Brushy Fork Annual Institute

2016 Annual Institute: September 20-23


The Brushy Fork Annual Institute is Appalachia’s premier skill building and networking event hosted each September on the campus of Berea College, just off I-75 in Central Kentucky.

Our event brings together community and non-profit leaders, entrepreneurs, elected officials, students and educators, citizen activists, artists, volunteers, and grassroots practitioners from all across Appalachia to work and learn together.

This year’s theme is focused on participation, prosperity, and potential. Building on this theme, our track sessions will emphasize the values of inclusion, collaboration, nurturing creativity, and expanding leadership.

This pivotal moment in Appalachia’s history poses some challenging questions for us all:

  • How might we harness our collective knowledge, creativity, and entrepreneurship to build a thriving region?
  • How might we best cultivate next generation leadership and what roles will our youth play as innovators, workers, and future leaders?
  • How might we expand participation and ownership in communities to promote meaningful engagement, create economic resilience, and cultivate shared prosperity?
  • How might we build communities of opportunity for all of our regional residents?

The answers to such questions will determine our regional future. We invite you to envision this future with us.

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