appalshop photo


91 Madison Ave
Whitesburg KY 41858

Appalshop is a media, arts, and education center located in Whitesburg, Kentucky, in the heart of the Southern Appalachian region of the United States. Founded in 1969 under the leadership of Bill Richardson as a project of the United States government's War on Poverty. In 1974 the worker-operated organization evolved into a nonprofit company called Appalshop and established itself as the primary hub of filmmaking in and about Appalachia, and since that time has produced more than one hundred films, covering such subjects as coal mining, the environment, traditional culture, and the economy. Appalshop also produces theater, music, and spoken-word recordings (released on its June Appal Recordings label), as well as photography, multimedia, and books.