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Rowan County Arts Center To Host Regional Artisan Workshop

Rowan County Arts Center

The Kentucky Arts Council has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) to conduct workshops in the eastern region of the Commonwealth that will provide arts-related tools, resources and ideas that can initiate economic growth and development.

The arts council began work to introduce the concept of art as an economic driver at a December conference in Pikeville the day after the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Summit. This funding will benefit the 54-county Appalachian region of the state by providing follow-up information for communities and individuals through two public workshops.

"The NEA and CIRD recognize the arts can play a significant role in vital community and economic development. The arts council is excited to continue the work we started last year in Pikeville to help people in the region utilize their existing talents and resources," said Lori Meadows, Executive Director, Kentucky Arts Council.

The public workshops will be held on Friday, May 9 at the Rowan County Arts Center in Morehead and on Tuesday, May 13 at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman.

Additionally, the arts council will convene organizations and communities already engaged in arts and cultural projects as a way for participants to share ideas, challenges and successes, followed by a competitive application process for communities to apply for related project funding. The third event, which will be by invitation, will be in Cumberland.

Registration and agenda information will be available on the arts council's website in the coming weeks at: http://artscouncil.ky.gov

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies and the philanthropic sector.

The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ is a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Project for Public Spaces, Inc., along with the Orton Family Foundation and the CommunityMatters® Partnership.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional information is available from the Rowan County Arts Center at (606) 783-9857 or online at: http://www.rcartscenter.org

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."