Higher Ground is a community performance project based in Harlan County, Kentucky. Since 2003, Higher Ground has produced eight original pieces of musical storytelling theater. All have been about our lives here in Harlan County. Over three hundred community members have been in the cast and crew of Higher Ground productions. What began as a one-off theatrical response to the opioid crisis has grown into a community organization that has addressed not only drug abuse but outmigration, hope and hard times in the local economy, race, the environment, and many other topics. We’ve sung songs, told funny stories, been all over the place, and generally had a pretty good time. In June 2020, Higher Ground will welcome three new staff members. In anticipation of that happy day, Higher Ground is looking back with a series of posts telling its story. These posts will be linked to the Higher Ground Facebook page with photos and space for cast and audience members to comment and add photos of their own. All are welcome to participate in the telling of this story.
Other posts in Higher Ground: A History.
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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