Our Town

Appalshop (Whitesburg, KY)

Jenkins, Kentucky





A piece of Jenkins, Kentucky's rich cultural history: William R. "Pictureman" Mullins in front of his East Jenkins studio and his portrait of the Hollyfield family (images circa 1955). William R. "Pictureman" Mullins Collection © Appalshop Archive

The NEA grant will support the creation of murals, a large-scale photographic installation, and a media-rich walking tour that celebrates the cultural history of the City of Jenkins, Kentucky. The public art and walking tour will reflect the city's American coal mining heritage and its evolving contemporary image to present a robust portrait of the place.

Appalshop and the City of Jenkins will partner with CultureNow, Kentucky Arts Council, Dave Zegeer Coal and Railroad Museum, and Jenkins Public Library. The temporary and permanent public art installations and multimedia tour will strengthen the cultural identity of the community and will attract visitors from the surrounding Appalachian region. Approximately 30% of Jenkins' population of 2,401 is below the poverty line.