U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the Campton, Ky.-based Appalachian Heritage Alliance (AHA) will receive a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. These funds will be used to support AHA staff, as the organization continues valuable programs such as Arts in Education and Arts in the Community.
“Encouraging our communities to get involved in the arts and take pride in their history is critical to building their talents, increasing their confidence and maintaining our rich Appalachian arts heritage,” stated Rogers. “The Appalachian Heritage Alliance has long partnered with the community to provide arts education, Appalachian heritage events and clean up efforts throughout the region. This funding will go a long way toward keeping our Appalachian traditions alive and well.”
The Appalachian Heritage Alliance grew out of the Wolfe County Arts Association that was formed in 1989. Located in one of the most economically depressed regions of the United States, AHA optimizes limited resources to provide over 17 art programs and projects to the community. The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency supporting artists and arts organizations and bringing the arts to all Americans.
Rogers currently serves as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. Through this role, Rogers supports important initiatives in the Fifth Congressional District.