Hindman Learning Journey

Leveraging Local Food, Health, Natural Resources, Community Capacity and Art to Build a New Appalachia

This Learning Journey will take place in Hindman, KY: Population 787. While Hindman is small, the work being done by Hindman-based organizations including the Appalachian Artisan Center, Hindman Settlement School and the Kentucky School of Craft offer a big vision for what’s possible in a new Appalachia- one based on existing cultural assets but expansive enough to address contemporary challenges and needs.

On the bus ride over, participants will learn about the history and current development efforts in Hindman and surrounding areas. Once in Hindman, we’ll start our journey at the Hindman Settlement School. Established in 1902, Hindman was the first rural settlement school in America and a “vibrant beacon for progressive learning, community enrichment, and cultural exploration in the Central Appalachian region.” We’ll hear about the School’s history and current work before touring The Cannery, a fully equipped USDA-certified kitchen. We will also learn about the School’s working farm and their partnership with Grow Appalachia to help as many people grow as much food as possible using organic methods and to encourage more growth of food for local markets.

Our next stop on the Learning Journey will be at the Kentucky School of Craft.  Participants will experience hands-on work happening in the School’s woodworking studio and learn about a larger partnership that the Appalachian Artisan Center and the School of Craft are  involved in that uses the arts to combat opioid addiction. This unique partnership between the Artisan Center, Hickory Hill Recovery Center, Knott County Drug Court, and Eastern Kentucky Certified Employment Program seeks to provide holistic recovery through arts such as painting, journal-making, and songwriting – as well as apprenticeships in craft trades such as blacksmithing, luthiery and ceramics. Participants will then settle-in for some tasty traditional Appalachian refreshments while engaging in a round-table discussion with area leaders about the challenges and opportunities of development work in Eastern KY.   

Our final stop will include a walk down Main Street to The Appalachian Artisan Center. Site visit participants will tour the Artisan galleries and shop, with time to purchase locally made crafts, before boarding the bus back to Pikeville.