“Appalshop is a unsentimental exercise in authenticity.”
– Pat Aufderheide, In These Times
Founded in 1969, Appalshop brings forth new and often unheard voices and visions from the people of Appalachia and rural communities across America and abroad, demonstrating the power of arts and culture to create meaningful social and economic change.
We present stories that commercial media doesn’t tell, challenge stereotypes, support grassroots efforts to achieve justice and equity, and celebrate cultural diversity.
Coal miners, fast-food workers, prisoners, truck drivers, community activists, high school students, teachers, musicians, and artists continue to create compelling solutions for a better way of life for their families, their communities, and their country. Appalshop amplifies these voices through a variety of media productions, public presentations and educational projects, including film, video, radio, new media, music, theater, and community exchanges.
Located in the heart of the central Appalachian coalfields, Appalshop houses media production and training facilities in film and video, a community radio station, a 150-seat theater, art gallery, and regional archive of over 4,000 hours of film, audio recording, and still images. We feed more than $1,500,000 into the local economy each year through salaries and programming. Appalshop is a private, non-profit organization supported with funds from public agencies, foundations, corporations, and many individuals – like you.