6 complete Community Fellow training at Bowling Green

FRANKFURT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The 2022 cohort of Kentucky Arts Council Community Fellows has completed their training, focusing on creating a new exhibit exploring the stories of Jonesville, a black community that once existed on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

The Community Scholars program trains members of a community to document, interpret, and disseminate their unique local cultural resources and traditional art forms. The training consists of multiple sessions and takes place each year in a different community across the state.

The six Community Fellows – Alice Gatewood-Waddell, Dr John Conley, Lamont Jack Pearley and Josh Niedwick, all of Bowling Green; David Greer of Oakland; and Alonzo Webb of Glasgow – trained in May and June under facilitators from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Museum, the African American Museum, the Kentucky Folklife Program and the WKU Folk Studies Department. Participants studied the archives and history of the Jonesville neighborhood and collected new interviews with residents to help tell its story. The exhibit, which will feature highlights of the research and interviews, will open at the Kentucky Museum later this year.

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