FSU Students Present to Appalachian Regional Commission on Mountain City Traditional Arts
Eleven students in Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas’ Folklore in Appalachia class at Frostburg State University made presentations to the Appalachian Teaching Project Student Research Presentations program in Washington, D.C., recently. Hosted by the Appalachian Regional Commission and Consortium of Appalachian Colleges, the students spoke about Mountain City Traditional Arts on Main Street in Frostburg, a storefront center dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of traditional arts in the Appalachian region. Over the past year, students have been instrumental in documenting potential artists, and prepping and designing the shop space, which officially opened its doors on May 30. Students also planned workshops and oversaw a series of events, including a small roots music performance at the venue. The student projects were sponsored by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. From left in the front row are students Beth Campbell, Christina Williams, Mitra Karimian, Jenna Tenaglio, Amy Chesla and their professor, Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas. In the back row are Dr. Cindy Herzog, FSU Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Al Feldstein of the Maryland Department of Planning; and students Mark Collins, Austin Persons, Nathan Beeman, Andrew Miller, Carl Burkhart and Christopher Massimino.
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