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Pew Trusts: Rural areas hope to get more from national service programs like Americorps

April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts The Hindman Settlement School was founded in 1902 to educate children living in the Central Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The school now focuses on helping children with dyslexia, and its leaders propose deploying 40 mentors from AmeriCorps, the national service program, to nearby elementary schools to give students the one-on-one attention they need. Brent...

Kentucky chef’s Ouita Michel, Sara Bradley to bring taste of Kentucky to NYC’s James Beard House

Kentucky bursts into the culinary world as two Kentucky chefs, Ouita Michel and Sara Bradley, will bring Kentucky-rich cuisine to the distinguished James Beard House in New York City on Tuesday, February 27. For years, Kentucky has been a hidden gem of Southern fare – but now its evolving cuisine takes the national stage and proves why the culinary scene is Better in the Bluegrass. Ouita Michel “Kentucky...

Kentucky projects – Hindman to Louisville – get NEA Our Town grants worth $300,000

The National Endowment for the Arts is investing $300,000 in four Kentucky arts-based community development projects through its Our Town grant, the federal agency announced this week.   Our Town grants are awarded to projects that contribute to the livability of communities nationwide and place the arts at their core.   This three-string dulcimer was built by Tad Wright Woodworks. (Photo...

Daily Yonder: Stirring the conversation about Appalachian food traditions, role in region

Travis Milton (Photo from The Daily Yonder/©2014 Malcolm J. Wilson / pixandpr.com)   By Travis Milton Special to KyForward   EDITOR’S NOTE: In May chef Travis Milton prepared a locally sourced meal for about 70 participants in the first Appalachian Food Summit at Hindman Settlement School in Eastern Kentucky. Lora Smith reports in Ace Weekly that the highlights of Milton’s feast were...

First Appalachian Food Summit aimed
at preserving tradition, supporting future

  People from multiple states and various walks of life will gather in Hindman on Sunday to celebrate their common interest in Appalachian food traditions.   The first Appalachian Food Summit: A Celebration of Our Appalachian Food Heritage will take place from noon-8 p.m. at the Hindman Settlement School.   The gathering will bring together authors, chefs, farmers, advocates, scholars,...

Alice Lloyd College professor demonstrates how he makes intricate carvings in clay pots

On Saturday, April 12, Alice Lloyd College professor Mike Ware will be throwing pottery on the wheel and carving the clay surface with intricate patterns from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.   Ware creates his pottery on a potter’s wheel from stoneware clays. He often decorates his forms with images such as dogwood flowers, influenced by the woods near his...