MicroFest: Appalachia (Knoxville/Harlan): Reconnect

The Knoxville/Harlan MicroFest event will begin on Friday October 26 at 8:30am, and will end on Sunday October 28 at 2pm.

Due to travel time between Knoxville and Harlan we are starting early on Friday. Please plan to arrive by Thursday evening. If you are flying out on Sunday, please book your flight for 3pm or later to allow for travel time.

Schedule subject to change.

Live streaming online via #NEWPLAY TV
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Thursday — October 25, 2012

Dinner on your own in Downtown Knoxville.

7:30pm — Premiere of Speed Killed My Cousin by Carpetbag Theatre
@ The Emporium Center for Art and Culture
(Entrance thru the Fire Street Alley, off of Jackson Avenue)
Written by Linda Parris-Bailey and directed by Andrea Assaf. Speed Killed My Cousin tells the story of a young African-American female veteran of the Iraq war and her struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Speed... is supported by a National Performance Network (NPN) Co-Commission Award.
$15 in Advance and $20 at the Door

Friday — October 26, 2012

Breakfast on your own in Downtown Knoxville.

*8:30am — MicroFest Welcome, Opening and Framing
@ The Emporium Center
100 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

9:15am–12:00pm — Community Tour Tracks (choose one)

Track One: Youth Development
@ Tribe One
2112 East Magnolia Avenue Northeast, Knoxville, TN 37917
Carpetbag Digital Storytelling and Tribe One:
Two leading organizations share their approaches to arts-based youth development. Participants choose between two hands-on workshop (one in screenprinting and one in mural painting) led by young people from Tribe One, or joining Carpetbag Theatre for a workshop sharing their methodology for digital storytelling.

*Track Two: Cultural Organizing
@ The Emporium Center
100 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Highlander Research and Education Center:
Highlander serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building, working with communities and artists to expand their effectiveness in issues-based campaigns and to provide intensive training in organizing. Explore what cultural organizing is, how it’s being used in current campaign work, and ways to incorporate it into your work.

Track Three: Art and Food Justice
@ Beardsley Community Farm Mechanicsville Neighborhood
Three organizations share stories and tools for addressing issues of food access, land use, and community farming. FISH Hospitality Pantries performs an excerpt from The Hungry Heart. Grow Appalachia shares stories about culture and farming techniques. Open Waters Theatre Arts leads a hands-on gardening and story-sharing workshop.

12:15pm — Lunch
Blue Plate Special Concert
@ Knoxville Visitors Center and Radio Station
Lunch included with out-of-town registration.

2:00pm — Plenary: How can arts and culture enhance cross-sector collaborations and community development efforts?
@ The Emporium Center
Speakers: Julie Graham, PlanET and President/CEO of the Union County Chamber of Commerce (TN); Shawn Lindsey, Public Works Director, Athens, TN; and other local and national leaders.
A community conversation exploring successful collaborations across sectors, up to the federal level, which utilize art/culture to enhance the visioning, planning, or implementation of community development efforts, specifically in rural areas.

Conversation and History Tour: The Jo Carson Project
Developed in partnership with Ann Kilkelly and Bob Leonard
Facilitator/Director: Vince DeGeorge and Co-Facilitator Mark Kidd.
This storytelling event is an exploration of Jo Carson’s theory of memory patterning in the brain. A short excerpt of Jo Carson’s writing will be read. Each participant will then be invited to share a personal story triggered by that excerpt.

6:30pm — BBQ Dinner in Lynch, KY
@ Eastern Kentucky Social Club
278 West Main Street, Lynch KY, 40855
Dinner included with out-of-town registration. Cash bar.
Local dinner rate is $15 per plate.

8:00pm — Appalachia Performs
@ Eastern Kentucky Social Club
278 West Main Street, Lynch KY, 40855
MCs: Elana Scopa and Linda Parris-Bailey
Featuring Noah Hughes, Mitch Barrett, Pam Holcomb, Courageous, Kudzu Killers

@ Pine Mountain Settlement School
36 State Highway 510, Bledsoe, KY 40810
@ Benham School House Inn
100 Central Ave, Benham, KY 40807
Housing assignments will be based on which Saturday morning track you select.

Saturday — October 27, 2012

8:00am — Breakfast
@ Benham School House Inn or
@ Pine Mountain Settlement School
Breakfast included with out-of-town registration.


9:00am–12:00pm — Community Tour Tracks (choose one)

Track One: Art in Community Development
Locations: Pine Mountain Settlement School and Old Evarts High School
Two rural initiatives share stories and tools for using art in community development and city planning. Learn about working with city officials to plan communities; the complexities of civic/artist partnership; and how art can be used in developing a specific neighborhood within a city.

7:00 Breakfast at Pine Mountain
8:00 Bus departs to Evarts
Participants engage with community members involved in the 2013 Higher Ground tour.
9:00 Community Discussion
Community leaders Bennie Dale Coleman and Kevin Crider discuss the process and impact of creating a site-specific version of Higher Ground in Evarts.
10:00 Building Home: Theatre, Conflict, and Board Games
Bob Leonard and Jon Catherwood-Ginn lead participants in an exploration of BUILT NRV, a civic planning/public dialogue board game (created and re-designed by Sojourn Theatre for the New River Valley Planning District Commission) that opens ways for participants to find agreeable balance within the complexities of personal priorities and community values in planning for a healthy community.
11:00 Bus Discussion
Discussion about the tools shared, and things to consider when establishing relationships with city leaders. Explore what cultural organizing is, how it’s being used in current campaign work, and ways to incorporate it into your work.

Track Two: Art in Environmental Issues
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Higher Ground, and Appalshop:
Locations: Portal 31 and Black Mountain
Coal mining has a rich and complicated history in Harlan County. Participants will experience this history on a guided tour of Portal 31. Representatives from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth will provide context for current environmental campaigns. Appalshop shares its experience with using art as a tool to address the environmental impact of coal mining in the region.

7:30 Continental Breakfast at the Inn
8:00 Check out of Inn and load luggage onto buses
8:40 Bus departs Benham Inn
9:00 Tour and Discussion
Three round-robin sessions: Portal 31, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and Appalshop.
11:00 Site Visit to Black Mountain
Witness the impact of mountain top removal on the Virginia/Kentucky border.

12:30pm — Potluck Lunch hosted by the cast of Higher Ground
@ Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Lunch included with out-of-town registration.

*1:30pm–3:30pm — Higher Ground Performance and Discussion
@ Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Higher Ground began as a musical drama based on oral histories collected in the community and addressing community response to substance abuse. In association with a variety of visiting artists, the Higher Ground coalition has produced three plays, and is at work on a fourth. Over two hundred local residents have participated as cast, crew, and musicians in the project.

*4:00pm–5:00pm — MicroFest Reflection
@ Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Share responses and reflections from the previous tracks.

5:00pm — Dinner + Performance (choose one)

Option One:
5:00pm–7:30 — Crawdadoween 5: Crawmageddon
@ Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Crawdadoween 5: Crawmageddon is a youth arts festival and Halloween celebration conceived, planned, managed, and carried out by young people in the area. Visual art and music created by and for local youth will be on vivid display.
7:30pm — Depart for Pine Mountain Settlement School

Option Two:
Square Dancing
@ Pine Mountain Settlement School
5:30pm — Bus departs SKCTC for Pine Mountain Settlement School
6:30pm — Dinner @ Pine Mountain Settlement School
7:30 Square Dance with Rich and the Po’ Folk
Lesson will be provided. No previous square dancing experience necessary.

Sunday — October 28, 2012

7:30am — Load up the Vans

8:00am — Breakfast @ Pine Mountain Settlement School

8: 30 Town Hall: “How do you know the work is having impact?”
Participatory discussion focused on reflections of impact and articulating the various elements of community cultural development.



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