Meet Nicole Musgrave

Nicole Musgrave
Traditional Arts VISTA

Nicole was raised in central Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with degrees in Folklore and International Business. After college, she moved to the southern Ohio hills of Chillicothe, where she became immersed in a community of Appalachian musicians and artists, and spent several years developing her own creative practices around music and textile arts.

In May 2018, Nicole graduated from Western Kentucky University with her Master of Arts in Folk Studies, with an emphasis on public folklore, foodways & health, newcomer communities, Appalachian culture, and multimedia documentation & production.  During her time at WKU, she worked as the graduate assistant for the Kentucky Folklife Program, where she assisted with writing grants, coordinating and executing public programming, teaching a course for high school students, and overseeing media outreach. She also served on the committee for the Bowling Green Bosnia Oral History Project, where she documented the city’s Bosnian community, co-wrote text for a National Endowment for the Arts-funded museum exhibit, and created an expanded digital version of the exhibit.  In 2017 and 2018, Nicole served as the regional host coordinator for the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX), organizing two weekend-long community intensives for RUX members to experience the cultures and geographies of southcentral Kentucky.

Outside of her work at Hindman Settlement School, her current projects include leading an NEA-funded initiative for the Kentucky Folklife Program to develop a Kentucky Folklife Network and a digital state folklife magazine, and documenting the stories of “Culture of Recovery” participants, a program at the Appalachian Artisan Center that provides opportunities for artistic expression and skill-building to those in local substance abuse recovery programs in Hindman, Kentucky.  In her free time, Nicole enjoys traipsing through the woods, teaching yoga, playing music, and working on various art projects.

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