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NEA Chair Visits Center

Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts visited Eastern Kentucky Tuesday following a visit to Lexington Monday.

“We’ve been eager to get over on this trip because we know some of the great work that’s going on in the Eastern Kentucky area,” said Chu.

Chu began her tour at the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman, before moving to the center’s workshop where dulcimers and other stringed instruments are made.

“It’s a tremendous validation of our programs here,” said Doug Naselroad, master artist in residence at the center.

Chu also tried her hand at the dulcimer before seeing a performance by local dulcimer players.

She then had lunch with local artistic leaders at the Appalshop.

“We really wanted to show her the enthusiasm and the energy that’s happening in Kentucky around the arts right now,” said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council.

Click here for video interview with Chairman Chu.
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