As part of the recent holiday events in Jenkins, Appalshop of Whitesburg hosted a celebration marking the completion and installation of a public art mural in the community. The mural site is the 1957 C&O Railroad bridge structure located at the base of the entrance to the Little Shepherd Amphitheater property.
Visual artists Lacy Hale and Pam Oldfield Meade worked with community members to design and implement the painting of the mural based on the theme “Jenkins Past, Present, and Future”. Creation of the mural was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program and other funding.
“This creative placemaking project was one of only two funded in Kentucky in 2013,” says Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest. “With the downturn in coal, arts can play a role in diversifying our economy. I look forward to working with these fine folks on projects in the future.”
Through Our Town, the NEA supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Projects encourage creative activity, develop community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.
Activities planned for 2017 that also build upon local cultural assets include a second mural to be painted on the exterior of Jenkins City Hall; a media-rich walking/driving tour that features the history of the City of Jenkins, built in 1912 by Consolidation Coal Company, while also capturing the voices of residents expressing their desires for its future.
For more information about the project, contact Elizabeth Barret or Caroline Rubens at Appalshop, (606) 633-0108.