Appalshop is a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center in the heart of Appalachia. It seeks to enlist the power of education, media, theater, music, and other arts to tell stories the commercial cultural industries don’t tell, challenging stereotypes about Appalachia by documenting, disseminating, and revitalizing the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of the area. Appalshop’s education and training programs support the efforts of Appalachian communities to solve their own problems in a just and equitable way. Appalshop is dedicated to the proposition that the world is immeasurably enriched when local cultures garner the resources, including new technologies, to tell their own stories and listen to the unique stories of others. The creative acts of listening and telling are the organization’s core competency. Each year, Appalshop productions and services reach several million people nationally and internationally.