Demos and dinner, skill sharing, discussions and networking, places to speak out and spots to get away… Here is an overview of what to expect.

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Thursday, May 31


Getting Unstuck is a workshop for meeting leaders who want to grow their skills in helping their groups make decisions. $50 additional fee to attend. Find out more »

10:30am – 12pm: Bonus Event – Create Your State Convening

Join organizer and creative placemaker Lori McKinney for a convening of Create Your State alumni and others interesting in building up their communities with arts and culture. Included with general admission fee. 

11:30am – 12pm: Yoga

  • 12:30-1:15 | Welcome + Remarks
  • 1:30-3 | Narrative Stage: WV Folklife Program Master Artists Showcase (Moderator: Emily Hilliard)
  • 1:30-3 | #AlmostHeaven: Making the Most of Your Destination (Moderator: Alisa Bailey)
  • 1:30-3 | The State of the State of West Virginia Journalism (Moderator: Doug Imbrogno)
  • 1:30-5 | Tackling Redevelopment Challenges in Rural Communities (Moderator: Rural Support Partners)
  • 3:30-5 | Listen In: Shared Experiences from the WV Podcasting Community (Moderator: Roxy Todd)
  • 3:30-5 | Nonprofits and Private Businesses: Partners in Revitalization (Moderator: Jake Dougherty)
  • 3:30-5 | Community Philanthropy: West Virginia’s Best Story and Partner (Moderator: Paul Daugherty)
  • 3:30-5 | Youth Caucus with STAY (Moderator: The STAY Project)
  • 3:30 | Herb Walk (Host: Karen Vaneck)

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6pm – 9pm: Bonus Event – Alderson Night Out

Wander through a pop up market, enjoy live music, and take part in a Boss Babes WV event in Alderson. Included with general admission fee. Find out more »

6pm: Bonus Event – Heritage Foods Dinner

Chefs Mike Costello and Amy Dawson of Lost Creek Farm are bringing their traveling kitchen to Alderson to serve local heritage foods with a side of history. $100 additional fee to attend. Find out more »

Friday, June 1

8am – 9am: Yoga

9am – 4pm: New Story Sessions
  • 9-12 | Next Generation Problem Solvers (Moderator: Debbie Elmore)
  • 9-10:30 | After the Pitch… What Comes Next?: Success After Business Competitions (Moderator: Carrie White)
  • 9-10:30 | Libraries as a Community Resource (Moderator: Sarah Palfrey)
  • 9-10:30 | Policy for the People: Strategies for Action (Moderator: Taylor Bennett)
  • 11-12:30 | Liability to Opportunity: Creative Uses of AML Funds in WV (Moderator: Eric Dixon)
  • 11-12:30 | Experiences from the Field: Making the Most of Fellowships in WV (Moderator: Brittany Carowick)
  • 11:30-1 | Across the Blue Mountains to the Allegheny (Moderators: Mike and Carrie Kline)
  • 1-2:30 |The State of the Art Film and Filmmakers in West Virginia (Moderator: Jason Young)
  • 1-2:30 | How to Run a Successful Crowd-Sourced Fundraising Campaign for your Community Project (Moderator: Katey Lauer)
  • 1-2:30 | Building Place Through Food: Spotlighting Local Food Business (Moderator: Spencer Moss)
  • 3-4:30 | Clio: Using an App to Put Your Community History on the Map
  • 3-4:30 | Building Place Through Food: Community-Driven Change (Moderator: Courtney Boyd)
  • 3-4:30 | West Virginia Photographers Roundtable (Moderator: Kristian Thacker)

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