BY EMMA PEPPER, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, THE HUB
The team at WVU Libraries is set to curate a highly innovative exhibition looking at narratives about West Virginia and Appalachia – and how the people of Appalachia today can rewrite them. The team is looking not only for artists, but also for scholars, community groups, and practitioners to submit ideas for consideration to be included in the exhibition that will be on view beginning August 2019.
The submission deadline is January 31, 2019 and questions may be directed to Sally Deskins, WVU Libraries Exhibits & Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-293-0369.
From the organizers:
This collaborative, multidisciplinary exhibit and programming will address the dominant contemporary narratives about Appalachia in a new way— how the people of Appalachia have worked and will work to rewrite their own narrative and transcend limiting definitions of what it means to be Appalachian. The creatively designed, accessible and interactive exhibit will synthesize humanities research, art, and civic action inviting viewers to explore the often overlooked communities of Indigenous Appalachia, “Affrilachian” (African American in Appalachia), and queer Appalachia. It will also ask viewers to examine Appalachian tradition and culture; the intersections between extraction industries, new technology, and science; literacies and education in Appalachia; as well as speculative futures for the region.
The exhibit will use scholarship and creations to tell stories about the broader ideas and relationships amongst the various Appalachian identities, past present and into the future.
We are seeking artists, scholars, community groups and practitioners whose work fits into one or more of the exhibit’s four themes:
- Theme I: Growth of Diverse Ethnic Populations
- Theme II: Science, Education and Industries
- Theme III: The Future of Appalachian Traditions
- Theme IV: Speculative Futures/Futurism