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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced that the U.S. Department of Education is releasing $200,000 to the City of Prestonsburg for the Mountain Arts Center (MAC). Rogers secured this funding to enable the MAC to continue its renowned efforts to inspire young people and showcase the spectacular performing and visual arts of Eastern Kentuckians.

“Southern and Eastern Kentucky is blessed with a rich, distinct cultural heritage made up of talented artists on stage and with a canvas. The MAC recognizes the contributions these individuals have made to our communities and is leading the way to ensure that our youth explore and value our cultural heritage and way of life,” said Rogers. “This funding will help expand the Arts Education Program and enable the center to offer more arts and music programs for our students to expand their appreciation and learn new skills in the arts.”

The MAC, a non-profit performing arts venue and arts education facility, is the reality of one woman’s dream; Miss Billie Jean Osborne. “Miss Billie,” a retired music teacher, envisioned a center which would provide education and performance opportunities for the region’s talent, especially the youth, and to celebrate the musical heritage of Eastern Kentucky. The MAC significantly impacts the region economically and culturally by operating as a tourist destination, arts education facility, and a performance arts venue. Education and performance opportunities presented through a variety of school and community outreach programs allow the MAC to accomplish its art education goals. The MAC serves 23 counties and 33 school districts in Eastern Kentucky.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit