The goal of this project is to develop a strategic plan for the Appalachian Artisan Center, an anchor organization within Appalachian Kentucky’s creative economy that serves area artists, artist entrepreneurs, and children and youth who benefit from arts education programs. The Artisan Center has juried works from more than 300 area artists. These works are sold in the physical gallery and made available for online purchase.
Grant funds will allow the Artisan Center access to strategic planning expertise provided through the Kentucky Arts Council Peer Network (KPAN). This network identifies vetted independent consultants with expertise in the arts. This consultant will facilitate the strategic planning process and help solicit input from artists, cultural partners, local officials, staff and board members, and other stakeholders. The resulting plan will increase the organization’s capacity to manage and expand their retail gallery and studio and art education programs.