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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College


Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College students worked with a coalition of community change partners in Harlan County, Kentucky, including Christian Outreach with Appalachian People (COAP), Southeast Kentucky Revitalization Project (SEKYRP), Harlan Country Schools, and Cawood Ledford Boys and Girls Club to implement downtown development plans and devise new economic development ideas. During the summer and fall of 2018, students worked with a youth coalition and professional artists to create murals in the downtowns of Harlan County as part of a downtown development strategy. Approximately 75 youth aged 12-24 participated in the creation of at least two large-scale murals. This work combined hands-on experience in project planning and execution, nature education through PMSS, participation in Boys and Girls Club mentoring programs, and hands-on experience for youth in art making. ATP students provided leadership and served as mentors to youth working in this process. In addition, fall 2018 ATP students worked with the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center to use the data gathered by Appalachian Land Study project at UK to engage the community in planning and generate new economic development ideas.  

2018 ATP Proposal

Southeast Kentucky's Live Presentation in Washington, DC

2018 Final Report



Contact Information:

Mr. Robert Gipe
Appalachian Program Director
Professor of Humanities
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College 
700 College Road 
Cumberland, KY 40823 
Telephone: (606) 589-3130 


Previous Conference Participation
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