(AP) — The nation's leading art official has toured eastern
communities that are attempting to reinvest in folk arts as their coal
economies dwindle. Kentucky
Jane Chu is chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts. On Tuesday, she visited the Dulcimer Project at the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman, and Appalshop, an arts center in Whitesburg.
The NEA has invested $300,000 in the effort to revitalize Appalachian Kentucky through arts. The agency's grants have funded a dulcimer workshop in Hindman, a mural and multimedia walking tour of coal history in Jenkins, filmmaking training for high school students in
productions and traditional music training.