Appalachian Artisan Center
The purpose of the Appalachian Artisan Center is to develop the economy of eastern Kentucky through our arts, culture, and heritage. We are dedicated to supporting artists by helping them create and grow successful businesses. The Center provides assistance to artists in many ways including business plan development, training and continuing education opportunities, studio space, and a venue to sell and exhibit their work.
At the sparkling new Cody Studios, visitors find the Museum of the Mountain Dulcimer, Jewelry and Ceramic programs and The AAC Gallery. In addition to regular instruction, our renowned School of Luthiery hosts live musical performances for the annual Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming and the Knott Downtown Radio Hour and greets thousands of visitors annually . Our Blacksmith Shop was recognized in 2016 by the National Endowment for the Arts by the granting of Kentucky’s only “Our Town” award that year.
Shop & Gallery
The Center’s Shop is home to an extensive selection of handcrafted items. From pottery to jewelry and furniture to quilts, the rich heritage of the region is reflected in the unique pieces available for purchase. The Shop is also home to the art gallery space which highlights regional artist exhibits.
At the Appalachian Artisan Center’s Cody Studios, artists participate in a unique program that allows them to grow their businesses with low-cost studio space and easy access to a network of artists and support services available through the Center’s staff.
The Bolen Studios are home to the AAC’s Luthiery program. Under the direction of Master Artist-In-Residence Doug Naselroad, the program offers affordable instrument building workshops and apprenticeship programs for both youth and adults