Making, Keeping and Revitalizing the Arts in Appalachia

Geraldine Maschio, Geraldine Maschio






As Tom Anderson has stated, the arts are essential to the health, the very life, of the community (Anderson, 2003). Arts administrators and artists have long known this, but in the past fifteen years or so the term “Creative Placemaking” has taken hold in the arts, urban planning, and in community development circles, “branding,” if you will, the ideas put forth by Anderson in 2003. But Creative Placemaking also occurs in rural communities, far from urban planners, cultural districts, and gentrifying groups. This paper explores the country’s first County Extension Agent for the Arts and the success of her Creative Playmaking in Pike County, Kentucky, a coalmining community of 63,000 (


Creative Placemaking; Creative Placekeeping; rural arts; Kentucky arts; Creative communities; cultural vitality; Appalachia.

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