Masks are now mandatory to wear while in public spaces in Kentucky, Hamilton County, and Cincinnati. Learn about what the Cincinnati community is doing to serve those most at risk and testing sites sponsored by the health department. 

In case you missed it, this week's blog post is an in-depth recap of our virtual event, Appalachian History in Cincinnati, Ohio. UACC worked in conjunction with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to present cultural and historical information about Appalachians in this region. Watch the full recording and learn more about the presenters below.

Lastly, check out the community events section for a publishing opportunity and a virtual event featuring Kentucky's first African-American poet laureate. 


As COVID-19 cases spike throughout our region, mask wearing is taking center stage. The city of Cincinnati mandated mask wearing in all public places last week. 

United Way of Greater Cincinnati, with the help of Procter & Gamble, will eventually distribute 1 million masks to members of our community. They are working closely with partner agencies, grassroots organizations, faith-based organizations and others to ensure masks (and sanitizer) go to those most in need. They know the Black community and other marginalized communities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19; they are their main focus. 

Rob Bilott Article
You may recall our January blog post about urban Appalachian Rob Bilott and the biopic starring Mark Ruffalo, Dark Waters. Check out this article from The Enquirer about Bilott's ongoing fight against DuPont.

Dan Gellert's performance in The Mountain Minor
Get the inside scoop on Dan Gellert's musical and acting contributions in the film directed by Dale Farmer. Check out the article by Aiken Standard HERE!
COVID-19 Testing Sites July & August

U.S. Census Update

Complete the 2020 Census today! Respond now at or call 1-844-330-2020. To protect the health of the public during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Census Bureau interviewers have had limited direct contact with the public until now. Interviewers will begin visiting homes that have not responded in August. Respond today, and they will not need to send an interviewer to your door to collect your answers. 
Lyric & Life: Black Art in Times 
Thursday, July 16 @6:30 P.M.


Join The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center for a fundraiser supporting their mission!

This intimate talk and reading with Kentucky’s first African American poet laureate will consider the role of the artist in bearing witness to the fullness of Black life in and beyond the hardship that overwhelmingly defines our experiences. Engaging the aesthetics of Black art, which have consistently articulated communal struggle and the imaginative practices that move us towards freedom, this conversation will also explore love’s place in liberation and the possibilities of a revolutionary transformation of Black life in this moment of pandemic and protest.

Register HERE!

Women of Appalachia Project: Call for spoken word & find art for anthropology
Submission deadline is August 1,2020

Calling all storytellers, poets, singers, and fine artists! Selected works will be published in "Women Speak," Volume 6. Women residing in, or having strong ties to, any of the 420 Appalachian counties are eligible to submit their work. 

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