PERFORMING OUR FUTURE:
F O R U M
AUG 18-21 2016 • HARLAN COUNTY, KY
2016 POF FORUM:
A Weekend on Pine Mountain
Our first national POF Forum brought together 20 younger leaders concerned with the cultural and economic development of their own struggling communities. Throughout the gathering at Appalshop and Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County, Kentucky, members from diverse fields including folklore, public health, the performing arts, and government debated professional challenges and opportunities inherent in our current historical moment; connected these challenges and opportunities across disciplines; conceived cross-disciplinary collaborations for the coming year; and visited local sites of Appalshop’s culture hub activity.
Now, participants are engaging one another in monthly hour-long virtual discussions to develop their collaborations. Members will present, publish, and publicize their insights and research throughout the next two years as part of Performing Our Future.