Photos by Willa Johnson, Jennifer McDaniels, Robert Gipe, Carrie Billett, and others.
One of Find A Way's performances was part of a conference produced by Higher Ground in partnership with Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute, the STAY (Stay Together Appalachian Youth) Project and other youth-led organizations in the Appalachian region. That conference, It's Good To Be Young in the Mountains (IG2BYITM), was youth-led in its design and production, and presented some of the best in the next generation of Appalachian art and artists, music and musicians.
IG2BYITM also brought young artists and activists together to discuss sustainable food and adventure tourism, sex education, social justice, LGBTQ activism, financial planning, and other issues pertinent to youth across the bounds of gender, race, and economic strata in the region.
Over 250 young people attended IG2BYITM and plans for further programming continue. Carrie Billett served as coordinator of IG2BYITM, and developed an innovative participatory social media campaign for the project.
One of the characters in Find A Wayis a woman named Sweet Betty, created by Carrie Billett and Elana Scopa Forson. Betty is a mountain woman full of story and talk and a great willingness to share what she knows with the next generation. The continuing adventures of Sweet Betty would become a part of Higher Ground’s next two plays. Betty proved to be a very active woman, even after her funeral, as we would see in Higher Ground’s sixth play, Life Is Like A Vapor.
Chapter 1: 2001-2005. A Lot of Listening & A Grant Proposal.
Chapter 2: 2005-2008. Higher Ground Is Born.
Chapter 3: 2008-2009. Playing With Fire
Chapter 4: 2010-2011. Talking Dirt
Chapter 5: 2012-2013. Introduction to the Foglights years
Chapter 6: Spring 2013. Solving For X
Chapter 7: Summer 2013. Summer of Fog
Chapter 8: Fall 2013. Foglights Performed
Chapter 9: 2014 -2015. Find A Way
Chapter 10: 2015 & 2017. It's Good 2 Be Young In The Mountains 1 & 2
Chapter 11: 2016-2017. Hurricane Gap, Shew Buddy!, & Life Is Like A Vapor.
Chapter 12: 2017 -2018. Needle Work & the Southeast Kentucky Revitalization Project
Chapter 13: 2019. Perfect Buckets
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