Folk Arts Education

We love knowing that generations of students from the Central Appalachian area grew up attending folk dance 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 five Knott County public schools. In the broader community, we also work with senior citizens, nursing home residents, a rehab center, a Head Start program, and a bi-weekly radio program.

Hindman Settlement School also hosts a number of workshops and events throughout the year that explore and celebrate Appalachia’s rich cultural heritage.


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.