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Appalshop Awarded 2 Grants from National Endowment for the Arts

Appalshop is proud to announce that it has received two Spring 2018 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. These NEA funds with matching contributions will enable Appalshop Archive to support artist residencies and associated cultural events with a focus on foodways, and an Appalachian Media Institute-led exchange between rural regional youth and their urban peers at the Parsons School of Design in New York.  In anticipation of the organization’s forthcoming 50th anniversary, these activities will broaden and deepen Appalshop’s unique role as a regional arts, culture, and community development hub in central Appalachia.  

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement are two Art Works grants totaling $70,000 to Appalshop. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

Executive Director Alex Gibson said the programming Appalshop provides is meant to help give a voice to those who often aren’t heard and are often marginalized. “Every form of art that we have has touched people from all walks of life within our communities,” he said.

The awards totaling $70,000 were given in the following programs areas:

  • Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works: to support artist residencies and cultural activities at new community kitchen Community Agricultural and Nutritional Enterprises (CANE) and Letcher County Farmers Market.

  • Media Arts: to support a multimedia storytelling project between the Appalachian Media Institute and the Parsons School of Design.

For more information about these projects contact Appalshop at 606-633-0108 or [email protected]

To learn more about this year’s NEA grantees, see the agency’s Spring 2018 press release.




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