Appalachian State University

Appalachian State

Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO)

As a result of a 2009-2010 public art planning grant to Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO) from the NC Arts Council, ASU’s Center for Appalachian Studies joined in partnership with EKCHO and the Watauga County Arts Council to implement a five-year public art plan for the EKCHO area. The public art plan is intended to promote sustainable development of the Elk Knob community and to foster curiosity about and understanding of the culture, history, and natural world of Elk Knob.  Students met with members of the Pottertown community at Elk Knob Missionary Baptist Churchto generate content ideas for development of public art at the first of the sites, the Eller Store.  Students used this and other fall events and resources to develop materials for an EKCHO documentary project, for the public art project website, and for a final report to the EKCHO public art partnership and to the ARC.  Students used photography, video recording, sound recording, historical and community research and writing, beginning with Elk Knob Community Day, September 11, 2010.

Final Report

Student Participants: Aaron Akey, Lauren Byram, Cody Hogue, Kristin Hyle, Jameson Jones, Rebecca Jones, Skye McFarland, Suzanne McKinney, Rachel Roberts, Leigh Walters

Faculty: Patricia Beaver

Contact Information:

Patricia Beaver, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Appalachian Studies
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32018
Boone, NC 28608
Telephone: 828-262-408


Previous Conferences: 2009