There’s a MAMAW Festival Coming to Kentucky and It May Not Be What You Think
If you grew up in Kentucky, there's a strong possibility you are familiar with word "Mamaw". A lot of kids in the Commonwealth use that nickname as a term of endearment for their grandmothers. Well, this summer, MAMAW is taking on a whole new meaning. It's the abbreviated name of a festival that's coming to Harlan County and that festival may not be exactly what you're imagining.
MAMAW stands for Mountains of Appalachian Music Arts and Wellness. The festival is the creation of Higher Ground, a community arts organization that seeks to elevate and celebrate diversity and share a wide variety of community voices and stories. The inaugural MAMAW Fest will do just that.
The brand new, one-day summer event will bring together local artists, vendors, musicians and healthcare providers to celebrate local arts and promote community wellness in Eastern Kentucky.
MAMAW will feature musicians, singers, performance artists, visual artists, storytellers, a variety of artisans vendors, and healthcare professionals, providers and advocates from the area.
According to Higher Ground's social media post, vendor applications will created and posted in the coming weeks. Higher Ground, by the way, is associated with the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. MAMAW Fest is the result of a collaboration between Higher Ground and the following- Arts for EveryBody, Clover Fork Clinic of Evarts and Harlan, Harlan County Fiscal Court and the Harlan County Community Foundations.
If you'd like additional information about the 2024 MAMAW Fest, you can follow the official Facebook page, which just went live.