We are surrounded by art every day, whether we recognize it or not. Specifically, this blog focuses on the struggles, controversy, evolution, and stereotypes of Appalachian art and the artists who work in it. Appalachian Arts is defined as the traditional arts and crafts of the southern mountain region that not only include photography, paintings, theater, dance, but also the traditional works of weaving/spinning, carving, pottery, and blacksmithing known throughout this area. Arts In Appalachia will dive into the issues and topics of Appalachian art culture to educate people on the art scene and environment in their own backyard as well as bring a fresh perspective to these timeless traditions and cultures. By finding new ways to highlight what the region is like without taking advantage of the poverty-stricken and making the stereotypes worse, this blog will analyze what makes the art what it is and the politics or social issues of the culture. We will also dive into certain artists and how their work may help or hinder the goal of bringing a positive light to Appalachia. With plenty of Morgantown natives who have been surrounded by the culture and stereotypes for all of their life, I believe this blog will be able to connect current events to a type of art and how art, in general, can help bring people together, if even for a moment.
Arts In Appalachia is run by five journalism students from the WVU Reed College of Media.
Karlee Gibson: @karlton_gibson (Twitter)
Holly Fry: @holl_ow_y (Twitter)
Dean Marrazzo: @da_jrl
Adam Payne: @clubpayneguin (Twitter)
Gillian Wanosky: @GillianWanosky (Twitter)
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