Both rural and urban Appalachian communities boast some of the most talented artists and spirited leaders in the country - and Pat Timm is no exception! For decades, Pat has been deeply involved in advocating for urban Appalachians. In addition to her civic work, Pat is a wonderful photographer and uses her skills to capture the beauty of Kentucky landscapes. Keep reading about Pat and her many achievements and ambitions in this week's blog post by Mike Templeton.

Plus, see a letter from our fundraising committee urging our friends and supporters alike to consider donating to UACC so we can continue to provide education, advocacy, research, events, artist support, and so much more for our community.

And don't forget to check out two events of interest to the UACC community happening tomorrow!


Will you help us provide continued support to the urban Appalachian Community?

Greetings Friends! 

By this letter we are inviting your continued support for the many ways that, even in the midst of this global pandemic, we at the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition are continuing to address the needs and concerns of greater Cincinnati’s urban Appalachian community.

UACC has continued its commitment to community research which, time and again, has strengthened initiatives for social justice advocacy.  Over the past six months, analysis of health data on diagnosed COVID 19 cases by neighborhood and the limited availability of testing in the city’s neighborhoods, clearly underlined the need for action.  Based on these findings, advocacy efforts were initiated with the health department and city leaders. The result was that accessible testing sites were set up in near west-side neighborhoods and other underserved areas. Further, the UACC Research Committee has joined forces with the regional Appalachian Translational Research Network to begin to survey rural and urban Appalachians about their experiences with the pandemic.

A third research project, made possible by collaboration with a University of Cincinnati intern and accomplished despite the need for social distancing, was the completion of the first of a number of planned interview-based research endeavors to gain a more in-depth understanding of the greater Cincinnati communities where urban Appalachians reside. This first study was done in Elmwood Place and the findings are being shared with village leadership and Hamilton County planners.

Networking is key to accomplishing UACC’s mission, and as we have had to significantly reduce our direct, face to face community engagement activities and cultural celebrations, like so many other organizations, the realities of ‘social distancing’ and ‘sheltering in place’ are pushing us to increase our online capabilities. Luckily, we have highly skilled volunteer and staff leadership who help lead the way in this regard.  Facebook posts and the weekly UACC Newsletter via email serve as the backbones of our online networking.

The UACC website was refreshed this year and we are proud to have launched our online Cultural Resources Directory for artists and services of all stripes with a decided Appalachian flavor. To date, we have given presentations, webinars, and have our organizational meetings with Zoom.  Recently, a special Virtual Cultural event on December 3rd, "Don’t Cry for Us, J.D. Vance: A Virtual Reading by Ohio Appalachian Authors” had over 900 who signed on and participated. The recorded event is available at our website:

The Frank Foster Library on Urban Appalachians is being reorganized at Community Matters in Lower Price Hill and the digital catalog is almost completed.  We think the library will be a great resource for students, faculty, and the community. Local historians agree.
Please know that any support you are able to give is a blessing. The material and hands-on support provided by donors, volunteers, and community partners have served to help accomplish these activities and will continue to make possible those yet-to-be-imagined actions called for in response to our urban Appalachian community’s needs and creative ideas.

Wishing you a most happy, safe, and healthy holiday season!

Maureen R. Sullivan      Michael E. Maloney      Debbie Zorn

Boiling Point Radio Show Featuring UACC's Mike Maloney

The Boiling Point Radio Show is a news radio program "for working people." It airs every second Thursday on 88.3 FM from 3-5 PM. Last week, UACC's Mike Maloney was featured in a discussion panel during the December 10 broadcast in which they covered topics like Hillbilly Elegy, Trump's appeal in the region, and the fact that there are no longer any union miners in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

Be sure to tune in to 88.3 FM for similar content and, perhaps, future collaborations with members of the UACC network.


Attention Urban Appalachian Writers and Artists

Would you be willing to write an essay for the new digital textbook in Appalachian Studies proposed by a group of EKU faculty - particularly the topic of celebrating Appalachian Arts in the Diaspora?  There are many ways to approach the topic such as:
  • Biography of an artist
  • Community celebrations such as festivals
  • Home and other family practices
  • Cincinnati or the Miami Valley as the Epicenter of Appalachian Music
  • Is Bluegrass (or other genres) being handed down or being appropriated by non-Appalachians?
  • Cincinnati/Dayton Area as a center of Appalachian literature
HERE is the link to the call for submissions. A 500-word prospectus is due December 15. The essay is due April 15. If you need help or advice feel free to call (513-531-8799) or write ( Mike Maloney with the UACC Research Committee.

Three Poets, Three Books: A Reading Among Friends
Tuesday, December 15 @ 7 PM

Poets Roberta Schultz, Elaine Olund and Pauletta Hansel will read selections from their new books of poetry. Registration required. Register HERE and let them know you're interested or will be attending on Facebook.

Cincinnati Music Wellness Coalition Presents "A Celebration of Holidays and Cultures from Around the World"
Saturday, December 19 @ 1 PM

Join Barb and Russ Childers for a Zoom celebration filled with music and holiday cheer. They will be offering a glimpse of Appalachian traditions through music and song. HERE is the Zoom link.

Three Poets, Three Books: A Reading Among Friends
Tuesday, December 15 @ 7 PM

Join UACC Core Member and Cincinnati's first Poet Laureate, Pauletta Hansel, and friends for a virtual reading. Pauletta will be reading excerpts from her newly published poetry collection titled Friends. Register in advance HERE.

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