Narrative Change

Narrative Change

In fall 2023, the Appalachia Funders Network (AFN) accepted applications from AFN member organizations to serve as leaders of a pilot project that features three communities focused on promoting narrative change within the Central Appalachian region. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) applied for and received funding to participate in this pilot along with Mountain Association in eastern Kentucky and Appalachian Community Fund based out of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Through this pilot, TGKVF is working with local partners toward building stronger regional networks, telling new stories about our people and places, and investing in the cultural, economic, and environmental vitality of Central Appalachia. The pilot project will explore the use of narrative change tools and network strengthening as a means of community empowerment and activation. The long-term goal is to interweave nonfiction storytelling, journalism, cultural stewardship, and civic media practices to lift up regional narratives and build stronger regional networks.

Are you interested in learning more about this work? Contact Stephanie Hyre or Megan Simpson.

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