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Kathy Neall Joins Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Staff
Kathy Neall has joined the staff of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership as Finance and Administrative Manager. Her duties will include managing the financial aspects of the organization, organizing and maintaining administrative functions, and assisting with human resources tasks.
 
A Certified Public Accountant, Kathy has provided extensive private and public accounting services to nonprofits, governmental organizations, and businesses, including tax, audit and consulting work.
 
Between 2006 and 2013 she served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Senior Vice President of Finance and Grants for the Western North Carolina Regional Economic Development Commission (AdvantageWest). Since then, she has provided contract accounting services to various governmental and non-profit organizations.
 
She and her husband are co-owners and managers of Veriquant, LLC, a software development company which focuses on medical practice management products. Her phone number at BRNHA is 828-298-5330, ext. 312, and email is kathy@blueridgeheritage.com.
Southern Highland Craft Guild Launches New Brand
After undergoing an extensive eight-month rebranding process, the 86-year-old Southern Highland Craft Guild has released a new logo and supporting messaging. 
 
The key feature of the rebranding is a new logo, which incorporates historical imagery to highlight the unique story of the Guild's inception. A cabin among the pines is where founder Frances Goodrich established Allanstand Cottage Industries in 1899. The last update to the organization's logo was in 1997.
 
The Guild’s new look will roll out over several months through the organization’s website, signage, advertising, and brochures. Starting in 2017, there will be a push towards membership recruitment to invite makers and educational centers to utilize the creative benefits and opportunities of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
 
Though the organization will keep its name, the four retail shops will change their names to align with the Guild brand; Southern Highland Craft Guild in Biltmore Village, Southern Highland Craft Guild at the Folk Art Center, Southern Highland Craft Guild on Tunnel Road, and Southern Highland Craft Guild at Moses Cone Manor.
 
The 86-year-old nonprofit organization boasts over 850 members from 293 counties that span the mountains from Maryland to Alabama. Membership in the Guild is open to makers in eleven different craft media: clay, glass, wood, fiber, metal, leather, natural materials, paper, jewelry, manmade materials, and mixed media. An updated mission statement clearly defines the Guild’s relevance to the creative community today: Cultivating the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands for the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing, and conservation. 
 
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Clay County and Hayesville Take Top Honors
Hayesville and Clay County recently won several “firsts” in the Blue Ridge Outdoors “Best of the Blue Ridge” contest:
Cherokee Heritage Festival
Looking ahead in 2017, the Seventh Annual Cherokee Heritage Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, from 10 am-3 pm at the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit in Hayesville. The event features Cherokee artisans, musicians, demonstrators and dancers, and art activities for children of all ages. Cherokee food will be available from Reed Frybread.
 
Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition will provide activities and walks through the Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary. Visitors are invited to explore other sites along the two-mile Quanassee Path: A Cherokee History Trail, while they are in Hayesville.
 
Photo from the Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association. 
Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School Among Nominees
Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School is among six North Carolina Rosenwald schools to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places as part of a $70,000 Underrepresented Community Grant (URC) from the National Park Service to the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.
 
The URC grant program provides funds to state, tribal, and local governments to survey and designate communities that are underrepresented in the National Register. These schools reflect the historic significance to North Carolina's African American community and span the state of North Carolina representing the eastern, southeastern, central, and western regions.
 
The 100-year-old school is undergoing renovation with support provided by Madison County Schools, Mars Hill College, and the dedication of the Historic Anderson Rosenwald Rehabilitation Project committee. Grants are being sought to help preserve the school and return it to an active role at the center of the community.
 
In addition to the Mars Hill school, other Rosenwald Schools to be nominated include Allen Grove School, Bladen County Training School, Canetuck School, Castalia School, and Concord School. All of the nominations will be prepared in 2017 and reviewed before spring 2018.
 
Painting of the school building by Charity Ray.
Jan Davidson Retiring from John C. Campbell Folk School
Jan Davidson, award-winning executive director of the John C. Campbell Folk School, is retiring effective March 1, 2017, after a 25-year career with the organization.
 
The John C. Campbell Folk School was founded in 1925 by progressive educators Olive Dame Campbell and Marguerite Butler, and provides enriching experiences in non-competitive learning and community life.
 
Davidson has been the catalyst for the school evolving from a seasonal crafts school to a true year-round folk school.  An accomplished writer, musician and speaker, Davidson embodied the ideals of the school when he came on board in 1992. Under his leadership the school has more than doubled its enrollment—from 2,500 students to 6,000 annually—and has become a year-round institution, increasing classes from 150 to 864 offerings each year.
 
 
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Limited Quantities Left—Get Your Keepsake 2017 NC Blue Ridge Waterfalls Calendar Today!
Very few are left in stock, so don't delay! Get this unique keepsake calendar for 2017 and support the work of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership!
 
Photographed and produced by Mark File, owner of RomanticAsheville.com, each month features a seasonal waterfall photo, plus there are 365 things to do in the North Carolina mountains and foothills, one for every day of the year.
 
Due to Mark's generosity and his commitment to supporting the BRNHA mission, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the calendars ($10 each) benefits the work of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.
 
Calendars are now available at:
Announcing New South Arts Awards
Visual artists in North Carolina and eight other southern states are invited to make application for the South Arts State Fellowships and Southern Prize. South Arts is a regional arts organization which provides grants, programs and services to artists and arts organizations in the southern United States.
 
The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program will be open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. This inaugural program is open only to visual artists and will expand to other disciplines in the future. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. 
 
South Arts State Fellowships: $5,000
The South Arts State Fellowship is a state-specific prize awarded to the artists whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. A review panel will select one winner per eligible state, with artistic excellence being the sole criterion. A total of nine fellowships will be awarded. Each will be awarded a $5,000 South Arts State Fellowship and will compete for one of the two South Arts Prizes. State Fellowship recipients will be required to attend an awards ceremony.
 
South Arts Southern Prize: $25,000 and $10,000
The nine State Fellowship recipients will compete for the South Arts Southern Prize. The $25,000 Southern Prize will be awarded to the artist whose work exhibits the highest artistic excellence, and one finalist will be awarded a $10,000 Prize, also based on artistic excellence. The Southern Prize winner will also receive a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. A national panel will convene to evaluate the body of work represented by the nine State Fellowship recipients and select the Prize winner and Finalist. Winners of the South Arts Prize will be announced at the awards ceremony.
 
An exhibition of works by the State Fellowship winners may be organized during the award period.
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