As a result of UACC launching its first-ever, virtual Cultural Resources Directory (CRD), we were curious as to how COVID-19 has impacted the UACC community and how we can best serve our community through this new resource.

On October 12, we hosted a virtual gathering in which we invited artists, writers, poets, educators, community organizers, musicians, etc. to learn more about the directory and how it can be used to connect those within the urban Appalachian community as well as with those outside the community.

Mike Templeton sums up the major conversations and themes discussed in last month's meeting. Keep reading to learn more about those who attended and the CRD!

Plus, virtual performances to enjoy, a message from the Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate ahead of tomorrow's election, and UACC's October COVID-19 data to come in next week's newsletter.

An Update from UACC Core Member John Bealle
Kudos to Sophia Enriquez of Batavia for her presentation at the recent meetings of the American Folklore Society. Sophia is a doctoral student at the Ohio State University and gave a presentation on Latinx-Appalachian music. In "Latinx Migration and Music in Appalachia" she investigates the migration histories of Latinx people in Appalachia, focusing on the way music articulates and enables new relationships of people, place, citizenship, and belonging.
A new book wants to reshape the Appalachian narrative you think you know - The Hill

No, it's not Hillbilly Elegy.

Read about it HERE.

"Here I Am: Making Photographs with Malcolm Wilson" Trailer

A trailer for an upcoming film featuring the work of longtime UACC friend Malcolm Wilson.

The Nature of Isolation: Poet Pauletta Hansel Reads "13 Ways of Looking at a Pandemic"

Pauletta Hansel shares "13 Ways of Looking at a Pandemic." This piece was selected to be part of the month-long series "The Nature of Isolation."


The Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate & The Election

The Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate has drafted a statement calling for mutual respect as we approach the Tuesday election. As a CRCAH member organization, UACC supports this initiative and we share with our allies a desire for curious, respectful, and civil discourse.

CRCAH Civility Statement (November 2020)

The Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate and its member organizations earnestly implore all candidates running for elected office, and all Americans, to engage during this election season in a curious, respectful, and civil discussion over the future direction of this country. Let's strive to make our political interactions and decisions represent our shared values- peace, justice, freedom and an active love for our human family and the planet that we share. 

Particularly during elections, political discourse can become malicious and undermine the spirit of engagement among Americans and our immigrant neighbors. This can further segregate us along socially constructed lines and make it more, not less, difficult to find common ground or even maintain neighborly relations. The bombardment of political slander on TV and via our social media accounts can spread misinformation, intolerance and bigotry. During these next days and potentially weeks, when divisions are most pronounced, we must be vigilant in preventing political discourse from drawing on deep-seated resentments, stereotypes and harmful narratives. Consider that each person has had varied experiences in this land we call home, some benefiting while others are excluded. In the spirit of our shared humanity and in remembrance of the long-suffering of our ancestors, let's exchange ideas to find common ground and create a culture and institutions that center those who have been historically marginalized and allow all of us an opportunity to be better neighbors and thrive within our society. #NoPlaceForHate

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

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.

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