October 11-13 

Princeton, WV

The CYS convening is a first-of-a-kind weekend for CYS alumni and others innovating in creative place-making and community revitalization in West Virginia. 

Experience firsthand the transformative impact the arts have made in downtown Princeton while meeting collaborators who are doing similar visionary work around the state.

Tour the venues that make up Princeton's creative community; learn from informative panel discussions about public art, festival organizing, gallery co-ops, and more; and enjoy live music, delicious food, and a FUN day on the town in the Grassroots District. 

Rejuvenate with nature in rustic accommodations in nearby Pipestem provided by the beautiful Appalachian South Folklife Center—the ‘magical mountaintop’ where it all started for the CYS founders, the annual home of Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival. Enjoy bonfires, cookouts, and inspired conversations with changemaking allies.

Share your inspirations, challenges, solutions, and questions about transforming your town. Network with other forward-thinkers and amplify your impact as we all support one another in creating our state!


  • To reserve your spot at the convening, please complete the registration form *and* submit payment at the link below or, complete the registration form *and* submit a scholarship form. 
  • The cost to attend is $50 per person; this includes overnight accommodations for Friday and Saturday at The Folklife Center, 2 cook-outs and a meal on Saturday.
  • Scholarships are available! Find the application at the link at the bottom of this page.