The Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) is pleased to announce Shawn Lind as the Program Coordinator for Minds to Minds– a digital certification program in partnership with Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. Shawn, a graduate of Ohio University, has been working with Appalshop as a filmmaker and archivist since 2005. His first major production, “From Wood to Singing Guitar,” had its premier at Appalshop’s annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival. The film has since been broadcast nationally on PBS and in numerous film festivals. Shawn’s current productions include a documentary about regional blacksmiths (“Sharper Than Fire”) and a character-driven documentary featuring a range of artists and innovative multimedia production techniques. In recognition of artistic excellence, Shawn Lind received the 2012 Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council.
We are thrilled to have Shawn at the forefront of AMI’s newest initiative to unite Appalshop’s media experience with high-tech workforce development and education. In 2017, AMI will launch the Mines to Minds certification program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College, alongside a series of free public workshops in Appalshop’s newly renovated digital classroom. Over the coming months, Shawn will work closely with regional and national employers to develop a curriculum focused on the skills their workforce will need to transition into digital management, storage and communications. These skills include web development and design, print media, social media, radio production, television advertising, inbound multimedia marketing solutions, information technology and network infrastructure, and cloud-based software development and deployment. Shawn’s goal is to meet immediate and long-term workforce needs for technology and media skills by leveraging Appalshop’s assets and its deep regional experience.
Shawn has always regarded education as an essential part of his work, from showcasing the skills of luthier Wayne Henderson, to illustrating the fundamental role of blacksmithing throughout history. He believes there is knowledge to be gained in all facets of life and looks forward to sharing new tools and pathways for learning. Welcome to the AMI team, Shawn!