Director's Log: Star Date 94980.24

Right about now, I feel like Neelix from Star Trek Voyager dancing to Jerry Lee Lewis’ There’s a Whole Lot of Shaking Going On. Neelix wore many hats on the ship and seemed to be the one always organizing social and cultural events. Even though I never saw him dancing to it, I think that song is more than appropriate for all that’s been going on here at ACF.

I’m headed off to Charleston, West Virginia next Tuesday for the fourth convening of our Out in the South Central Appalachia initiative. We’ve had amazing events so far and are looking forward to the next one. We are also co-hosting a screening of Independent Lens’ film, Real Boy. You can read more about both below; also check out the video below from our first gathering in the new Out in the South section of our enewsletter.

The board is also getting ready to review all the grant proposals that came in for our $30K for 30 Years Campaign at our June board meeting. Even though the board will have a lot of decisions to make, we are certainly going to make time to celebrate and provide an opportunity for you to Meet and Greet board and staff members. Below is an invitation to our meet and greet this Saturday with our board of directors. If you are in town, we would love for you to stop by and meet our board and staff. Please make sure to RSVP to Patricia by June 7th. I hope y’all will join us!

It’s also time for our Spring Appeal. I hope to be able to get that out in the mail to y’all by the end of the month, but I really don’t know if I’m going to make that deadline or not. Unlike Neelix and the rest of the crew of Voyager, I don’t have access to a replicator nor  warp drive technology. I do have access to music at the office. I’m cranking it up and am pretending to be Neelix preparing for the Talaxian holidays celebration. Shake, baby shake!

Well, that's all. Live long and prosper my dear social justice collective. Margo signing off for now.

Live long and prosper my dear social justice collective.

Peace, love, and justice,

Margo Miller
Executive Director​

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ACF Accepting Board Nominations 
Are You a Mover and Shaker? Want to Support Grassroots Organizing in Central Appalachia?
ACF Wants You!  ACF is recruiting new board members for our current fiscal year. We are looking for people who are committed to social justice in the region and who would be willing and able to make at least a two-year commitment and ideally a three-year commitment. Download an application in Board Nomination Form.
Deadline: June 2nd
Out in the South Central Appalachia

You're Invited 
Out in the South Initiative: Central Appalachia Gathering Series  
Join The STAY Project and Appalachian Community Fund for a series of gatherings bringing together the LGBTQIA+ Community in Central Appalachia. Together, we will create an inter-generational space to celebrate, connect, learn, and share our stories. 

The gatherings are designed to develop broader networks that will support and sustain LGBTQIA+ organizations and individuals in our region. To achieve this goal, gatherings will be held in East Tennessee, East Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, and West Virginia. In late June, a regional gathering will bring participants together to hear our findings and plan next steps. 

All gatherings are free and open to the public, including a catered meal (be sure to indicate dietary restrictions and other access needs when you register). Each gathering will last from 5:30pm-9pm. 
For those who cannot attend in person, we will also hold video conference calls following each state gathering. 

For specific questions, please feel free to contact our Project Director, Kendall Bilbrey, at 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Here is the video from our gathering at Highlander.
ACF is Co-Hosting
Independent Lens Screening of Real Boy
East Tennessee PBS
Presented by Independent Lens - PBS and East Tennessee PBS in partnership with Appalachian Community Fund and the birdhouse Walk In Theater:
"Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens." The screening is free and open to the public, followed by a town-hall style discussion. Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.
Gathering details
Regional News
A Transformative Leadership Experience
Applications for the 2017-18 Cohort of Ridgeway
A Transformative Leadership Experience are being accepted now through Monday, June 12, 2017.  Ridgeway is an intensive year-long personal, interpersonal, and network development experience for people who are committed to a bright future for Appalachia.
Leaders from all sectors are encouraged to apply including those in non-profit organizations, businesses, government or other community leadership roles.  Ridgeway participants are chosen with the intent that each cohort reflects Central Appalachia along multiple dimensions of diversity and experience inherent in the region.  The cohort as a whole will ideally span a range of political, cultural, social and economic perspectives in order to build understanding and a sense of unity across differences that often divide us.  Through intensive retreats, individual coaching, accountability partnerships and personal assessments, participants will engage in deep personal and interpersonal work together that in turn ties into exploring regional challenges and differences that extend beyond individuals and communities.  
For more information
The Liberation School 
Mission to Heal Movement Building Culture   
Liberation School is a nine month program to nurture and sustain you as you step deeper into your healing and leading abilities. At Liberation School individuals are trained for a new era of changemaking without unhealthy cycles of burnout.

If you are a healer, a movement builder, an artist, a dreamer: 
Join exactly as you are right now for a nine month holistic leadership school.

Previous Liberatory Leadership Project participants described these experiences:

  • Out of place in current activists culture
  • Disconnected from how we are working for social and environmental change
  • Imposter syndrome, worried whether you’re equipped to make the change you seek
  • Overwhelmed by what you are called to do in the world
  • Frustrated by relationships and organizations that don’t “walk the talk”
  • Hungry for freedom, connection and celebration in your organizing, advocacy, educational or healing work
  • Humiliation from not being able to maintain a breakneck speed
  • A desire for healing from trauma and a better understanding of how trauma shows up in changemaking work
  • Surprise physical, emotional health symptoms after years in your field
Orlando Strong! One Year Later
June 14 - June 15
AppFellows Regional Gathering
Benham, Kentucky on May 17-18, 2017
Highlander's Appalachian Transition Fellowship will be hosting a regional gathering in Benham, KY on May 17-18, 2017 for folks who are building local economies across sectors throughout Appalachia. Come share what's happening in your community, learn what's happening throughout the Appalachian region, connect across issue and geography, and strategize with one another!
Register for the gathering
Brushy Fork Annual Institute details
A Safe, Sober And Inclusive Space For Youth In The Mountains 
Boone Youth Drop-In Center 
The Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) at Appalshop is proud to announce the opening of the Boone Youth Drop-in Center at the Boone Building in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. Since opening their doors in October they have hosted numerous workshops, screenings, meetings and events which have reached upwards of 50 youth in their small community. Recent offerings have included a free weekly photography course, painting parties, arts workshops with local artists, a weekly film club, and more! The drop-in center is open to youth aged 14-25 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with additional hours during weekend workshops and events. To learn more about upcoming events or to get involved, please visit the AMI online calendar and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
Visit AMI website
Cultural Odyssey's Fully Awake & Facing Seventy: Heaven: Heaven Betta Bea Honky Tonk! 
The Carpetbag Theatre Inc. Presents 
FULLY AWAKE & FACING SEVENTY: HEAVEN BETTA BEA HONKY TONK! is written and performed by RHODESSA JONES with musical direction and performance by IDRIS ACKAMOOR.  It is an evening of cabaret with live music celebrating Rhodessa Jones becoming an official senior citizen. FULLY AWAKE poses the question, “Can the artist look back at her life as a way of ‘seeing’ into the future?” It is also a treatise on the Baby Boom Generation confronting their last years with panache, style, humor and yoga! Rhodessa confronts the issue of aging “full on” with insight, a sense of progressive politics, banter, pathos, empathy and sharp-edged humor addressing the issue of growing old with dignity and security. FULLY AWAKE is for audiences of all ages since in one-way or another since “we are all FACING SEVENTY!”  FULLY AWAKE completes a trio of full-length solo autobiographical works of Ms. Jones’ almost half-century career as a professional artist and community activist. Performances are May 19 and 21 at 7:30 pm at The Beck Cultural Exchange Center.
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Community Organizing Workshop
June 1-4, 2017
Come join Highlander and people from across the country for a Community Organizing Workshop! Topics will include: outreach and base-building, analysis and strategy, campaigns and tactics, strengthening youth and intergenerational work; popular education in organizing, and fundraising to support your group. 
Read more about the workshop
UALE Women's Summer Labor School
July 20-23 2017
Come join women from across the South and Appalachia, from labor unions and non-traditional worker organizing groups to develop leadership skills and share strategies to strengthen worker organizing. People of color, people with disabilities, non-union workers organizing for justice, lesbian/bisexual and/or transgendered people, younger and older workers, recent immigrants, people from all faith traditions and economic class backgrounds are welcome. In our diversity, we build solidarity as workers and union members. 
Register here
Narrow Ridge Summer Vision Fast
June 17 -25, 2017
Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center in rural Grainger County, Tennessee, is offering a Vision Fast Program on June 17-25, 2017.  Participants in this program will experience two and a half days of preparation and training, three days and three nights of fasting alone on a mountain near Narrow Ridge Center, and two and a half days of processing including a sweat lodge ceremony.  Past participants have reported significant increases in clarity about life directions, decisions, and purpose, in addition to finding the experience profoundly restorative in terms of feelings of health and well-being.  Wilderness fasts have been part of the rites of passage of many different cultures since time immemorial. 
Read more
2017 Child Care & Development Conference
Calling all Presenters & Exhibitors!
Our Daily Bread of TN, Inc’s 21st Annual Child Care & Development Conference located in the core of downtown Knoxville, TN, on August 26th, 2017. As food program specialists, they currently serve over 12,500 children across the state of Tennessee. They strive to promote a taste for nutrition and healthful choices that will improve the lives of children and enhancing the future of the community. They expect to attract over 300 visitors gathering for one common goal: enriching the lives of the children in our community.
Conference details
West Virginia
What Now For Hubapalooza? With a Little Imagination, We Think Anything Is Possible
Join the Hubapalooza Advisory Team
Hubapalooza, the regular gathering of community development folks, needs a little shake up. So, in 2017, they’re taking Hubapalooza back into the garage. They’re going to get under the hood, break this machine down, and see what new and improved beast they can rebuild in its place. Want to help design Hubapalooza 2018? Then you’re just who they need on their Hubapalooza Advisory Team.
Interested read more
Are You Working for a Healthier West Virginia?  This Conference is for You!
Try This Conference, June 2 – 3, 2017
Two idea-packed, inspiring days with like-minded people. Meet people from all over the state who are doing great things in their communities. Trade ideas, join forces, get inspired, learn, plan next steps and help build a statewide movement! A feast of do-able ideas!  Minigrants to make your idea happen!

  • Forty workshops: From farmers markets and school gardens to bicycling and running programs to school-based health centers and parks, we’ve got great workshop leaders who really know their stuff! 

  • Affordable cost: West Virginia Wesleyan is giving us a very reasonable price, and workshop leaders are donating time, so we can keep conference costs down. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!

  • Minigrant program: If you come to the conference, you can get grants to help make your healthier-community idea happen!  If three or more people from your community attend and plan as a team, you can apply. More details here.

  • Team building: Come with others from your community so you can brainstorm and plan in a stimulating, idea-filled atmosphere.

  • Youth activities: Young people from 14 - 18 are encouraged to attend and participate in our youth track. Younger children must be accompanied at all times by parents.
Try This conference details
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Workshop Center Staff
Highlander Research and Education Center
The Highlander Research and Education Center is an 85-year-old popular education center that works with grassroots groups in Appalachia and across the South to promote social and economic justice. They are located 20 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee, on a 186-acre farm and work in local communities as well. 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 recently, the changing demographics of our region and supporting youth and young adults working for social change.  
Overview of Position 
This position is hourly and scheduled on an as-needed basis.
This person will be a member of Highlander’s Workshop Center Team.   This team works together to carry out the responsibilities of Highlander’s Workshop Center and other facilities at Highlander.
Duties Include:
  • Share in cooking and cleaning responsibilities to provide safe, efficient, clean and welcoming spaces at Highlander.
  • Help to plan and prepare workshop center meals, in order to serve a wide variety of healthful menus utilizing a maximum of fresh produce and a minimum of processed food.
  • Greet workshop participants and help them have the info they may need to get settled
  • Help in the garden  
  • Help to ensure the maximum usage of on-site organic garden as well as locally grown organic foods.
  • Share Highlander’s rich history and current work with visitors and workshop participants through workshop introductory sessions or leading tours.
  • Help with childcare services when needed
  • Participate in staff meetings and educational sessions, as requested
Apply here
Office Manager
Appalachian Studies Association
This position will regularly work 37-1/2 hours per week. The ASA Office Manager holds a multifaceted position at the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA). The Office Manager oversees a number of key processes that directly affect the publication of the Journal of Appalachian Studies, the annual conference, and daily office operations at the ASA headquarters. The ASA Office Manager collaborates with editors and production staff to ensure production of the journal remains on schedule, manages online submission and review portal, calculates page counts, keeps publication schedule, handles consent forms and permissions and makes sure file types and dimensions are correct, and sends files to the publisher. Is responsible for organizing office practices and procedures, including but not limited to the following: preparing payroll, requisitions, and encumbrances, creating and maintaining filing systems, generating annual reports, and maintaining and distributing the ASA Handbook for officers and chairs.
Full job description
VISTA Opportunities To Help Towns Rebound From The Flood
In Southern West Virginia
Volunteer West Virginia, the State’s Commission for National & Community Service is sponsoring a VISTA project designed to help individuals, families, and communities recover from the recent devastating floods that hit the region in June 2016.
Positions are available in Kanawha, Nicholas and Clay counties. Selected VISTA will be assigned to a local Long Term Recovery Committee.

These activities will include:
  • Volunteer recruitment and management.
  • Community Connecting/Liaison Activities: education and outreach work to integrate community volunteerism into recovery programs long term, building relationships with partners who can mobilize unaffiliated volunteer resources.
  • Linking citizen volunteer teams to agencies that can utilize those teams.
  • Documentation of community best practices, in order to build a disaster spontaneous/unaffiliated volunteer coordination playbook, in case this happens again.
  • Documentation of volunteerism during the WV Flood Response in audio visual format.
  • The AmeriCorps VISTA program, also referred to as the “domestic Peace Corps,” is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Read more here
Marketing Communications Director
The Carpetbag Theatre Inc.
The Carpetbag Theatre Inc. is seeking an experienced Marketing and Communications Director to develop and implement plans for its ongoing performance series and organizational marketing efforts. This position is full time and candidates must be familiar with the Knoxville and East Tennessee markets. 

  • To develop and implement specific marketing strategies based upon program goals 
  • Coordinate and maintain all media contacts and ensure the company consistently gets print and digital coverage
  • Develop measuring system utilizing standard marketing metrics (volume of effectiveness measures etc.) for determining the success of each marketing and communications program
  • Works closely with all staff to ensure that campaigns are staying on track and being well received by the public

Level of Experience:
  • A minimum of three years experience in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Promotion or Journalism field or Theater Management
  • A Bachelors Degree or higher in one of the fields above 

Special Requirements:
  • Excellent communications skills with an emphasis on social media 
  • Must be familiar with the region
  • Must have the ability to work independently and cooperate with the CBT team

Please send resumes, work samples and references to the following email address:
Contact Linda Parris-Bailey or Jonathan Clark at (865) 544-0447
Appalachian Studies Instructor
Virginia Tech
The Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech invites applications for a one-year position as a full time instructor in Appalachian studies beginning fall 2017. The teaching load is four undergraduate courses per semester. The department’s Appalachian studies program supports an active cohort of Appalachian studies minors as well as a number of Appalachia-focused students in our Religion and Culture major. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in, or ABD status in, a humanities or social sciences field or discipline by August 2017, with Appalachian studies as a primary area of specialization in the dissertation project. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to a program of research and/or engagement in Appalachian studies and a record of successful teaching. They invite applications that attest to the candidate’s ability to teach “Introduction to Appalachian Studies” (40 students per class) as an interdisciplinary humanities course to students from across all colleges of Virginia Tech. The successful candidate may be invited to teach one additional Appalachian studies course in the instructor’s particular area of expertise.
Full job description
Funding Opportunities In Central Appalachia
We Shall Overcome Fund Application
Highlander Research and Education Center
“We Shall Overcome” served as the theme song of the Civil Rights Movement and is now a worldwide anthem for freedom and justice. Since 1966, the Highlander Research and Education Center has administered the We Shall Overcome Fund, which is generated by royalties from the commercial use of the song “We Shall Overcome." Deadline is June 1, 2017.
Full application details
Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Rural Cooperative Development Grant, Department of Agriculture
Applications close June 30, 2017.
Award Ceiling: $200,000
The primary objective of the RCDG program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities. 

Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation, National Park Service
Applications close: June 30, 2017
Funding amount: The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation. Our national network of conservation and recreation planning professionals partners with community groups, nonprofits, tribes, and state and local governments to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities. Project applicants may be state and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, or citizen groups. National Parks and other Federal agencies may apply in partnership with other local organizations.
Resist Expanding Emergency Grants 
During these times Resist would like to offer concrete support to Black-led groups working to build communities of healing, resistance, and creative visioning.  While Resist are prioritizing Black-led groups, they also welcome applications from accomplice groups with a strong track record of following Black leadership. Resist offers $500 Emergency Grants to eligible groups who are facing unforeseen and timely political opportunities. They offer this support so that groups can respond quickly to unexpected organizing needs. Emergency grant applicants will hear back within 72 hours. Please see eligibility requirements.
Apply here
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