Our Mission

Appalshop’s mission


Our mission is to enlist the power of education, media, theater, music, and other arts to:

document, disseminate, and revitalize the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia;
tell stories the commercial cultural industries don’t tell, challenging stereotypes with Appalachian voices and visions;
support communities’ efforts to achieve justice and equity and solve their own problems in their own ways;
celebrate cultural diversity as a positive social value;
and participate in regional, national, and global dialogue toward these ends.