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Appalachian State University


The Elk Knob Public Art Plan: 2011-2015

The Elk Knob Public Art Plan: 2011-2015 is a tool for helping the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO) and their allies realize their shared vision for using works of public art to: 1) promote sustainable development of the Elk Knob communities; and 2) promote curiosity about and understanding of the culture, history, and natural world on and around Elk Knob by all people. EKCHO established a public art committee to implement this project, and this committee worked closely with the students throughout this course.

The 2012 ATP students engaged in community-based research about the culture, history, and natural world around Elk Knob and then worked with community members to develop two of the four public art sites identified in the 2010 plan. This work included drafting a design for sculptures, presenting the design to the public art committee, revising the design based on feedback from the committee, and working with the committee to create and install the work.


2012 Presentation

2012 Final Report

To view the Watauga Democrat news article click here

To view the Elk Knob Community Art Project photos click here.


Contact Information: 

Thomas S. Hansell 
Center for Appalachian Studies
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32115
Boone, NC 28608
Telephone: 828-262-7730


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