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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

Frostburg State University

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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, 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.

2012 Presentation

2012 Final Report 


Contact Information:

Kara Rogers Thomas, Ph.D.
101 Braddock Rd.
Frostburg, MD 21532-1099
Attn: Sociology/Guild Center
Telephone: 301-687-3124
Fax: 301-687-4581


Previous Conference Participation:  2011     2010     2009

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