (aka LVAA)
$10,000 Louisville, KY
Art Works – Arts Education
To support studio arts education programs for youth in the Louisville area. Under guidance from teaching artists, students from underserved communities will receive instruction in painting, drawing, art history, art criticism, and aesthetic conceptualization. Scholarship assistance is provided for students to remove barriers to program participation. The program will culminate with the Louisville Visual Art Association hosting a gallery exhibit of work from each student that is free and open to the public.

LOUISIANA
Number of Grants: 17 Total Dollar Amount: $1,228,100

Contemporary Arts Center (aka CAC)
$30,000 New Orleans, LA
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support the Tricentennial Project, a multidisciplinary presenting series, and related activities. Using a variety of artistic disciplines, the Tricentennial Project will present a series of competing portraits of New Orleans to illustrate the complexity of the historic city in its 300th anniversary year. Theater company Mondo Bizarro will present “Fieldguiding,” a multidisciplinary work that uses cartography to address the history of colonization as characters confront their ancestry and look towards the future. An exhibition of Sarah Morris’ abstract paintings and films will locate New Orleans and its iconic landmarks. Additionally, artists Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick will present photographs that follow the changes in the city’s relationship with labor and capital, documenting the mechanization of sugar fields in the 1990s to the transformed racial and cultural workforce post-Katrina.

New Orleans Museum of Art (aka NOMA)
$35,000 New Orleans, LA
Art Works – Museum
To support the exhibiton, “The Orleans Collection.” Planned to coincide with the tricentennial of the city of New Orleans in 2018, the exhibition will include more than 50 masterpieces from the collection of Philippe II, Duke of Orleans (1689-1723), including works by Raphael, Titian, Veronese, Correggio, Poussin, Rubens, and Rembrandt. In collaboration with organizations throughout the city, NOMA will present public programs such as docent-guided tours, free professional development workshops for educators, and noon-time talks with curators. Additionally, the exhibition will feature interpretive digital experiences that encourage visitors to explore an interactive map of 18th-century New Orleans. A scholarly publication will accompany the exhibition, featuring new research by experts and revealing fresh insights for   interpretation and connoisseurship of the early 18th century.

Press Street (aka Antenna)
$10,000 New Orleans, LA
Art Works – Media Arts
To support the creation of video and audio content to supplement “Antennae: Signals.” A live-action art magazine, “Antennae: Signals” brings together artists, writers, filmmakers, scientists and more in locations throughout New Orleans for short presentations and performances on a theme. Expanded media content may include short films, podcasts, video essays, and animations in conjunction with the quarterly issues. As many as seven features will be produced per issue and offered to online art publications and platforms such as Vimeo, iTunes, and Stitcher.

MISSISSIPPI
Number of Grants: 3 Total Dollar Amount: $849,200

Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, Inc. (aka Yoknapatawpha Arts Council)
$10,000 Oxford, MS
Art Works – Local Arts Agencies
To support Arts Incubator. A professional development program for artists will provide small business resources such as workshops, technical assistance, and career services. This centralized support system was developed following the council’s work with the University of Mississippi Small Business Development Center. Arts Incubator provides a graduated series of services to assist local artists in the development of business models, networking contacts, professional portfolios, and other professional tools.
North Carolina
Number of Grants: 19 Total Dollar Amount: $1,529,000

Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc. (aka Asheville Art Museum)
$20,000 Asheville, NC
Art Works – Museum
To support reinstallation of the permanent collection. The reinstallation will highlight the strengths of the museum’s regional collection. Objects will be selected from more than 4,000 works of art and nearly 5,000 architectural drawings, many of which have never before been exhibited. Guiding themes such as Time and Place, Experiments in Material and Form and Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Dialogue will frame the interpretation of the collection. The galleries will be arranged in a chronological sequence from the late-19th century to the present? and will prioritize the impact of artists from Black Mountain College as well as Cherokee artists and studio craft artists.

Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center (aka Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center ()
$25,000 Asheville, NC
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support a multidisciplinary exhibition about visual artist Jacob Lawrence. The exhibition will focus on the summer of 1946, when Lawrence (1917-2000) was invited to teach painting at Black Mountain College by visual artist and educator Josef Albers (1888-1976). Among the artworks to be included are a series of Lawrence’s early gouache (an opaque watercolor style) paintings and a series of photographs of Lawrence at the campus taken by Beaumont and Nancy Newhall. Beyond the historical materials, visitors will have the opportunity to experience newly commissioned works by as many as three contemporary multimedia artists who will create sound, video, and animation pieces in response to Lawrence’s work.

McColl Center for Art & Innovation (aka McColl Center for Art Innovation)
$25,000 Charlotte, NC
Art Works – Visual Arts
To support residencies for visual artists. Participating artists will be selected by a process that includes recommendations from guest curators, alumni resident artists, an advisory board, and staff. Resident artists will be provided housing, workspace, technical assistance, transportation costs, and a materials budget. Opportunities to engage the community will include panel discussions, lectures, workshops, and family day activities.

McColl Center for Art & Innovation (aka McColl Center for Art Innovation)
$50,000 Charlotte, NC
Our Town – Design
To support artist residencies and community engagement projects. The project will include two artist residencies at the McColl Center for Art & Innovation. The artists will conduct community engagement projects, a series of public art interventions, and create a digital engagement strategy. Project partners will include the City of Charlotte and more than 18 other public and private entities. Project activities will be focused on the North Tryon corridor in Charlotte’s North End neighborhood. The goal is to use art and artist-led activities and projects to bring together the community of about 830,000 residents.

Mint Museum of Art, Inc. (aka Mint Museums)
$30,000 Charlotte, NC
Art Works – Museum
To support the exhibition and accompanying catalogue, “Southern/Modern: American Art in the South, 1900-1950.” The exhibition will feature more than 150 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures created by the leading artists of the American South during a dynamic period of growth and change in the region. Artists will range from Elliot Daingerfield and Eugene Thomason to Will Henry Stevens, Romare Bearden, and Gregory Ivy. The project will demonstrate these artists’ sophisticated means of engagement with the latest trends in modern art and their rapidly changing social and cultural environment. The Mint Museum will lead a team of scholars from the South, each examining artistic activity in a specific city or region, whose research will be brought together to create the final exhibition. Interactive programmatic and community and Internet-based initiatives will extend the reach of the exhibition. It is anticipated that the exhibition will travel to three additional venues in the Southeast.

Western Carolina University
$25,000 Cullowhee, NC
Art Works – Museum
To support the exhibition, accompanying catalogue, and symposium, “Return From Exile.” The exhibition will present more than 40 works by approximately 30 artists from the five tribes removed from the Southeastern United States in the 1830s, the Creek, the Cherokee, the Choctaw, the Chickasaw and the Seminoles, a result of the Indian Removal Act. Jointly curated by Tony Tiger (Muscogee Creek/Seminole/Sac & Fox), Bobby Martin (Muscogee Creek), and Jace Weaver (Cherokee), the exhibition will feature works in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, basketry, sculpture, and pottery. Programming includes a family day and a public symposium on contemporary Native American art and artists, including scholars and artists in the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue will include scholarly essays.

South Carolina
Number of Grants: 6 Total Dollar Amount: $1,012,900
College of Charleston
$15,000 Charleston, SC
Art Works – Visual Arts
To support the exhibition brochure and video documentation for an exhibition of works by Cuban multidisciplinary artist Roberto Diago (b.1971). Curated by Mark Sloan and presented at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, the exhibition will explore themes of racism and slavery in Cuba through paintings and conceptual installations made out of raw materials sourced from objects found in the artist’s neighborhood. The exhibition will complement a semester-long interdisciplinary project focused on Cuba that will include special topics courses, lectures, and performances across college departments.

TENNESSEE
Number of Grants: 16 Total Dollar Amount: $1,101,900

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Inc. (aka The Frist Center)
$20,000 Nashville, TN
Art Works – Museum
To support the presentation of “Nick Cave: Feat.” The work will comprise a 6,000-square-foot survey exhibition and a free public performance by Cave.The Frist Center also will present a companion outreach exhibition off-site at the museum’s community gallery. The survey exhibition will include a selection of Cave’s (b. 1959) signature “soundsuits,” video projections, a multimedia installation, and wall-mounted sculptures. Additionally, the project will include the production of a publication, free illustrated gallery guide, guided tours, and gallery talks.

VIRGINIA
Number of Grants: 20 Total Dollar Amount: $1,305,500

Art League, Inc. (aka The Art League)
$20,000 Alexandria, VA
Art Works – Visual Arts
To support IMPart (Injured Military Personnel and Art) program. The IMPart program is a visual arts education-based outreach program that connects wounded military personnel with visual arts experiences. Program activities are designed for creative enrichment to support the redevelopment of fine motor skills through the study of ceramics, bladesmithing, and sculpture. The program is a partnership with Army Fort Belvoir Warriors in Transition Unit B, the USO of Washington Metro, and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Participants, caregivers, and families are provided with artist-led, visual arts education on site at the Art League and off-site at Fort Belvoir USO Warrior and Family Center, and Fort Belvoir Hospital.

Longwood University
$25,000 Farmville, VA
Art Works – Museum
To support the exhibition, “Rural Avant-Garde: The Mountain Lake Experience,” and accompanying catalogue. Founded by artist and scholar Ray Kass with influential art critic Donald B. Kuspit, Howard Risatti, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Mountain Lake Workshop has a 40-year history of integrating the arts and sciences and pushing beyond the boundaries of art, dance, performance, and theater. Anchored in the idea that artist and audience can work together to create a work of art, an idea advanced earlier by artists of nearby and renowned Black Mountain College, the exhibition at Longwood will provide an important record of the workshops, their inter-connectedness, and their regional and national significance. Works by artists such as John Cage, Wayne Thiebaud, Cy Twombly, Howard Finster, and Sally Mann will be featured from a variety of museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Asian Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Public programming will include related lectures, community workshops, and symposia. The exhibition will travel to the Gregg Museum of Art at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

1708 Gallery (aka 1708 Gallery)
$20,000 Richmond, VA
Art Works – Visual Arts
To support InLight Richmond, a juried outdoor exhibition of light-based art. Selected artists will be offered an honorarium, installation, and production support to develop new work that responds to the history and significance of a particular neighborhood. Video, sculpture, interactive projects, and new media works will be created to activate building facades, storefronts, green spaces, sidewalks, and alleyways. Past jurors have included prominent contemporary curators from major U.S. museums. A series of lantern-making workshops and a lantern parade will be organized in partnership with local schools and community groups.
West Virginia
Number of Grants: 8 Total Dollar Amount: $822,900

West Virginia Filmakers Guild
$10,000 Morgantown, WV
Art Works – Media Arts
To support production and post-production costs for a documentary on cultural representations of Appalachia. Co-directed by Sally Rubin and Ashley York, the feature-length film will examine historical representations of Appalachia in film, television, and photography from the past century and tell stories of the region’s residents today. Interviews with artists and writers such as bell hooks, Ashley Judd, and Burt Reynolds are included in the film. Upon completion, the documentary will be submitted to film festivals and made available to the public through community screenings, with a special focus on West Virginia and the greater Appalachian region.

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