August 1, 2013 | Category: | Author:

Nick Szuberla

staff-photo-nickNick Szuberla, Executive Director and co-founder. Nick has helped design and lead national public information campaigns on a range of issues, including sentencing reform and U.S. energy policy. He began his work at the Highlander Research and Education Center in 1996, and then joined Appalshop, an arts and cultural center in Whitesburg, Kentucky devoted to exploring life and social issues in Appalachia. Not long after, Nick founded Holler to the Hood (a multimedia project exploring urban/rural relationships), Thousand Kites (a national dialogue project addressing the U.S. criminal justice system) and Calls from Home (an interactive radio and organizing project). Nick is credited with creating a new music genre called “Hill-hop.” He has produced award winning documentary films, radio series, and multimedia productions.  He has also trained hundreds of youth and adults in how to use low-cost media as an organizing tool, and has done artist residencies in 38 states. In his capacity at Working Narratives and its project Nation Inside, he co-led a campaign in 2013 that resulted in the Federal Communications Commission regulating the cost of prison phone calls, helping to save prisoner families millions of dollars in burdensome charges. Nick has been awarded individual and project grants from the Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others, and is also a recipient of fellowships from Creative Capital, Theater Communications Group, and the Kentucky Arts Council. Additionally, he serves on the board for the Center for Media Justice. He is a graduate of Antioch College.