KNOXVILLE – Art & Community Think Tank Hits Central Appalachia October 25-28, as the city of Knoxville and Harlan County, Ky. serve as the second stop for MicroFest USA.
Festival activities will include panel discussions; neighborhood arts tours; dance, music and theater productions; workshops; a trip to Harlan Ky. and more.
For more information visit: www.ensembletheaters.net.
A MicroFest Pass is $5 and can be purchased at Remedy Coffee at 125 W. Jackson Ave.
Friday — Oct. 26, 2012
8:30am — MicroFest Welcome, Opening and Framing
9:15am–12:00pm — Community Tour Tracks (choose one)
Track One: Youth Development @ Tribe One Carpetbag Digital Storytelling and Tribe One, two leading arts organizations provide hands-on workshop focused on arts, storytelling, and entrepreneurship.
Track Two: Cultural Organizing @ The Emporium Center
Highlander Research and Education Center: Representatives from Highlander will share
techniques, case studies, and their definition for cultural organizing.
Track Three: Food Justice @ Beardsley Community Farm
The Hungry Heart, Grow Appalachia, and Open Waters Theater Arts will perform and provide a hands-on workshop about food access.
12:15pm — Lunch
Blue Plate Special Concert @ Knoxville Visitors Center and Radio Station
1:30pm — Plenary @ The Emporium
3:30pm — Travel from Knoxville to Lynch, KY. The Jo Carson Project Workshop and Roadside Theater will host conversations about the history of the region on this guided bus tour.
8:00pm — Appalachia Performs @ Eastern Kentucky Social Club
Pam Holcomb, Noah Hughes, Courageous, and the Kudzu Killers
Saturday — October 27, 2012
9:00am–12:00pm — Community Tour Tracks (choose one)
Track One: Art in Rural Planning
Higher Ground/Harlan, KY and Built NRV/Blacksburg, VA
Learn how these two communities—Harlan County, Ky. and the Town of Blacksburg, Va .—are using art as a tool for city planning and community development. Participants will take away tools for civic engagement with city planners and local business owners to incorporate art into planning
processes and neighborhood development.
Track Two: Art in Environmental Issues
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Appalshop and Higher Ground: Appalshop, Representatives from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and the cast of Higher Ground will provide a tour to local mining sites.
12:30pm — Lunch with Community@ Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
1:30pm–3:30pm — Higher Ground Performance and Discussion
4:00pm–5:00pm — Reflection Forum
5:00pm — Dinner
5:00pm–7:30 — Crawdadoween @ Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Halloween Appalachian youth music festival
6:30pm — Dinner at Pine Mountain Settlement School
8:00pm — Square Dance @ Pine Mountain Settlement School
Sunday — October 28, 2012
8:00am — Town Hall Breakfast @ Pine Mountain Settlement School