Appalshop Accepting Applications for Core VISTA Position

Appalshop is seeking applicants for a VISTA position in Arts Programming to begin work on August 1st, 2016. Selected applicant will need to be located in Whitesburg, KY and be able to work 40 hours per week. A cost of living stipend as well as rent assistance will be provided. See the VISTA Assignment Description below for more details, and click here to apply today!


Appalshop is a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center in the heart of rural Appalachia producing original films, video, theater, music and spoken-word recordings, radio, photography, multimedia, and books. Our education and training programs support under-served communities and their efforts to solve their own problems in a just and equitable way. Each year, Appalshop productions and services reach several million people nationally and internationally.


The Programmatic VISTA at Appalshop will build organizational capacity to improve its divisions or “programs,” including the Appalshop Archive, AMI, Roadside Theater, etc. These activities include improvements to Appalshop’s programmatic development, communications strategies and digital databases; mobilization of volunteers; research and application for grants; planned events; connections with community partners, such as schools & civic organizations; engagement in public outreach; and implementation of strategies to achieve community & economic development goals. Successful candidate should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and have good judgement and people skills. Candidates must submit resume and cover letter expressing their interest in the position and what skills or talents they have to offer. Resume should include name, address, and contact for three references, at least one work or volunteer reference.

As a result of the VISTA member’s service, Appalshop’s divisions will report an increase in organizational effectiveness, programmatic capacity, community engagement and fundraising.

Objective of the Assignment (Month 1-4) The Member will conduct a feasibility study to discover possible new markets. The Member will execute a needs and asset map identifying Appalshop’s existing resources.

Member Activities:

1. Meet with the Appalshop Director, CORE, Appalshop programing divisions, and other VISTA members to determine scope, focus, and strategic plan of asset mapping

2. Identify and connect with key community leaders and recruit community members to carry out asset mapping

3. Collate the needs and assets of the community, Appalshop, and the region to identify key physical, economic and cultural resources

4. Develop and begin implementation of an asset map that reports on the findings of this work.

Objective of the Assignment (Month 4-8) The Member will engage with CORE-Appalshop’s administrative division- to identify programmatic organizational structure and management to promote programmatic flexibility i.e. the capacity to respond appropriately to opportunities as they arise.

Member Activities:

1. Work closely with other VISTA staff to access program effectiveness and needs

2. Assist Appalshop’s divisions in the development and exploration of more efficient organizational models

3. Assist the Director of Development to explore more diverse revenue streams

4. Attend regular meetings with the CORE staff, Appalshop divisions, and community members to explore the strengths and weaknesses of Appalshop’s divisions

5. Attend institutional meetings, related to both administrative and programming matters

Objective of the Assignment (Month 8-12) Engage with CORE to implement programmatic changes

Member Activities:

1. Assist in implementing sustainable programmatic goals

2. Coordinate fundraising efforts with the Director of Development to seek more sustainable funding opportunities that support Appalshop’s programs

3. Compile all findings, and a strategy for deployment, in a document/binder/database for future use.