Appalshop uses cultural organizing and place-based media, arts, and education to advance social justice, environmental sustainability, and economic equity.

Located in the central Appalachian coalfields in Whitesburg, Kentucky, Appalshop’s mission is to enlist the power of art to document, interpret, and revitalize the traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia; to tell stories the commercial cultural industries do not, challenging stereotypes with Appalachian visions and voices; to support communities’ efforts to achieve justice and equity; to promote cultural diversity, pluralism, and human rights as positive social values; and to participate in regional, national, and global movements toward these ends.