Creating the relationships, knowledge, and media to bring the county together and guide our work forward.
Appalachian Media Institute, Appalshop Archive, Roadside Theater
- Artist and Artisan Organizations
Supporting professional and amateur artists of all generations, opening up new markets through educational and public art events, and building commerce and tourism around cultural activity.
EpiCentre Arts, Blackey area arts/tourism
- Community Centers
Bringing communities together to celebrate cultural assets and build community wealth through cultural events, educational programs, and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Campbell’s Branch Community Center, Carcassonne Community Center, Cowan Community Center, Hemphill Community Center
- Health and Agriculture Organizations
Improving citizens’ health and work-readiness, building a market for local food produces, and creating gathering spaces that combine creativity, entrepreneurship, and health.
Letcher County Farmers’ Market, Community Agricultural and Nutritional Enterprises, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation
- National Research Partners
Collaborating to build a new national model of grassroots cultural and economic development.
Imagining America, Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project
- Private Sector Organizations
Working together to create the conditions for wealth creation through building new local businesses, supporting existing ones, employing citizens with a wide range of skills, and promoting the region through civic activity, festivals, and partnerships with government and higher education.
Downtown Whitesburg Retail Assocation, Mountain Tech Media
- Volunteer Fire Departments
Building community and culture across the county, including many places other institutions cannot reach. Provide essential services to residents and organize large-scale cultural events including meals, concerts, dances, and an annual bluegrass festival to bring residents together and build local assets and wealth.
Kings Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Mayking Volunteer Fire Department, Sandlick Volunteer Fire Department