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Appalshop, a nonprofit organization that tells the stories of the people in its community, has been chosen as a finalist for The Atlantic’s 2019 Renewal Awards.
The Renewal Awards is dedicated to honoring those organizations that have worked to develop change in their community by bringing progress throughout the country. A total of 15 nonprofits were named as finalists for the award out of nearly 9,300 nominations.
Appalshop was chosen as a finalist for the progress it has made to give residents of Kentucky a voice for the last 50 years. The organization helps to connect people with their vision through the insight of others. By using the power of arts and culture, Appalshop creates social and economic change throughout the community.
The organization helps those that are underrepresented by sharing their stories to celebrate cultural diversity while challenging the stereotypes that exist today. It supports grassroots movements that are looking for an outlet to share their vision with the community. The stories that Appalshop shares help to encourage others through justice and equity by driving policy and the actions of people in the community.
The fourth annual Renewal Awards will name the five winners of the award on April 3 in New York City at The Atlantic’s Renewal Summit. A $20,000 grant will be awarded to each winner from Allstate – the sponsor of the event. Public voting is now open and will run through March 1.
“Allstate makes The Renewal Awards possible because we know good ideas start at the local level, and there are many creative ways to drive positive change in communities,” said Stacy Sharpe, Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations, Allstate told the Kentucky Business Daily.
“We also know from the vast number of applicants that the need is great—but so too is the creativity and diversity among changemakers across the country. We are proud to support the organizations and individuals working hard to make their neighborhoods stronger.”