Addressing the rise of  substance abuse disorders, the “ Culture of Recovery” (COR) Project at the Appalachian Artisan Center partners with the residential Hickory Hill Recovery Center and the Knott County Drug Court to  forge a path forward for those in recovery through creativity, supplementing existing treatments with opportunities for skill building in the arts.


Art Slams offers the opportunity for participants to complete a single art work in varying media such as painting, print making, and journal making in a single session. AAC calls upon our regional network of teaching artists to instruct these classes for fair living wages, serving both the arts community and those in recovery. Art Slams allow participants to feel a sense of completion and creation while exploring new skills and media.


Art Journeys allow participants to engage in art mentorship programs on a weekly basis over the entire course of their recovery. Clients learn skills that begin at the basic level and scale up to artistic mastery.AAC studios serve as a safe space for those in recovery, free of judgement and open to growth and change.These foundations in pottery, luthiery, and blacksmithing are supplemented with business courses offered through EKCEP that provide a foundation for potential future self-employment.



Community Engagement creates a platform for those in recovery to dispel stigma and find a place within a community outside of drugs and addiction. Narrative stage presentations, square dances, interactive public art, live songwriting performances and the collection of oral histories allow for our participants to address and engage with the community at large.

Kim's Story...

Culture of Recovery in Media

New York Times

In Appalachia, Crafting a Road to Recovery With Dulcimer Strings

Forbes Magazine

Building Instruments in Appalachia Give Those Fighting Addiction A Second Chance

WLEX Lexington

Luthiery school helps recovering opioid addicts heal.

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1000 Cranes Project


A Community Engagement Program where COR clients and the community work together to fold 1000 cranes to bring hope and healing for patients and healthcare workers of COVID. 

The cranes are strung in 100-crane garlands and delivered to our local healthcare facilities. 

We welcome your crane donations!

Crane garlands are thought to bring peace and healing in Japan. 

Contact: yoko.nogami@artisancenter.net for more information.

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Sat: 10am-4pm
Email: info@artisancenter.net

Phone: (606) 785-9855

Address:  30 W Main Street, Hindman, KY 41822

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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky, Inc. with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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