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From abandoned school to arts hub, one cultural center roots a WNC community

About 12,000 people make their way to Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, in Graham County, each year. Here, a conversation with Lynn Shields, who led the effort to turn an abandoned 1926 schoolhouse into a cultural destination and who retired last month. “We believe that capitalizing on ‘place-based or asset-based economics’ will be the best way to change,” she said.