Covering the people ‘Igniting the Spirit of Peace through the Arts’
I’m Michael Barrick of Lenoir, N.C. A West Virginia native, I’ve spent my whole life (well, not yet I haven’t) in Appalachia – except for being trapped in Charlotte, N.C. for six years until I found I-77 and headed north, back home. It’s a long story after that. Which leads me to … if you are interested in stories about Appalachian people working in the creative and performing arts, keep reading!
I have not abandoned hope that we can return our region to one that is at peace, not divided by partisan fanaticism. It is my experience that the best way for that to happen is for the performance and creative arts to thrive. Indeed, they “Ignite the Spirit of Peace.” The arts are the universal language. So, instead of the previous menu of political and news reporting/commentary, I will now be covering Folk and Americana art, music, storytelling, poetry and more.
I also try to do a little something to contribute to the spirit of peace through my vocation, so I offer various workshops (I prefer gatherings). These include “A Community of Writer,s” “Gathering a Family History,” and others. These are ideal for adults and students 14 and older wanting to strengthen their writing and communication skills, whether attending a public, home or private school. To learn more, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.