Appalshop is thrilled to be part of the 2017 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Top 100 list! This list “celebrates thought leaders, provocateurs, and innovators who are using their platform to create cultural movement,” according to the Center. “This year, the list takes on a renewed urgency and importance. In the face of uncertain social and political headwinds, we must give voice to those who can lead us towards a more hopeful and equitable future.”

Fellow 2017 honorees include Chance the Rapper, The Indivisible Project, and Barry Jenkins- director of Moonlight. Past honorees include Humans of New York, Beyoncé, and Ava DuVernay- director of Selma.


“As Appalshop approaches our 50th anniversary, we are honored to have our work recognized alongside such amazing artists and cultural workers across the country. Ones that are advocating for justice and building the communities where all people can live with respect,”  shared Ada Smith, Appalshop Board Chair  

Appalshop staff will join the YBCA 100 Summit in October which is attended by hundreds of Bay Area thought leaders from different sectors – including art, philanthropy, business, activism, technology, and education. Featuring talks and performances by YBCA 100 honorees, this provocative public gathering explores culture, creativity, and change. Join us in celebrating the new generation of Appalshop which is working during an extraordinarily demanding moment in the life of our region, our nation, and our planet.  


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