Hindman Settlement School has been approved for a $15 thousand Art Works grant to support our Traditional Arts Education Program. This project will continue the Settlement School’s efforts to offer art education in the public elementary schools of Knott County, Ky. as well as after school art programs and artist residencies. Overall, the National Endowment for the Arts has approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in the first round of fiscal year 2020 funding to support arts projects in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
“The arts are at the heart of our communities, connecting people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support projects like the Traditional Arts Education Program at Hindman Settlement School.”
The Art Works funding category supports projects that focus on public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation; the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; learning in the arts at all stages of life; and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.
“The greatest joy of my work for Hindman Settlement School is going out into public elementary schools here in Knott County to teach Appalachian music and dance. When we sing traditional songs, students explore the social history of Appalachia.” Says traditional arts director, Sam Gleaves. “When we get out of our seats to enjoy the fun of old-time play-party games, students participate in kinesthetic learning. The NEA Art Works grant will enable the Settlement School to continue offering traditional arts activities during the school day and support the coordination of our after-school programs and artist residencies.”
The Traditional Arts Education Program provides opportunities for lifelong learning and preservation of cultural heritage by providing a culturally relevant arts and humanities curriculum for local elementary schools and outreach programs to the broader community. The traditional arts director, working in tandem with classroom teachers, provides weekly classroom enrichment experiences for students. Using interactive and reflective approaches, students participate in storytelling, music, and dance activities.
For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.