CORBIN — The Regional Summit of the Arts Connect Appalachian Youth was held Friday at the Corbin Center bringing together artists, students and educators from across eastern Kentucky.
According to Jarod Rogers, Program Manager with Partners for Education Berea College, the summit is the culmination of a yearlong project by Partners for Education at Berea College that focuses on celebrating the arts in rural Appalachian Kentucky and providing students with opportunities to explore their artistic talents, voice support for arts education and engage in conversations around improving arts opportunities in the region.
“Young, creative youth are thirsty for arts opportunities,” said Sarah Campbell, arts integration coordinator at Partners for Education. “Students feel the lack of resources, arts classes and creative spaces in their schools and express immense gratitude for the educators who strive to provide them with opportunities. The summit will be an interactive event, encouraging student artists to engage with guests about the relevance of their work and the importance of arts programs in school.”
One senior student from Leslie County High School who participated in the dance session said she’s learned the Virginia reel, a folk dance.
“It’s really nice to meet a lot of people here that share the same love for art that you do,” she said. “It’s really fun.”
The senior went on to say she feels like the arts often times gets overlooked by extra curriculars and was glad to be a part of Friday’s events.
The artwork presented at the event will be associated with artist residency programs and featured work from numerous disciplines, including blacksmithing, Appalachian dance, theater and media arts. Guests also participated in hands-on sessions and learning opportunities.
“There are so many talented and hardworking regional…