Folk/Traditional

Mobilizing the Arts in a Crisis: The WPA's Lessons For Today

Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

The Cooperative for the Humanities and Social Sciences series Crises and Creating Social Change examines the Works Progress Administration "back to work" programs for artists during the Great Depression, notably the Federal Theatre Project and Federal Music Project.

Join Professors of Theater Herman Farrell and Nancy Jones, Professor of History David Hamilton, Emily Moses from the Kentucky Arts Council, and Professor Emeritus of Musicology Ron Pen as they explore ways in which these programs could be models for our response to COVID and economic crises.

Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series - Rhea Combs

Date: 
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

As the supervisory curator of photography and film at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Dr. Rhea Combs understands the power of images to tell stories and to write histories. She unearths film and photographs made by both professionals and amateurs, ranging from fine art and documentary photos, to home movies, family portraits, and commercial imagery and uses all of these to help “reclaim stories that are fundamentally American, but are lost or forgotten.” 

Appalachia Online - Larah Helane

Date: 
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 12:00pm

Appalachia in the Bluegrass goes online this year with weekly streamed performances!

Larah Helayne is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Mount Sterling, Kentucky. Growing up in the foothills of the Appalachias, Larah’s life and music have been greatly impacted by the magnificence of the mountains. Her songs reflect both the beauty and struggles of living in Eastern Kentucky, while weaving in the story of her own wild and beautiful life. Her songs possess a startling honesty and an unfaltering hope that captivates anyone who takes the time to listen.

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Appalachia Online - Sam Gleaves

Date: 
Friday, November 20, 2020 - 12:00pm

Appalachia in the Bluegrass goes online this year with weekly streamed performances!

Sam Gleaves was born and raised in Wytheville, Virginia where he began playing music as a teenager with the help of local mentor Jim Lloyd, a multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and barber. Lloyd introduced Gleaves to nationally recognized ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams who shared with Gleaves the old “love songs” of her community tradition. Rooted in Appalachian sounds, Gleaves’ songwriting sings of contemporary rural life and social issues.

Appalachia Online - CornMaiz

Date: 
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:00pm

Appalachia in the Bluegrass goes online this year with weekly streamed performances!

CornMaiz is a nouveau old-time family string band from Kentucky featuring original music, traditional, old-time tunes from Eastern Kentucky, and unique versions of some famous cover songs.  The band features clawhammer banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, fiddle, and three part harmonies.  Performances also include the amazing traditional Appalachian dance styles of flat-footing and clogging.  The group has performed at festivals and events throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and in Mexico.

Appalachia Online - Carla Gover's Dance Workshop

Date: 
Friday, September 25, 2020 - 12:00pm

Appalachia in the Bluegrass goes online this year with weekly streamed performances!

Carla Gover is a flatfoot dancer and clogger, a banjo player, a singer-songwriter, an educator, and a community organizer. She is an eighth-generation Kentuckian who hails from a small coal town in Eastern Kentucky, and her rural sensibilities permeate the work that she does and the art that she creates.  She is the artistic director for the Appalachian/Latinx collective Cornbread & Tortillas and also performs with CornMaiz String Band and Zoe Speaks original roots music band.

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