Inside ACF
What a busy last few weeks we’ve had here at ACF. Week before last I attended the Rural Development Conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and next week I’m headed to the Appalachian Funder’s Network Seventh Annual Gathering in Roanoke, West Virginia. It’s been a lot of traveling around, but I’m more excited about the work that has been going on in the office.
Applications are coming in for our East Tennessee Appalachian Hero Awards. Make sure to get yours in before May 1st! We are also completing and applying for grants for planning, programs, and technical assistance for our grantees! Our office manager, Kathy Johnson, is finally taking a sabbatical, so don’t go sending her too many emails. Our development and office assistant just completed her doctoral program. We now have a doctor in the house! And two articles I wrote were published this week. Links to both of them are listed below in the Featured Stories section.
New Funding Opportunity
I am happy to announce the launch of a new funding opportunity for our grantees, the Power and Powerlessness Fund!!! The Power and Powerlessness Fund was established by John Gaventa, and funded from the royalties of his prize-winning book, Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence and Rebellion, published by the University of Illinois Press in 1982. During the work on the PhD, John spent a great deal of time in the Appalachian coal communities about which the book was written, particularly the four counties of Campbell and Claiborne in Tennessee, and Bell and Whitley in Kentucky. 
This fund was created as a modest way to attempt to thank these communities and organizations for all of the lessons they taught, the hospitality they gave, and the courage which they exhibit in challenging the issues of power and powerlessness in the region. 
Read more about the fund and how to apply here.
Earth Day Campaign
Last year, I put out a call of action to the readers of our enewsletter - a call for each of us to do whatever we can to support and nurture the world in which we live. This year I'm doing the same. Let each of us take a moment to reflect and do our part to protect and celebrate our Earth and especially our Region.

How will you give back?

As always thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, and thanks for being a part of a community of readers who celebrate Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia! 
Peace, love, and justice,
Executive Director​

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Featured Stories
Intimate Interlude Margo Miller & Arlene Goldbar
Arts, Culture, Social Justice Network
Rebecca Mwase asked new ACSJN Leadership Team member Margo Miller, Executive Director of Appalachian Community Fund to have a quick chat with Chief Policy Wonk of the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture, Arlene Goldbard. They had a robust discussion about artistic expression, reactivity,  focus and long term strategy.  We are sharing the juiciest bits with you. Check out this snippet and let us know what questions it sparked for you.

AG: Do you find people are more interested in integrating artistic expression and collective creativity into the organizing work they’re doing these days?
MM: The people that I’m closest connected to do. The biggest and most recent successful action the Appalachian Community Fund  had that demonstrates that was around the “Hands off Appalachia” campaign. The main celebrity of the campaign was this big oversized puppet who was created in a community workshop. The group also organized and strengthened their community during Sunday dinners.
Read full discussion here
L-R: Margo Miller and Sheila Gaskins at ROOTS Week. Photo: Melisa Cardona.
Philanthropy Is A Transformational Act: Standing At The Intersection Of Funding, Arts And Activism 
Article by Margo Miller
I find myself sitting at my desk thinking about my work in social justice and reflecting on the different pair of shoes I’m wearing these days. I’m standing at the intersection of funding, arts, and activism looking at the word philanthropist.

Philanthropist: noun, a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

Philanthropy: noun, the practice of performing charitable or benevolent actions, love of mankind in general.

I like the root meaning of the word philanthropy. Kindliness, humanity and love to humankind. I smile and am proud to call myself a philanthropist and to be working in the world of philanthropy. It fits in quite nicely with the work I’ve been doing most of my life, particularly my work with artists who have played a significant role in cultural and political change. I also know how transformative the action of investing in something you believe in can be.

Art is a Philanthropic Act
I entered the foundation world in 2008, first as the Development Director and eventually as Executive Director for the Appalachian Community Fund (ACF). ACF was established in 1987 to provide grants to groups promoting progressive social change in Central Appalachia. Our motto, Change, Not Charity™, reflects our vision to support social change organizing and our conviction that, by networking and partnering with organizations working to address the root causes of the problems facing folks every day, we can create more just, equitable, healthy communities with opportunities for everyone – transformation.

My entry into the world of social change and social justice, however, came from working with the Carpetbag Theatre starting back in 1992. This is where I put on my cultural activist shoes. It’s also the place where I was introduced to the community of artists who make up Alternate ROOTS.

When I think about ROOTS’ membership and the work they do, I feel their investment of time, energy and creativity is a philanthropic act in and of itself. These artists use their craft as a tool for creating social change and have played a very important role in moving folks and creating change. Throughout time, social movements have been enhanced and elevated by some form of cultural activity, whether it be songs, chants, puppetry, signs, or plays.
Read full article here
Regional News
"Envisioning Our Future": The Summer Documentary Institute at AMI
Appalachian Media Institute
This is an exciting time for the Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) as they near their 30th anniversary with new leadership and a continued dedication to providing place-based media training opportunities for central Appalachian youth. AMI is embracing an expanding media landscape with exciting new partnerships, collaborations and an updated digital classroom. They're also proud to be growing with their partners at the Southeast  Community & Technical College as they develop and launch Mines to Minds-- a high-tech certificate program.

2016 is a pivotal year for Appalachia as we transition from the extraction of fossil fuels towards the building of a new regional economy. AMI's 2016 Summer Documentary Institute will build upon a tradition of innovative media training with Envisioning Our Future: an 8-week program that utilizes documentary storytelling as a means to explore, produce and share youth-led visions for Appalachia’s future. Youth interns will experience a broad range of workshops on media production, including podcasting, media campaign strategy, digital filmmaking, photography and web-based storytelling.

Envisioning Our Future will offer 12 central Appalachian youth the opportunity to share the stories, struggles and successes of their communities and develop their civic and creative engagement through documentary media making. Through a partnership with Carnegie Museum of Art, AMI participants will collaborate with youth from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to develop stories about place and identity. They're also thrilled to be partnering with artists Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon to produce a youth-led media story for national publication through an Economic Hardship Reporting Project grant. 

AMI is currently seeking applications from central Appalachian youth aged 14-22. Please encourage the young folks in your life to apply!
Apply here
The Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living
July 7-10, 2016
The Sixth Annual Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living will take place Thursday-Sunday July 7-10 near the Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky.  Discounted tickets are now on sale at www.whippoorwillfest.com
Approximately 500 people are expected to attend this year's festival, which will feature over 75 earth-friendly workshops that seek to preserve and honor old-time and Appalachian living traditions.  This is a family-friendly festival and alcohol use is discouraged. 
The new location for the 2016 festival is Lago Linda Hideaways, near Beattyville Kentucky, close to the internationally-famous hiking and rock-climbing mecca, Kentucky's red River Gorge.  Lago Linda features a beautiful swimming lake, a campground with some indoor spaces, and plenty of room for wooded tent camping.  RV sites and beautiful lakeside rental cabins are available at an additional cost.
Featured evening music at the Whippoorwill Festival includes the Restless Leg String Band, The Local Honeys, The Coteries, Laura Thurston and mountain ballads with Saro.  There may also be a contra dance.  Evening fires, crafts, food vendors, breakfast and dinner are provided.
This year's festival is headed by a new organizing crew after festival founder Dave Cooper turned ownership of the event to the community in 2015, so there are lots of new ideas for this year, and lots of enthusiastic energy.
For more information about the 2016 Whippoorwill Festival
Workshop for Social Justice Leaders and Activists
Being Welcoming & Engaging With People With disabilities
We are struggling for equity and against all kinds of discrimination. But how do we measure up in relation to people with disabilities? As we fight against discrimination based on race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion or economic or social status, we must also be in solidarity with the disabled community.

Our budgets, resources and personnel are stretched thin, but we must do our best to welcome activists with disabilities - for the benefit of our struggles as well as for the principle of inclusion.
This workshop, led by activists with disabilities, will include a short presentation covering Basic ADA/Civil Right Legislation and general disability etiquette, a video, questions and discussion. There will also be a very useful Resource Guide. 
We will discuss realistic measures that nonprofit groups working for systemic change can take in order to welcome disabled activists.  Please share your experiences as social justice activists, as people with all sorts of disabilities or as colleagues, friends or relatives of people with disabilities. What are the most important aspects of being "Disability Friendly"? What pitfalls should we avoid?
This brief but terribly important training is free, open to the public and will be accompanied by light refreshments. Please RSVP if possible to help us in planning, but everyone is welcome! 
Thursday, April 28, 6:15 - 7:15pm
Friends Meeting House
530 26th Ave. N., 37209
with Brendan Brown of Empowerment TN
and Donna De Stefano of TN Disability Coalition
New Market, TN (Focus on Youth)
Over the next two years, Alternate ROOTS will be hosting a series of six ROOTS Weekends. Formerly called ROOTS Regional Gatherings, ROOTS Weekends are a condensed version of ROOTS Week. These three-day convenings bring artists, organizers, and cultural organizers together to build community and share work through workshops, dialogues, visual arts, and performances. The gatherings will be grounded in the work of ROOTS Partners In Action program, but it will not be the sole focus of the weekend. The intention of this project is to help artists gain a deeper analysis of the work going on within the region and to lift up the ways artists are working with local communities to develop creative solutions to long-standing issues. ROOTS Weekends will be documented so that the experience and learning can be shared far and wide, throughout ROOTS’ membership as well as the broader field. They are not only looking to attract ROOTS members to these gatherings, but also local artists, cultural organizers, and creatives, regional and national partners, peer organizations, and funders. So in putting this event together they will be inviting proposals for performances, workshops, visual arts exhibitions, local excursions, and more!
Read more here

30 Day Comment Period Open for Nettle Patch Project
The Clinch Coalition
The Clinch Coalition continues to monitor and engage the proposed Forest Management Plan in the Nettle Patch area of High Knob. Read our official statement here. The Forest Service has opened a public comment period through April 30th, and we encourage you to send your thoughts on the proposal. In addition, there will be an opportunity to submit comments on April 19th, during a hike and site visit in the Nettle Patch Management area.  It is vitally important that community voices are heard and potential impacts are taken into consideration in the planning process. You may submit written comments to Shelby Williams, 1700 Park Ave. SW. Norton, VA 24273. For more information, or to RSVP to the April 19th site visit, please contact Shelby at (276) 679-8370 ext.237.
Read more here
West Virginia

West Virginia Hub
"We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems." "Ode"

by Arthur O'Shaughnessy
Having the courage to dream of a bigger and brighter future for West Virginia can feel like lonely work at times.
Sometimes it seems like you're out on your own. Or that your vision of the future is not realistic. Or that the forces working against you are insurmountable.
Never fear. The Hub is always here for you.
Come to Hubapalooza this year. You'll find your people, you'll find your strength, and you'll find your inspiration.
See you there. You won't be alone.
Jake Lynch and The Hub staff
Learn more or register here
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Seasonal Workshop Center Staff
The Highlander Research and Education Center
Positions are part-time and scheduled as needed. This is perfect for students and folks looking for extra income. Work is seasonal, with the season wrapping up around mid-November. Scheduling is very flexible!! We are more than willing to work with other schedules such as school, activism or another employer.

The Highlander Research and Education Center is an eighty-four year old popular education center that works with grassroots groups, in Appalachia and across the South, to promote social and economic justice. We are located 20 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee, on a 186 acre farm. Highlander’s long and proud history includes cutting-edge work with labor education and economic justice organizing, the Civil Rights Movement, environmental justice in Appalachia, and more. Highlander continues our movement building work with the current issues of today, including the movement for Black lives, immigrant and refugee rights, and transitioning from a coal economy in Appalachia, among others.
Read full job description here
A Full Time Job For Appalachian Youth
The Stay Project
The STAY Project (Stay Together Appalachian Youth) has created a full-time staff position in the region. This new position will expand STAY’s capacity to coordinate trainings, leadership development opportunities, and resources to build community for Appalachia’s amazing youth. 
Fulfilling, full-time work can be one of the hardest things for young people to find in our community, which is why STAY’s job creation is so important. Not only does this job create a new opportunity here in the mountains, it also allows the STAY Project to better create and promote important opportunities for youth across the region.
“We have plenty of young, skilled people in Appalachia, and great needs for their talents in our communities--I call on other organizations and leaders to be intentional about hiring, training, and fairly compensating our next generation of Appalachians,” said Izzy Broomfield, a member of the STAY Project Steering Committee.
The STAY Project is an exciting and diverse regional network of young people working together to create, advocate for, and participate in safe, sustainable, engaging and inclusive communities throughout Appalachia and beyond. Since 2008, the STAY Project has brought over 200 different young Appalachians together at five regional gatherings to help build a brighter future for Appalachian youth. 
Learn more about The STAY Project here
Appalachian Voices
Virginia Campaign Coordinator
Appalachian Voices is seeking a talented and passionate professional with grassroots organizing and environmental policy experience to help lead and execute our work in Virginia from our Charlottesville office. Our Virginia program works to promote clean and renewable energy while also combating the social and ecological impacts of new investments in fossil fuels.

Appalachian Voices works diligently to build community level engagement in decisions that impact our energy future. Key priorities for this work include advancing new market opportunities for clean energy through the policy and regulatory arena as well as the private sector, fighting massive natural gas pipelines proposed to cut across the state, and blocking a rush to build new gas power plants.

This position will report to the Campaign Director and will be based in our Charlottesville,
Responsibilities include:

  • Development and implementation of grassroots campaign plans
  • Management of VA Field Organizer, interns and volunteers
  • Planning, organizing and execution of public events including presentations, workshops, rallies
  • Producing action alerts, blogs and other online communications tools to mobilize our membership
  • Communication with decision makers, including state and federal legislators, regulators and utilities
  • Public communication and education on our issues, including media outreach, tabling and public speaking engagements
  • Assist in the coordination and facilitation of coalition calls and meetings
  • Collaboration with environmental justice groups to support communities suffering the most disproportionate impacts of our energy choices and increase awareness of environmental justice issues
  • Close coordination with, and outreach to, traditional and non-traditional partners including the renewable energy and energy efficiency business sectors
  • Working closely with the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition, Virginia Conservation Network and other allies
​​Virginia Field Organizer
The Virginia Field Organizer will report to the Virginia Campaign Coordinator and will be based in our Charlottesville VA office.

Responsibilities include:
  • Work alongside VA Campaign Coordinator to plan and implement VA program
  • Plan and execute campaign events including petition drives, visibility events, community meetings and workshops
  • Train and maintain a diverse base of volunteers in Charlottesville, Richmond and across western Virginia
  • Assist in the coordination and facilitation of coalition calls and meetings
  • Outreach to and networking with community stakeholders
  • Work with communications team to produce monthly email blasts, newsletters, action alerts, blogs, Facebook posts and events and other online communications tools to mobilize our membership.
  • Maintaining detailed databases of petition signatures, email sign-ups, volunteers, community leaders, local energy service companies, key community partners, etc.
For more information click here
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