One Vision/ Many Voices: Envisioning Our Future by Valuing Our Past
The Fall 2012 ATP students met with the editorial board of the Appalachian Independent, www.appindie.org an online citizen journalist news source for western Maryland, and project director Mike Snyder early in the semester to be given an overview of the project. Students organized four community events and visioning sessions in Allegany and Garrett County. The programs were planned for Mountain City Traditional Arts in Frostburg, the Westernport Train Museum in Westernport, and Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Grantsville, with a fourth location pending. Frostburg students worked directly with members of the AppIndie's editorial board to bring the AppIndie's One Vision/ Many Voices project to fruition.
Visioning sessions were intended to be the hook which inspires attendees to engage in a facilitated discussion designed to address the One Vision/Many Voices question: "How do we embrace what we value in our community while moving towards a healthier, more sustainable future?" By producing visioning sessions inspired by the traditional arts, students encouraged regional residents to recognize the appeal of heritage, culture, and sense of place when envisioning a positive and sustainable future for the region.
Kara Rogers Thomas, Ph.D.
101 Braddock Rd.
Frostburg, MD 21532-1099
Attn: Sociology/Guild Center
Previous Conference Participation: 2011 2010 2009