School of Craft Knife

The Kentucky School of Craft

The Kentucky School of Craft has been part of Hazard Community and Technical College for over ten years. Founded with an identity linked to economic development and traditional Appalachian artistry, The School of Craft is going through a period of rebirth to develop programming that coincides with the needs of today’s students. The School of Craft is not only dedicated to educating students about the arts, but to also find new ways technology and creative thinking can create jobs and help students start a career.

This effort to advance how students and members of the community think about art is being led by Michael Flynn. Flynn was recently hired by HCTC to serve as Program Coordinator of the Associate in Fine Arts Program based out of the Kentucky School of Craft in Hindman. The School of Craft is currently serving students in Perry, Breathitt, and Knott Counties. Flynn envisions the School to become the artistic hub for the region.

All the courses offered through the Kentucky School of Craft’s programing will train students to transform their ideas into reality. Students will have the opportunity to learn and develop an understanding in the fields of sculpture, metals, ceramics and digital photography. The School of Craft is already equipped with state-of-the-art woodworking and metals facilities. One of Flynn’s missions is to expand the schools’ abilities to produce media using computers and digital technology.

Flynn noted, “We are in the heart of Appalachia. When you look out our windows or walk around our campus, you are surrounded by nature, the foothills, the flow of Troublesome Creek, and wildlife right at our doorstep. The Kentucky School of Craft is iconic Eastern Kentucky and I believe our success lies in a grassroots movement that starts with those native to the region that treasure the uniqueness of Appalachia. As we expand to become a nationally recognized art organization, we will not only promote the arts but also personify local culture.”