CBS Sunday Morning features Appalshop. For art’s sake: When funding the NEA is in jeopardy

CBS Sunday Morning features Appalshop.  For art’s sake: When funding the NEA is in jeopardy

CBS Sunday Morning features Appalshop. For art’s sake: When funding the NEA is in jeopardy

The voice of Appalshop was on CBS Sunday Morning Show

The battlelines are drawn in Washington over whether the federal government should be spending any money at all for art’s sake. The impact of the Trump administration’s proposed end to funding would be felt in communities large and small — perhaps particularly in the small — as Erin Moriarty reports in our Cover Story: 

There is something surprising happening in the Pine Mountains of Kentucky. Like most mining communities, Letcher County has lost thousands of jobs. And yet, how do you account for the new whiskey distillery and restaurant in the county seat of Whitesburg? The renovated buildings? The 15,000-watt radio station?

What has helped breathe new life into the decimated coal economy here has little to do with mining.

“We have 18 full-time employees and five part-time employees,” said program director and fundraiser Ada Smith. “We have over a million-dollar payroll annually.”

See: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/for-arts-sake-when-funding-the-nea-is-in-jeopardy/