Music is a central component of Appalachian culture and identity and the UACC community certainly has no trouble finding amazing, local talent like Fred Bartenstein. Fred is a musician and has spent decades studying bluegrass music and Appalachian culture. Keep reading more about Fred and check his profile out in our Cultural Resources Directory

Plus, a poem by Affrilachian poet Crystal Wilkinson and upcoming events and opportunities.

UACC Cultural Focus Group Zoom Meeting Recap
On October 12, UACC's Core team and a group of local and creative musicians, community organizers, educators and writers met for a focus group over Zoom to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their lives and careers and how our newly launched Cultural Resources Directory can help connect artists and community organizers to potential clients and partnerships.

Want to know what we discussed? View the notes HERE and be on the lookout for more focus groups and virtual gatherings to be announced!
The Written Word: Crystal Wilkinson - an Affrilachian poet
United is the Way: A story of hope and healing

A grandmother trying to replace lost income and keep her family financially stable... 

A construction worker who made $200 a day and now finds himself unemployed... 

A veteran trying to maintain consistent employment and meet basic needs... 

A grandmother worried about the pandemic’s effect on her grandchildren’s mental health and development... 

These are all stories of COVID-19. This documentary aired on WCPO Channel 9 last Thursday. Watch the full documentary HERE.

Cincinnati Action for Housing Now Election Day Petition at Polling Locations

Leverage this final opportunity to collect signatures from registered voters at strategically designated polling locations! They need all hands on deck to weather the Election Day storm and to petition for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund ballot initiative during this historical moment. They are asking volunteers to sign up for a time slot (morning, lunch time, or late afternoon) and then they will assign a polling location. All volunteers must sign up for a virtual, one hour training. Questions? Contact Amanda Lynn Barker:

Sign up HERE.
MUSE Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir Hosts World Premiere and Virtual Rally
November 1 @ 7 PM

Since May 2020, MUSE Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir has been exploring novel ways to connect with our audiences and provide a space for expression, education, inspiration, and healing. On November 1 at 7pm EST, we proudly present the culmination of the last six months of virtual choir work. During this event, host Marie Elyse Krulewitch-Browne will take you on a journey with videos from the year, focusing on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the intersectionality of Black women’s experiences, youth voter participation, income inequality & barriers to voting, and LGBTQ rights. The evening will feature MUSE’s world-premiere video, The Revolution, and special guests Emma’s Revolution.

There will be watch parties and virtual rallies throughout communities, to help wrap-up the most important election season of our generation!  To attend the world premiere or host a virtual rally, please sign up here.  Special thanks to our partners ArtWorks and GALA Choruses. 

Calling all AmeriCorps Alumni
The AmeriCorps Alumni Election Integrity Project is a nonpartisan group looking to utilize the extensive Americorps Alumni network to mobilize people to volunteer to work at polling locations. This is a great opportunity for Alumni to help defend democracy and show up to ensure a safe and fair election.

They are asking all AmeriCorps alumni who aren't at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 to sign up at  
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