"A Moment in the Mountains" invites you to join acclaimed photographers Nona Faustine, Renee Cox, and Justine Kurland, along with poet Pamela Sneed, as they share their stories, experiences, and work, sparking conversations and connections. Together sharing moments, they aim to build an empowered and diverse community that reclaims the right to walk and enjoy parts of our country they may not have explored before.
Taking place in the beloved Appalachian town of
at the entrance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, attendees can expect to enjoy presentations of work, panel discussions, intimate roundtable conversations, trips within the national park for poetry readings, shared meals, and opportunities to visit local artists' studios.
Educating and preserving culture since 1912,
hosts this one of a kind summit of the soul
Out of town Guests are offered an opportunity to experience a new level of Appalachian Hospitality at newly transformed:
-A complimentary welcome drink at the Heirloom Room
-Discounts on Lodging
PLEASE NOTE SPACE IS LIMITED AND ADDITIONAL SIGN UPS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL "IN FOCUS SESSIONS" AND "ROUNDTABLES"
**LIMITED AVAILABILITY TO DAYBREAK POETRY READINGS AND ADDITIONAL $15 PER SESSION
For those staying at the recommended host property, the newly imagined Rocky Water Motor Inn, check-in is as easy as it is when you just check in.
All others can check in at the Heirloom Room, located adjacent to the hotel, from 1-5 pm.
IN FOCUS: JUSTINE KURLAND
Justine Kurland is an artist known for her utopian photographs of American landscapes and the fringe communities, both real and imagined, that inhabit them. Her work counters the masculinist mythology of the American landscape, offering a radical female imaginary in its place. Her recent series of collages, SCUMB Manifesto, continues to make space for women by transforming books by canonized male photographers into a new feminist form. She will share her process and is open to questions and discussion.4-5:30 pm
No one can deny that artistic inspiration comes in many ways. In Appalachia, we take credit for being responsible for 25-50% of all great art created in this country, as our spirits are legendary producers of creativity and inspiration. The Heirloom Room invites all weekend registrants to enjoy a complimentary cup of inspiration.
IN FOCUS WITH:
Nona invites all into her journey as an artist, mother, sister, and black women, as the acclaimed artist explores her work and examines subjects like equality,the body, identity and history.
Nona's work is part of the permanent collections of The Studio Museum of Harlem, the Brooklyn Museum, the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, andDriskell Center at Maryland State University.
9:15 - 10:45
IN FOCUS WITH:
The Jamaican-American artist, lecturer, and activist will be sharing select works that represent a chronological voyage through her evolution as an artist and the impact her work has had as change-making statements about today's society, including racism and misogyny. Consistently pushing boundaries, Rene's work has been on view at The Brooklyn Museum, Mana Contemporary, The Perez Art Museum, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and other notable institutions.
Pamela Sneed will lead a panel discussion featuring Nona Faustine, Renee Cox, and Justine Kurland on the artists' relationship with nature. They will explore ideas about what the term 'Great Outdoors' means for them now and what it has meant at other times in their lives.
Space is limited to 25 people. A shuttle will pick up attendees at the Heirloom Room at 5:00pm. The reading will take place half a mile away from the shuttle drop-off point.
The Day is Done Poetry Reading
Pamela will be sharing her groundbreaking, life-provoking words of strength, anger, disappointment, determination, community, and compassion at the Clingmans Observatory, one of the most beloved spots in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sneed has worked with the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project, The High Line, the New Museum, and the Toronto Biennale. She appears in Nikki Giovanni’s 'The 100 Best African American Poems,' and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.
5pm - 8pm an additional $15 pp
Each of our special guests will have a sit-down with a group of no more than 20 for an open conversation that organically unfolds. This is where you will be reminded that you are part of the conversation. It's as much your moment as anyone else's.
9:30 - 10;30am
As the weekend nears its end, some closing thoughts and remarks are shared by both Nona Faustine and Trudy Hughes, the Executive Director of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
VIST THE STUDIO AND MEET SEVERAL OF THE ARTISTS PART OF ARROWMONT’S RESIDENCY VISITORS INTO THEIR STUDIOS TO EXPERIENCE THEIR WORK.
See Our Work
Space is limited to 25,Shuttle will pick up at the Heirloom Room at 6:30 am.The gravesite is about a 53 minute dirve and particiapants should plan to arrive back in Gatlinburg at 9:30
Marking the End Poetry Reading at the Enleo Slave Graveyard.
As we honor those who's names are not known,yet lives never forgotten, we meet local Affrolachin poets for a selection of readings inspired by notions of perseverance, action, community and nature.
12:30pm - 4pm an additional $15 pp
amomentin the mountains
The Rocky Water Motor Inn
Pigeon Forge, TN
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This is just a spark. The hope is it will start a chain reaction of moments in meadows and other mountains across America. We are committed to keep walking in places that are new and talking to those who have never heard our voices.