Elk Knob Community Based Art Project
In 2010 the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO), the Watauga County Arts Council, and ASU's Center for Appalachian Studies worked to develop a five-year public art plan for the EKCHO area. In 2012 – 2013, ASU students helped implement EKCHO's art plan by developing two community-based art projects. For 2013 – 2014 we plan to engage students and the local community in the process of implementing the next steps of the plan. The artistic interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Elk Knob will help sustain the Elk Knob Community.
Students will engage in community-based research about the culture, history, and natural world around Elk Knob, and then work with community members to create and interpret an art site identified in the plan. Students will assist with the Elk Knob Community Day on September 14, meet with community members and create a draft design to present to EKCHO by October 10, and in October will collaborate with community members to create and install the public art pieces in time for an opening on Friday, November 8.
Thomas S. Hansell
Center for Appalachian Studies
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32115
Boone, NC 28608
Telephone: (828) 262-7730
Previous Conference Participation: 2012 2011 2010 2009
Alfred State College