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Coal Country

Opening Reception

William King Museum of ArtMany towns in the southern Appalachian region were built on the back of coal. Generations of miners tunneled their way into the mountainsides of Appalachia, digging ever deeper in search of those rich seams of shining black running through the rock. Wherever those deposits were found, communities sprang up around them, built by the companies that owned the mines. These company towns, or coal camps, were entirely self-sufficient, complete with company houses, company stores, hospitals, churches, dance halls, even marching bands and baseball teams. Coal Country examines the rich history and culture of coal in Southwest Virginia through the stories of the coal companies, the mines and towns they built, and the people who called those towns home.

Download the complete Spring 2018 Arts Array Program at www.vhcc.edu/ArtsArray.

  • All Arts Array activities are free for the faculty, staff and students of Virginia Highlands Community College.
  • Staff members and students of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, including participants in the College for Older Adults who purchase an Arts Array pass, may attend all films and concerts in the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert series at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church for free.
  • All films are free for students and staff members of Emory & Henry College and King University.

For additional information about the Arts Array, please contact Tommy Bryant tbryant@vhcc.edu (276) 739-2451 regarding film and drama events and Mary Munsey mmunsey@vhcc.edu (276) 739-2454 regarding concerts

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