Speaking Programs

kathy matteaThe unmistakable voice of Grammy Award winner Kathy Mattea explores music’s most basic human essence through timeless melodies and uplifting narratives. Singer, musician, songwriter, public speaker, activist: Mattea’s music and message have taken her to venues across America from Maine to Alaska, and overseas from England to Morocco, from college campuses to capitol buildings, and from festivals to concert halls.

 

Mattea’s music has spoken to millions of people during her 20-plus years as a singer, songwriter, and recording artist. In recent years she has found a growing audience for the words and ideas she has to offer on a variety of issues, ranging from arts education to finding your creative path to global climate change. Often interweaving her message with musical selections, Kathy’s presentations seek to provide her audience with spiritual nourishment: food not only for thought, but also for the soul.

 

A dedicated arts and education advocate, Mattea is also deeply involved in social and environmental activism. She believes that music can influence social change by giving a voice to those who have none. Trained by Al Gore following An Inconvenient Truth, Mattea has traveled the country with her own lecture presentation, My Coal Journey, a reflection on her coal country heritage, her personal experiences as an activist, and her artistic journey. An accomplished speaker, Mattea was chosen to deliver keynote addresses at both the Arts Northwest and Performing Arts Exchange conferences in 2010.

 

"My Coal Journey"

 

Mattea presents “My Coal Journey”, a one-hour program incorporating stories from her family history and her current advocacy for the environment, combined with a Powerpoint slideshow and a performance of songs from her 2008 release, “COAL”.  The presentation traces Kathy’s motivation for beginning the recording project, her research into the musical genre’s history and elemental style, and her family’s ties to coal mining culture in Appalachia, along with discussion of environmental and social justice issues surrounding coal mining methods in today’s world.

 

"The Arts: Remembering Who We Are"

 

Kathy reflects on the role that the arts played in her formative years and career choices, discusses their role in focusing our identity and building our communities, and advocates for increased support and emphasis today and for the future.

 

"Finding Your Path"

 

Mattea tells her story: the journey from college student and amateur folksinger to a successful music career, highlighting a few of the important lessons learned along the way.  The talk is especially helpful for those in search of their own artistic path, including a perspective on some of the nuts-and-bolts experiences that help de-mystify an artistic/spiritual approach to a secular world.

 

Past Speaking Engagements

 

  • July 24-August 2 - “Finding Your Path”, plus vocal master classes Swannanoa Gathering - Asheville NC
  • September 11 - “My Coal Journey” Moss Center/Virginia Tech University - Blacksburg VA
  • January 30, 2014 - "My Coal Journey" - Connecticut College - New London, CT
  • February 10, 2014 - Tallahassee, FL "My Coal Journey" - Florida State University
  • October 22, 2013 - "Finding Your Path" - Ripley HS Auditorium - Ripley, WV
  • October 22, 2013p - "The Arts: Remembering Who We Are" - Armed Forces Reserve Center - Millwood, WV
  • April 2 - Keynote Speech - West Virginia Enhanced 9-1-1 Council - Parkersburg, WV
  • April 25  - "Healing Power of the Arts" keynote address - Health Science Symposium - Bloomsburg University -   Bloomsburg, PA - Haas Center for the Arts
  • 1/30/13 - "The Arts: Remembering Who We Are" - Art Works for Virginia conference - Richmond, VA - Civic Center
  • 1/31/13 - "My Coal Journey" - Penn State University - University Park, PA - Penn Stater Hotel ballroom
  • 11/12/12 - "The Arts: Remembering Who We Are" - Artists-In-Education conference - Johnson City, TN  - E Tenn Univ-Millennium  Ct
  • 10/26/12 - "My Coal Journey" - University of Washington-Seattle - Seattle, WA - Meany Hall
  • 8/23/12 - Storytelling Panel - Climate Reality Project conference - San Francisco, CA - Hyatt Regency
  • 8/21/12 - "My Coal Journey" - Climate Reality Project conference - San Francisco, CA - Hyatt Regency
  • 3/11/12 - Bijou Theater (w/Barbara Kingsolver) - "View from the Mountaintop" - Knoxville, TN
  • 1/27-2/6/12 - Climate Reality Project-Antarctica cruise - Presentation & Panel Discussion - Ushuaia, ARG
  • 11/17/11 - Jefferson Center - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Roanoke, VA
  • 10/21/11 - Natl Assembly of State Arts Agencies conference - Keynote Speech - Charleston, WV - link
  • 7/24-30/11 - Swannanoah Gathering - Vocal Workshop - Asheville, NC
  • 6/11/11 - I Love Mountains rally site - "Save Blair Mtn" speech/performance - Blair Mtn, WV - link
  • 6/08/11 - My Coal Journey, Station Inn, Nashville, TN (at Fan Club blunch) - link
  • 4/15/11 - Charlotte Performing Arts Center - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Charlotte, MI
  • 4/7/11 - Berea College - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Berea, KY
  • 3/16/11 - Miami University - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Hamilton, OH
  • 3/07/11 - Vocal Master Class, Berklee College of Music, Boston
  • 3/8/11 - Berklee School of Music - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Boston, MA
  • 2/26/11 - I Love Mountains Day speech at Kentucky State Capitol - link
  • 11/3/10 - Belmont University - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Nashville, TN
  • 10/30/10 - Annenberg Center - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Philadelphia, PA
  • 10/16/10 - Arts Northwest conference - Keynote Speech - Bellevue, WA
  • 9/30/10 - SouthArts (PAE) conference - Keynote Speech - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 9/23/10 - University of Tennessee-Chattanooga - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Chattanooga, TN
  • 9/10/08 - Kathy teaches at Vanderbilt University class on coal, Nashville, TN - link
  • 7/9/10 - Common Ground Festival - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Westminster, MD
  • 5/20/10 - Movies Save Mountains. Performance, panel discussion following screening of "Coal Country" - link
  • 5/19/10 - Ryman Auditorium - "Music Saves Mountains" event - Nashville, TN
  • 2/17/10 - Moravian College - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Bethlehem, PA
  • 2/11/10 - Kentucky State Capitol - "I Love Mountains Day" speech - Frankfort, KY
  • 1/22/10 - Warren Wilson College - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Asheville, NC
  • 7/26/09 - Swannanoah Gathering - Vocal Workshops - Asheville, NC
  • 6/20/09 - Kathy headlines Mountain Aid 2009 - link
  • 6/13/09 - Kathy Mattea commencement speech at Oregon Institute of Technology - link
  • 5/28/09 - Pennsylvania Arts Presenters conference - Keynote Speech - Pittsburgh, PA
  • 4/22/09 - University of Maryland - Environmental Panel - University Pk, MD
  • 2/20/09 - Folk Alliance - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Memphis, TN
  • 11/10/08 - Frostburg State University - "Our Place, Our People, Our Coal" - Frostburg. MD
  • 11/6/08 - West Virginia Univ-Parkersburg - "My Coal Journey" presentation - Parkersburg, WV
  • 10/26/08 - Ohio Arts Presenters conference - Keynote Speech - Elyria, OH
  • 10/15/08 - Society of Environmental Journalists conference - Panel discussion & performance - Roanoke, VA
  • 10/6/08 - Madison Morgan Cultural Center - Global Warming presentation - Madison, GA
  • 8/8/08 - Orchestra Hall - Global Warming presentation - Lakeside, OH
  • 10/30/07 - North Carolina Conference of Women - Global Warming presentation - Charlotte, N
  • 10/23/07 - St Bartholomew's Church - Global Warming  presentation - New York, NY
  • 8/31-9/2/07 - Songwriting/Vocal Workshop Retreat - Cornwall, Ont, CAN
  • 7/3107 - Monteagle SS Assembly - “Making Beautiful Noise” - Monteagle, TN
  • 7/25/07 - Monteagle SS Assembly - Global Warming presentation - Monteagle, TN
  • 6/21/07 - Nat’l Conference of Attorneys General - Global Warming presentation - Atlanta, GA
  • 6/07 - global warming presentation, Nashville, TN (at Fan Club blunch) - link
  • 4/24/07 - Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council - Keynote Address - Charleston, WV
  • 4/13/07 - Athens Auditorium- Arts Assembly - “Finding Your Path” - Athens, TN
  • 2/16-18/07 - Steelgrass Ranch - Songwriting/Vocal Workshop Retreat - Kauai, HI
  • Jan 2007 - Orem Public Library - Global Warming presentation - Orem, UT
  • Jan 2007 - Eccles Center for the Performing Arts - Global Warming presentation - Park City, UT
  • 12/8/06 - Patel Conservatory- School of Music - “Finding Your Path” - Tampa, FL
  • 12/2/06 - Public Forum- Lakeview H. S. Auditorium - Global Warming presentation - Battle Creek, MI
  • 10/23/06 - Blair School of Music - “Finding Your Path ' - Nashville, TN
  • 10/19/06 - North Carolina Conference for Women - Keynote Speech - Charlotte, NC
  • 9/6/06 - State University of NY-Potsdam - “Finding Your Path” - Potsdam, NY
  • 7/16-21/06 - REO  Resort - Songwriting/Vocal Workshop Retreat - Vancouver, BC
  • 5/18/06 - CAL Summit “Arts in Education" - Keynote Address - Morgantown, WV
  • 4/27/06 - Alzheimer’s Association Gala Fundraiser - Keynote Speech - Fort Worth, TX
  • 11/13/05 - NC Arts Presenters “ArtsMarket” Conference - Keynote Speech - High Point, NC
  • April 2005 - Arts High School - Songwriting/Vocal Workshops - Sisters, OR
  • 3/19/05 - Milan Park Awards Dinner - Keynote Speech - Morgantown, WV
  • April 2004 - Arts High School  - Songwriting/Vocal Workshops - Sisters, OR
  • March 01-07 - Berklee School of Music- Summer Travel Group - Annual Master Class - Nashville, TN
  • 6/8/02 - Americans for the Arts conference - Keynote Speech - Nashville, TN

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