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We're proud to be selected for the Bloomberg Digital Accelerator program

11 months ago

We are very proud to announce that Appalshop has been selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropy's Digital Accelerator Program.

It's an enormous honor. Only 46 organizations have been invited to take part, all cultural non-profits that adapted our programming digitally during the pandemic.

“When the pandemic hit, cultural organizations everywhere got creative and adapted quickly to keep their virtual doors open,” said Patricia E. Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “Now we’re excited to launch the Accelerator program to help more arts organizations sustain innovations and investments.”

For Appalshop, that will mean working to make our films, radio, theater, and programming of all kinds accessible digitally to folks beyond Eastern Kentucky — as well as to people right here in our region. 

Transportation, for example, was a barrier to taking part in our programming in-person even before COVID hit. We're thrilled to have the chance to deepen our commitment to making the media that we produce accessible.


The Bloomberg Digital Accelerator program will devote $200,000 to programming at Appalshop, and we're in incredible company alongside the other cultural organizations that will take part.

Bloomberg Tech Fellows, who will lead the charge, were selected based on their track record as a change agent within their organizations. That's certainly true of our Tech Fellow: Eric VanHoose was instrumental in getting our digitized films onto Vimeo, where folks can now stream them for less than a dollar. He also supported young people in our Appalachian Media Institute last summer as they produced some of the only reporting on COVID in our region.

"We're proud to participate in the Bloomberg Digital Accelerator program to deepen our community engagement," said Alex Gibson, executive director of Appalshop. "Strengthening our ability to digitally serve rural folks in particular is an important step in Appalshop's stewardship of Appalachian arts and culture."

We can't wait to get started!

More information is available at @appalshop on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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