Folk Arts Education

We love knowing that generations of students from the Central Appalachian area grew up attending folk dances and musical events hosted at Hindman Settlement School’s campus. Many Hindman Settlement School students have even learned traditional crafts, such as weaving and woodworking as well as folk arts, like dulcimer playing and ballad singing. Hindman Settlement School’s Folk Arts Education program is divided into two main missions: providing a culturally relevant arts and humanities curriculum for Knott County schools, and providing cultural programs and outreach in the wider community.

Our Folk Arts Education program provides weekly classroom instruction for students attending six Knott County public schools. We coordinate artist residencies throughout the year, bringing in artists and practitioners from eastern Kentucky and from outside of the region to share with students about a variety of creative practices.  Our Folk Arts Education program also develops oral history projects with local instructors so that students have the opportunity to engage with community members and local culture through the oral history process. In the broader community, we also work with senior citizens, nursing home residents, a residential recovery center, and a HeadStart program.

Additionally, Hindman Settlement School hosts a number of workshops and events throughout the year that explore and celebrate Appalachia’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and living traditions.


The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Hindman Settlement School with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.