Appalachian Artisan Center Will Host Grand Re-Opening Celebration and Concert

Hindman, Kentucky (September 27, 2016) – The Appalachian Artisan Center is proud to open our doors to members of the public for the Grand Re-Opening of the Cody Building on Main Street in Hindman.

The celebration and open house begins on October 25th at 6pm and will feature tours of the Artisan Center’s galleries and artist studios, including the new rooftop garden. Community members are invited to meet artists, members of the Appalachian Artisan Center Board, and the center’s new Co-Directors, Jessica Evans and Mark W. Kidd.

In addition to serving as the Center’s new headquarters and gallery, the Cody Building is home to event and workshop space individual artist incubator studios, as well as extensive new pottery and jewelry group studios. “Appalachian Dreaming”, an exhibition of acrylic works on canvas by Angelyn DeBord and “Ways of Seeing”, the newest traveling exhibit from the Kentucky Arts Council, will be open to the public. Refreshments will be offered.

The evening will conclude with the Artisan Center’s monthly Dulcimer Shop Series Concert and live taping of the Knott Downtown Radio Hour, held at the Hindman School of Luthiery on 85 W. Main Street at 7:30 p.m. October’s concert features a Songwriter’s Circle comprised of local talents. The concert will be broadcast on 88.7 WMMT-FM at a later date.

“The Appalachian Artisan Center’s facilities in Knott County are home to workshops, apprenticeships, retreats, and camps for people from all walks of life seeking to learn traditional and modern skills in the arts,” said Kidd. “We’re proud to welcome our community to this new facility which will help us better serve eastern Kentucky and its artists.”

The Appalachian Artisan Center helps connect regional artists to marketing, business planning, and other technical assistance. The center’s craft and instrument gallery in Hindman and it’s online store offer items for sale created by artists from at least 32 different Eastern Kentucky counties.

The Appalachian Artisan Center was the only organization in Kentucky to receive a National Endowment for the Arts ‘Our Town’ grant in 2016, on the basis of its art and economic development efforts. The Our Town grant was awarded after a visit in 2015 from NEA Chairperson, Jane Chu, the first NEA Chair ever to visit eastern Kentucky. The AAC was also the recipient of the Organization Award at the 2016 East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Conference.

For more information on programs and events at the Appalachian Artisan Center, call: 606-785-9855, or email: [email protected]

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