Monuments Across Appalachian Virginia
Monuments Across Appalachian Virginia (MAAV) seeks community members, community organizations, and regional artists to help document and commemorate histories and experiences that have been silenced, denied, or excluded. MAAV seeks to support creative works such as public art, murals, performances, and installations across the Appalachian region of Virginia. Across a three-year period, MAAV will facilitate the creation of six to ten new monuments with a focus on: the diversity of Appalachian communities with regard to race, ethnicity, indigeneity, national origin, gender expression, sexuality, and more; movement across the landscape via migration and population displacement; resource extraction and environmental change; and struggles for social justice including feminist, anti-racist, environmental justice, and pro-labor movements.
MAAV is funded by The Mellon Foundation and housed at Virginia Tech. The project is being led by Katy Powell, director of the Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies, and Emily Satterwhite, the director of the Appalachian Studies program in the Department of Religion and Culture.
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