Back to the Creek Week
Each year, Women of Vision hosts Back to the Creek Week; this annual event is an opportunity for Women of Vision members and supports to gather at Carson-Newman University for a few days of intense volunteer work. Usually held the second week of July, volunteers spend a concentrated amount of time on one of the larger Women of Vision-funded projects for that particular year.
Back to the Creek Week 2014
The Back to the Creek Week 2014 project is the Appalachian Center, which has been approved for extensive cosmetic renovation. The Appalachian Center, located at the intersection of King and George Street when you visit campus through the main entrance, opened in 1988 and serves as an educational hub for Appalachian culture, history, and exhibits for Carson-Newman and the community at-large. In the past, the Center has included art and photography exhibits, folk art and craft programs, regional heritage demonstrations, book and poetry readings, as well as musical events.
The Appalachian Center's mission is to foster and celebrate Appalachian culture; one way the Center does this is by hosting four events each semester. Recent programs include:
--An Evening with Artress Bethany White: Poetry reading and book signing
--An Evening with Wayne Caldwell: Reading and book signing, Cataloochee and Requiem by Fire
--Outstanding Educational Service to Appalachia Award: Mr. Bill May, Executive Director ofArrowmont
--Ampersand Celebration: Wednesday, April 23, 4:00 p.m.
During Back to the Creek Week 2014, Women of Vision members and supporters will be volunteering their time to renovate the space utilized within the Appalachian Center for events, exhibits, and receptions. Below are a few "before" photographs of the space to be renovated. Be sure to check back mid-July for our "after" photographs!