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NEA Chair Visits Center

Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts visited Eastern Kentucky Tuesday following a visit to Lexington Monday.

“We’ve been eager to get over on this trip because we know some of the great work that’s going on in the Eastern Kentucky area,” said Chu.

Chu began her tour at the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman, before moving to the center’s workshop where dulcimers and other stringed instruments are made.

“It’s a tremendous validation of our programs here,” said Doug Naselroad, master artist in residence at the center.

Chu also tried her hand at the dulcimer before seeing a performance by local dulcimer players.

She then had lunch with local artistic leaders at the Appalshop.

“We really wanted to show her the enthusiasm and the energy that’s happening in Kentucky around the arts right now,” said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council.

Click here for video interview with Chairman Chu.


New Executive Director Appointed

On March 19, the Appalachian Artisan Center Board of Directors appointed Josh Mullins as the Center’s next Executive Director. Josh, a Hazard, Kentucky-native, earned both his bachelor’s in communications and master’s in education from Morehead State University in 2009 and 2014 respectively.

Prior to joining the staff at the Appalachian Artisan Center, Josh served as a Telegiving Program Manager for Morehead State University’s Office of Development and a 4-H Youth Development Agent for the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. In these roles, he grew donor support for the organizations, organized educational and awareness events, and collaborated with community agencies to build unique and dynamic partnerships. At the Center, Josh hopes to expand on the Center’s outreach initiatives in community art education and better support artist entrepreneurs through workshops and one-on-one assistance.


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