The NEA grant will support the Dulcimer Project in Hindman, Kentucky. This project will celebrate the living history and contemporary artisanship of the dulcimer instrument. Through the collection of oral histories, dulcimer-making workshops, and festivals for local musicians, the community will celebrate Hindman and Knott County's pivotal role in the innovation, preservation, and development of the dulcimer. The City of Hindman, Kentucky School of Craft, and Hindman Settlement School will help the region, suffering from high rates of unemployment and recent job losses from the coal industry, reinvent itself as a hub for artisanship and creative activity. Hindman has a population of 787, and Knott County has a population of 16,346.