Thursday, April 16, 2015

Art Official Tours Area

(AP) — The nation's leading art official has toured eastern Kentucky communities that are attempting to reinvest in folk arts as their coal economies dwindle.

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 Appalachia, theater productions and traditional music training.