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FSU’s Cultural Events Series Nets Grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Funds Will Support ‘Kathy Mattea: Moving Mountains’ in November

FROSTBURG, Md.—Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series was recently awarded an ArtsCONNECT grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in support of a 2008-09 tour of “Kathy Mattea: Moving Mountains.” CES, a lead presenter for 11 partners from seven states coordinating the tour of Mattea’s programming, was chosen from 105 applicants. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation officers praised CES’s efforts in securing the grant and their presentation of such promising performing arts programming.

“The panelists were so inspired and excited about this project, and impressed with the collaborative application package, that they rated this the highest ranking project in the pool of 22 projects,” said MAAF program officer Krista Bradley.

In “Moving Mountains,” Mattea, an American Roots musician, pays tribute to her heritage and the life and struggle of the Appalachian coal-mining community. Her exploration of the music and culture of coal mining is inspired by her childhood in Appalachia, as well as by the recent Sago mining disaster.

Mattea will perform at Frostburg’s Mountain Ridge High School on Sunday, Nov. 9, and participate in a public outreach program titled “Our People, Our Place, Our Coal” on Nov. 10 at FSU’s Pealer Recital Hall. “Our People, Our Place, Our Coal” will bring together experts from the coal and ecological communities and regional historians for a panel discussion that explores the economic, environmental and social aspects of the coal industry in Western Maryland. The project is presented with the support of the Maryland Department of the Environment Water Management Administration Mining Program, Bureau of Mines and the FSU Library Special Collections Department.

For more information on the Kathy Mattea: Moving Mountains tour and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, visit For more details on CES events and the upcoming performance, visit or e-mail

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