Hindman Settlement School
Hindman Settlement School offers education, folk arts, and foodways opportunities for the community and region through annual events and ongoing programming including: Family Folk Week, Dumplin’s and Dancin’, Grow Appalachia, and regular community potlucks and dances. Hindman Settlement School, in partnership with the Appalachian Food Summit, is the lead organization for the East Kentucky Food & Dance Trail.
Abby Huggins, Brett Ratliff
Facebook: Hindman Settlement School
56 Education Lane, PO Box 844, Hindman, KY 41822
Dumplin’s and Dancin’ 1st weekend in December, Family Folk Week in June, Other potluck and dances held on regular basis throughout the year
Hindman Settlement School was first established in 1902 as an educational institution. It continues to offer education, folk arts, and foodways opportunities for the community and region through annual events and ongoing programming. We have hosted Family Folk Week and Appalachian Writers Workshop for forty years. The first weekend in December, we host Dumplin’s and Dancin’, an annual celebration of Appalachian food and dance. We have regular dances and potlucks throughout the year and growing cultural heritage offerings. We are a Grow Appalachia site and have expanding food programs through a community canning kitchen, aquaponics facility, and farm. Hindman Settlement School, in partnership with the Appalachian Food Summit, is the lead organization for the East Kentucky Food & Dance Trail.
Food and dance are deeply a part of the history, current programming and vision for Hindman Settlement School. We see food and dance as important ways for people to gather together, celebrate culture, build healthy relationships, and create livable communities. We welcome the local community to participate in our programming including Grow Appalachia, potlucks, dances, and annual events. We welcome visitors from far and near to attend Settlement School activities.
We are creating the Food & Dance Trail to showcase food and dance in our region, deepen and expand narratives of Appalachian food and dance, connect people across county lines, and welcome visitors to take part in cultural opportunities in East Kentucky. We hope Hindman Settlement School continues to expand its educational, cultural, and foodways opportunities to support our community, both locally and regionally. We believe the Food & Dance Trail will be a catalyst for building regional connections and collaborations.