A happy thing: 
 I recently accepted a position as Education/Program Assistant for a rural arts center in Floyd, Virginia. In two weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to work with local schools, businesses, artists, musicians, children, other non-profit organizations and senior citizens doing a wide expanse of things to make the arts more accessible in this small, geographically isolated, but highly creative community. The decision to return to the Appalachian region after leaving in search of better opportunities is a relevant and widespread issue in this area, and while I’d like to say I love this region enough that I didn’t have to think twice about pursuing work here..it was a difficult decision. What we are doing here is much different than the world of high art that I was encouraged to pursue during my education, but for now, in the rank of things that are important, this is where I am. I have no idea where it will lead, but it has already cracked open another door to personal work that I’ve been trying to make for long time. I hope to stay connected to all of the talented people I’ve met that are scattered over different cities, and continue to participate (from afar) in exhibitions and different dialogues (stay tuned!). The last couple weeks I’ve woken up and understood how important it is to be present, somewhere, and I think ‘this must be the place.’

A happy thing:

I recently accepted a position as Education/Program Assistant for a rural arts center in Floyd, Virginia. In two weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to work with local schools, businesses, artists, musicians, children, other non-profit organizations and senior citizens doing a wide expanse of things to make the arts more accessible in this small, geographically isolated, but highly creative community. The decision to return to the Appalachian region after leaving in search of better opportunities is a relevant and widespread issue in this area, and while I’d like to say I love this region enough that I didn’t have to think twice about pursuing work here..it was a difficult decision. What we are doing here is much different than the world of high art that I was encouraged to pursue during my education, but for now, in the rank of things that are important, this is where I am. I have no idea where it will lead, but it has already cracked open another door to personal work that I’ve been trying to make for long time. I hope to stay connected to all of the talented people I’ve met that are scattered over different cities, and continue to participate (from afar) in exhibitions and different dialogues (stay tuned!). The last couple weeks I’ve woken up and understood how important it is to be present, somewhere, and I think ‘this must be the place.’

marcie hancockappalachia, soapbox