Reclaim Appalachia

Coalfield Development Corporation

Funding Received: 2014
Huntington, WV
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

Huntington, WV functions as a quasi-urban center of opportunity for this rural Appalachian region. The Coalfield Development Corporation has taken site control of a former factory and has proposed repurposing the abandoned space as a creative hub for community gathering and engagement, on-the-job training in craft work utilizing reclaimed materials, and live-work space for artists, artisans, and creative small business incubation.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Mar 27, 2017
Danny Ferguson didn’t like what he saw happening in Lincoln County, West Virginia, where he grew up. The downturn in the coal industry had hit... Read More
Jan 17, 2016
Brandon Dennison, 29, co-founder and executive director of the Coalfield Development Corp., has been named to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of "40 Under 40:... Read More
Jan 5, 2016
His answer was the Coalfield Development Corporation, a nonprofit that trains people to demolish, build, and rehabilitate homes and buildings in southern West Virginia. Participants... Read More
Dec 14, 2015
As America turns to cleaner sources of energy, the coal industry is drying up. And West Virginia, whose economy depended on the coal industry, is... Read More
Back in 2014 we partnered with The Coalfield Development Corporation in Huntington, WV. This area functions as a quasi-urban center of opportunity for this rural...Read more
The mission statement of Coalfield Development is “We believe in developing the potential of Appalachian places and people as they experience challenging moments of economic...Read more
Those who have been following ArtPlace’s progress closely know that we talk about our work as investing in arts-based strategies to help achieve place-based outcomes...Read more