Top left: 2016 Southern Movement Assembly, photo by Lou Murrey; Top right: 2016 STAY Summer Institute, photo by Lou Murrey; Bottom left: STAY roundtable at Wild Fig Books in Lexington, KY, photo by Izzy Broomfield; Bottom right: 2016 STAY Summer Institute, photo by Lou Murrey
Happy New Year from STAY!
While we are just as excited as everyone for 2016 to be over, we can't act like it was all bad. All across the mountains, the south, our nation, and globally--we've seen communities rise to power and stand up for justice. We have held each other through tragedy and trauma, and laughed with one another as we came together over and over again. We know it's going to take a lot more laughter, love, and community built to make it through 2017, but we ain't going nowhere! From Appalachia with love, Happy New Year from the STAY Project's staff, steering committee & membership!
Thanks so much to our 2015-2016 STAY Steering Committee members who rotated off!
Willa Johnson, Kyra Higgins, Taylor Adams, and Gabby Gillespie transitioned this year--we are so grateful for their service and contributions to the STAY community.
Welcome to our 2016-2017 Steering Committee! Learn more about these fine folkshere
Olivia Lowery, Big Stone Gap & Roanoke, VA
One of our new steering committee members who isn't pictured above is going to introduce herself :) I’m Olivia Lowery and I’m a third-year student at Hollins University, where I study sociology, social justice, and gender and women’s studies. I was born and raised in Big Stone Gap, VA and grew up in love with Appalachian culture. However, growing up queer in the region presented its own challenges. When I left my hometown to attend college, I found myself extremely homesick but felt empowered by the strong community of queer individuals at Hollins. Though most of them were not from the Appalachian region, I saw first-hand what a powerful thing community can be. I found the STAY Project through my interest in Appalachian Studies as a career and fell in love with the work these individuals are doing. I am fully committed to a brighter future and a post-coal economy in the region, and believe that young Appalachians have a major role to play n shaping that future. Creating this supportive community within the Central Appalachian region is vital to the progress of Appalachia and the stories of those who live there. Through the STAY project, I hope to work with others in the region to continue this building of community as well as foster conversations and actions that promote growth of Appalachia.
Mark them calendars!! The 2017 STAY Summer Institute will take place July 6th-9th in Pipestem, WV at the Appalachian South Folklife Center!
One of the coolest features of our new website is our job board! Check it out here, and e-mail us any opportunities you hear about firstname.lastname@example.org
STAY had our most successful grassroots fundraising year yet! We were able to host two fundraising weeks, were the beneficiaries of an incredible fall drag bingo fundraiser, and launched a sustaining givers program! Thanks to all of you who made contributions to STAY this year, and an early thank you for those of you that will contribute to our work in 2017! If you'd like to learn more about how to donate, or sign up to be a sustaining giver,click here!
Interested in digging deeper with STAY? Join a committee!
STAY is trying to find more ways to engage our members in work throughout the year. At our November 2016 Steering Committee meeting, we launched a Racial Justice Committee and Membership Committee! There are several other projects, partnerships, and general contributions you can make to STAY.