New Support for Folk Arts and Culture in Scotts Run, West Virginia

Central Appalachia Living Traditions’
West Virginia Anchor Community Announces
Scotts Run Resonance—Passing It Forward

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Image: Scotts Run Spring Planting Festival. Credit: Eve Faulkes.

Baltimore, May 23, 2023 – Scotts Run, West Virginia-based Scotts Run Settlement HouseThe Shack Neighborhood House, and the Scotts Run Museum & Trail have announced Scotts Run Resonance—Passing It Forward with support from Mid Atlantic Arts’ Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT) program. This initiative includes a year of events and classes to exchange wisdom and pass on traditions of foodways, history and heritage, music, and repair with the next generation.

The CALT Folk Arts and Culture Community Anchors Initiative provides targeted resources and support to select community anchors of folk arts and culture in the region with the goal of dramatically impacting the sustainability of traditional practice and cultural knowledge. Three participant communities, including Scotts Run, West Virginia, were identified in consultation with state folklife program partners and other constituents. The other two sites are the communies of Athens, OH, with the Federal Valley Resource Center (FVRC) as key partner and Bristol, VA who is working with The Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Each community anchor site formed a Community Folk Art and Culture Team that is leading project planning and the implementation of a Community Folk Arts and Culture Plan that details strategies and activities to increase the sustainability of folk arts and culture in their community.

The members of the Scotts Run Folk Arts & Culture Team include The Shack Neighborhood HouseScotts Run Museum & TrailScotts Run Settlement Housecb studios, the West Virginia Folklife Program, graphic designer and retired West Virginia University (WVU) Art and Design professor Eve Faulkes, musician and WVU Associate Professor of Sustainable Design Chris Haddox, Assistant Director of the WVU West Virginia and Regional History Center Lori Hostuttler, The Shack community members Mary and Annamarie Saltis, WVU Presbyterian Ombudsman and Former Director of the Scotts Run Settlement House Rev. D.D. Meighen, Director of the WVU Osher Life Long Learning Institute Jascenna Haislet, musician and DJ Artistotle Jones, and project coordinator DJ Cassell. 

The 2023-2024 Scotts Run Resonance events are tentatively scheduled as follows: 

  • May 13: Spring Planting Festival, The Shack and Scotts Run Museum 
  • July 15: Repair Café, The Shack 
  • September 11: History Harvest/Card-making workshop, Scotts Run Museum 
  • September 16: Scotts Run Street Fair, Scotts Run Museum (outside) 
  • February 10: Repair Café, The Shack 

For questions, call the Director at the Shack, 304.599.5466, or Eve Faulkes, 304.692.1116.

Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT) is a multi-year program designed to promote the understanding and recognition of folk arts and culture in Central Appalachia through a three-part program that invests in folk arts communities while seeding new folk and traditional arts experiences and honoring underrecognized practitioners of cultural traditions across the region. This initiative was developed in response to Mid Atlantic’s Central Appalachian Folk and Traditional Arts Research and Survey Project (CAFTA) completed in 2020. CALT has three program areas: Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences, Folk Arts and Culture Community Anchors Initiative, and Recognizing Folk Arts and Culture Champions. Collectively, these programs are intended to stabilize local venues, create greater connectivity among organization and community leaders, increase the visibility of folk arts and culture, and facilitate the transmission of artistic skills and cultural knowledge. 

Image: Scotts Run Spring Planting Festival. Credit: Eve Faulkes.

About Mid Atlantic Arts
Mid Atlantic Arts nurtures and funds the creation and presentation of diverse artistic expression and connects people to meaningful arts experiences within our region and beyond. Created in 1979, Mid Atlantic Arts is a private non-profit organization that is closely allied with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional, national, and international perspective. To learn more about Mid Atlantic Arts, its programs and services, visit our website at

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