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Founder and Director of LCAAHC Wayne Riley receives grant from the Appalachian Food Summit

*NEWS* We are pleased to announce the 2022 recipients of our 2 new fellowship programs! In this inaugural year, AFS is awarding 3 Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellowships and 1 Mountain Foodways Media Fellowship to outstanding foodways practitioners and media makers in the region. The new Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellowships are intended to honor, celebrate,

and support foodways tradition bearers and practitioners in Central Appalachia who have made significant and long-term contributions to sustaining and supporting the foodways heritage of their respective communities. The 2022 Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellows are: ● Yawah Awolowo of Knoxville, TN, a culinary artist, community activist, and vegetarian/vegan chef ● Travis and Rebecka Fugate of Emmalena, KY, the owners and operators of Good For Your Heart Farms in Eastern Kentucky and passionate foodways practitioners. Wayne Riley of London, KY, the founder and director of Kentucky’s Laurel County African American Heritage Center Inc., an organization committed to conserving the traditions and legacy of the local African American community A monetary award of $4,000 will support the ongoing community-based work of the awardees. The fellows will be honored at an upcoming Appalachian Food Summit event. For more information on the practitioner fellows visit: The new Mountain Foodways Media Fellowships support the work of journalists, writers, and media producers with roots in and respect for Appalachia to report a longform journalistic article or media project that explores some aspect of food culture or production in the region. The 2022 Mountain Foodways Media Fellow is Marlyn McClendon of Hillsboro, WV, for the photo documentary Shiku, which will explore how Korean women who relocate to West Virginia––often after marrying U.S. military servicemen––find community, alleviate cultural isolation, and maintain ancestral connections through time-honored culinary traditions. A monetary award of $2,000 will support the fellow’s work. For more information on the media fellow visit: The Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellowships are made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Central Appalachia Living Traditions program and the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky. The Mountain Foodways Media Fellowships are made possible by the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky. For more information on the Appalachian Food Summit’s fellowship program, visit:

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