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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]

AAC awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Grant Awards in 2016!

Arts-based Community Development Investment for Hindman, KY.

Appalachian Artisan Center one of National Endowment for the Arts projects selected nationwide

 [HINDMAN]— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced The Appalachian Artisan Center (AAC) as one of the recommended organizations for an award of $50,000 through the NEA’s Our Town Program to establish Blacksmithing as an anchor to the emerging creative economy in Eastern Kentucky. The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.

In a second release, NEA has also recommended a $20,000 Art Works award to The Appalachian Artisan Center to establish a School of Luthiery in Hindman. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like SPARK Our Town and The Hindman School of Luthiery at the Appalachian Artisan Center offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

“We are deeply honored to be recommended for these awards,” says AAC Director of Programs, Jessica Evans. “It is exciting to see the creativity and diligence of the people of this region rewarded and our rich cultural heritage preserved through the continuation of the artisan trades. NEA funding adds a huge boost to our endeavors.”

SPARK Our Town will begin in late summer 2016 to establish a full-time blacksmithing forge and studio in Hindman, support the design, creation and installation of public art throughout the county and bring metalworking to the existing festivals in Knott County. Master Blacksmith Dan Estep from Sassafrass will be spear-heading SPARK to establish the arts as an economic driver in the region. Estep is a master toolmaker and bladesmith and a member of the Southeast Kentucky Blacksmith Association, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, Kentucky Crafted, and AAC.

The Hindman School of Luthiery, slated to start in June 2016, recognizes the craftsmanship, science and art of stringed instrument making. The School seeks be another tool in diversifying our region’s economy and to continue the educational heritage in Knott County in the tradition of institutions such as Hindman Settlement School, Alice Lloyd College and Lotts Creek Community School. Master Artist Doug Naselroad will serve as the lead instructor of the Hindman School of Luthiery. Naselroad is a juried member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program and a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and has been Master-Artist-in-Residence at the AAC since 2012.

In 2014, AAC was awarded an Our Town Grant for the Hindman Dulcimer Project, which helped to establish dulcimer-building workshops, the Museum of the Mountain Dulcimer, and the Annual Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming Festival. NEA Chairman Chu now owns two hand-crafted instruments from Hindman’s Luthiery – a ukulele built by Naselroad, and an “Uncle Ed” Thomas replica dulcimer built by Mike Slone, Coordinator of the Hindman Dulcimer Project.

In addition to receiving the Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2004, the Appalachian Artisan Center was recognized with the 2016 Organizational Leadership Award by the East Kentucky Leadership Conference.

Learn more about the Appalachian Artisan Center and its programs at www.artisancenter.net.

For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town and ArtWorks grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov.

Dulcimer Shop Series featuring Randy Wilson and The Local Honeys

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