Marie T. Cochran

Artist + Curator + Writer + Cultural Pollinator + Daughter of Affrilachia

Marie T. Cochran

Artist + Curator + Writer + Cultural Pollinator + Daughter of Affrilachia

Affrilachia cannot be located on a map. Yet it is manifest, in writers’ words, the sounds of musicians, visual art, and the creative network we continue to build.

I Pledge Allegiance To Affrilachia

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Marie T. Cochran

Marie T. Cochran is a native of Toccoa, GA in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. She is the founding curator of the Affrilachian Artist Project, which celebrates the intersection of cultures in Appalachia and nurtures a network of individuals and organizations committed to the sustainability of a diverse region. As a visual artist, Cochran creates mixed media pieces that address community history and are often grounded in interdisciplinary dialogues focused on social justice. She has exhibited extensively throughout the Southeast and nationally. Cochran received degrees from the University of Georgia (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). She has been an art faculty member at colleges in Georgia, New Jersey, Maryland, and North Carolina. 2020-2022 Cochran was named the Lehman Brady Visiting Professor in Documentary Studies at Duke University and American Studies and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

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Marie T. Cochran

Marie T. Cochran is a native of Toccoa, GA in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. She is the founding curator of the Affrilachian Artist Project, which celebrates the intersection of cultures in Appalachia and nurtures a network of individuals and organizations committed to the sustainability of a diverse region. As a visual artist, Cochran creates mixed media pieces that address community history and are often grounded in interdisciplinary dialogues focused on social justice. She has exhibited extensively throughout the Southeast and nationally. Cochran received degrees from the University of Georgia (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). She has been an art faculty member at colleges in Georgia, New Jersey, Maryland, and North Carolina. 2020-2022 Cochran was named the Lehman Brady Visiting Professor in Documentary Studies at Duke University and American Studies and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

The Black Appalachian Coalition

BLAC Re-Membering podcast has launched!

Welcome to Episode 7, “Black Spaces Matter.” This episode is hosted by BLAC podcast fellow Marie Cochran who is joined by Nicole Doyle, Co-founder of the Georgia Black Home Educators Network, and Kelle Jolly, Artist, and Musician.

 
In this episode, Marie interviews Nicole, and Kelle as they share their early memories of Black spaces that have shaped their journey. They all reflect on the importance of storytelling in learning and sharing of Black History. Finally, they discuss why Black Appalachian communities must create our own paths and write our own narratives in order to create spaces that are truly for us.

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2024 Upcoming Events

2024 Juneteenth In Appalachia

BLAC has compiled a quick backgrounder and a list of Juneteenth celebrations in Appalachia.  

2024 Juneteenth In Appalachia

BLAC has compiled a quick backgrounder and a list of Juneteenth celebrations in Appalachia.  

2024 Juneteenth In Appalachia

BLAC has compiled a quick backgrounder and a list of Juneteenth celebrations in Appalachia.  

Black History Month Program Speaker

Black Art as Reclamation: an Athens Story

Sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History 
(ASALH Athens branch)
Athens-Clarke County Public Library 
Sunday, February 18, 3:00-5:00 pm 

47th Annual Appalachian Studies 

Association Conference at Western Carolina University Beloved Community: Pride in Identity, Culture, and Geography

March 7-9, 2024

2024 Lillian Lynch Citation

Recipient GA Museum of Art, UGA campus 

Friday, March 22, 5:30 – 6:30pm

The Joy of Making: Artistry, Handicrafts, and Creativity in a Digital Age

Featured Speaker for the Annual Summer Gathering sponsored by the Charlotte Mason Institute
Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, KY
July 25-27, 2024

Juneteenth Faith & Freedom

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Uncover what actually happened on June 19, 1865 and how it can inform us today.

Victoria Casey-McDonald 

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80th Memorials Birthday Celebration: Stories and Memories from a life in Western NC

Art and Poetry Showcase

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2023 Art and Poetry Showcase Black History Month

Deem Distinguished Visiting Artist

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West Virginia University School of Art & Design

46th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference

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Traveling the Jagged Path: Stories from the Creative African Diaspora in Appalachia.

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