Defining the Arts in a Regional Context

Dr. Roberta Herrin
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Regions are defined initially by geographic boundaries, but geographic markers quickly take second place to cultural and ethnic markers, which include music, literature, and art. More particularly, regionalism is identified with folk traditions in dance, music, and narrative. In regions of the United States, such as Appalachia, these traditions provide a strong economic and tourism base and frequently provide a core around which communities—especially rural communities—can rally to create a sense of identity and capture tourism dollars. Unfortunately, the visual arts are usually excluded in this enterprise because they defy regional labels and because civic and community agencies find it easier to focus on the traditional art forms. This presentation will examine efforts by two museums to include the visual arts as defining markers of the Appalachian region: The Cincinnati Art Museum, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the B. Carroll Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Keywords: Regional Arts, Community, Fine Arts, Tourism, Community Development
Stream: Art in Communities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Roberta Herrin

Director, Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, East Tennessee State University

Roberta T. Herrin is a native Appalachian, who earned the B.S. and the Master of Arts in English from East Tennessee State University and the Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee. She has taught a wide range of courses, including Appalachian literature and children’s literature, with a research emphasis in Appalachian children’s literature. She is past president of the Appalachian Studies Association and past chair of the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Consortium. From 1995 to 2004, she served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School at ETSU, and is currently the director of the Center for Appalachia Studies and Services at ETSU. In 1998 she won the Cratis Williams/James Brown Service Award of the Appalachian Studies Association.

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