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.

Art heals...

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.

Get involved!

Whether you are near or far, there are ways you can participate in many of our Community Engagement programs!

AAC COR Quilting Circle


COR clients and the community volunteers meet together to quilt each week towards a common project. We can always use your help!

You can contribute to this project by monetary donations or quilting pieces with us!

We welcome volunteers! Please make an appointment for COVID safety.

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: for more information.

AAC COR Embroidery Circle


Join us in embroidering a heirloom quilt. There are over 235 names we would like to embroider to preserve signatures made for a church quilt! Don't know how to embroider? We will show you how! 

Not ready to handle an heirloom quilt? No problem! Bring your own projects and join the circle! 

**Masks must be worn and all COVID safety measures must be followed.

Give us a call!

Art Supplies Sleeping

in Your Closet?


We will be glad to make beautiful art from them!

We are always in need of any sort of art supplies.

Your in-kind donations go a long way.

Contact us for more information!