Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
The NEA grant will support arts programming associated with the It's Good to Be Young in the Mountains conference, focusing on emerging regional artists in southeast Kentucky. Project activities include mentoring and training of young artists as they embark on community arts projects, mini-festivals, public art residencies, creative writing, and documentary film workshops. Programming will reinforce a coordinated regional rebranding effort that celebrates the arts, tourism, local food production, and the creative potential of area youth. Partners include Southeast Education Foundation, Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Appalachian Program, Appalachian Teaching Project, Harlan County Fiscal Court, Tri-Cities Main Street Program, Harlan County Tourism, and Robert E. Frazier Foundation. Activities will focus on the 100,000 residents in Harlan, Cumberland, Whitesburg, and Middlesboro, Kentucky, and Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Communities served by this project are part of the federally-designated Promise Zone, a region with a poverty rate twice the national average and chronic high unemployment.