The Eastern Kentucky Arts Project seeks to nurture the visual arts of Kentucky’s Appalachian counties by providing information on the region’s arts-related resources. EKAP researches the practicing artists, arts-related groups, art instruction, exhibition and sales venues, public art, historic architecture, and special arts initiatives available within each county. The project also collects and disseminates oral histories relevant to the region's arts.
Our web site is designed to serve educators, students, artists, community planners, and other interested individuals working to strengthen Eastern Kentucky communities through the arts. Data has been compiled from personal interviews and published and web resources. Designated community contacts update and review our information and images, and shape their county's profile by conveying community accomplishments, plans and needs. In this way the people of Eastern Kentucky are taking ownership of the project themselves.
EKAP seeks to identify service-learning venues for students in/near their home counties. These experiential opportunities might include classes or workshops students can teach, web design for non-profit community organizations, mentoring of children in the arts, murals or other public arts. Morehead State University has provided research and technical support for the project.
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EKAP helps community members find useful information about
their home county:
Kentucky Crafted Appalachia, Kentucky Department of Tourism, Kentucky Department of Travel, and the Kentucky Artisan Heritage Trails all promote the arts primarily from the perspective of economic development.
Development that ensures sustainable, healthy communities is not limited to economic growth. EKAP also seeks to identify service-learning venues for MSU students in/near their home counties (classes or workshops students can teach, web site design for non-profit community organizations, mentoring of children in the arts, murals and other public arts.)
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