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Rising Appalachia Showcases Local Nonprofits and Grassroots Movements…Using Historical & Cultural Analysis To Help Individual Reflect On And Evaluate Their Own Experiences Without The Context Of The Larger Cultural Narrative…

June 12, 2015

On Saturday, June 13 – New Mountain AVL, a local music venue, in partnership withLEAF Community Arts, will host the album release party for Rising Appalachia.  Rising Appalachia is a soulful sister duo, Leah and Chloe, sharing narratives of common human experience, social and environmental justice, and grassroots movements.

From their website:  “Music is the tool with which we wield political prowess. Melody for the Roots of each of us…spreading song and sound around the globe. Music has become our script for vision… not just for aural pleasure, not just for hobby-but now as a means to connect and create in ways that we aren’t taught by mainstream culture…we are building community and tackling social injustice through melody- making the stage reach out with octopus arms to gather a great family. It is taking its own personality, carrying us all along the journey down the damp and strange alley ways and cryptic coded pathways… topoetic observations, social change, lyrical messages, political rage, symphonic coercing, ferocious bantering, bicycles and train tracks, primal will, fresh air intoxicants, harmony and alliteration, noise and something sweeter than words can ever touch. ” Leah Song

Spoken word, southern strings, afro-cuban beats, and jazz are all tools in this group’s journey of “community building through sound.”  Listen to their songs:

New Mountain, Leaf Community Arts, and Rising Appalachia are using this album release party as an opportunity to engage community members with local movements and nonprofits.   Join us for music, conversation, networking, and beers!

Meet the People and Join the Conversation

Local racial equity organizers Isabel Carson, Laura Eshelman, and Olufemi Lewis will be sharing a table with Democracy NC at the event.  We will be sharing information about an upcoming Racial Equity Community Workshop in Asheville, facilitated by the Racial Equity Institute (REI) based out of Greensboro, NC.

Rising Appalachia showcases local Nonprofits and Grassroots Movements

REI seeks to help organizations, institutions, and communities develop a common definition for racism – and an understanding of how systemic racism influences outcomes in our society and institutions.

We are striving for a wide array of participants at this Community Workshop (October 16-17, 2015) –  and would love to connect with you, your neighbor, or your organization to hear how racism impacts you and your community (OUR COLLECTIVE COMMUNITY).  Come out to New Mountain this Saturday, June 13, and chat us up!  We look forward to seeing everyone, connecting with other grassroots organizers, and sharing strategies and stories!