Promoting Creative Expression

founded in 2013


To Appalachian
Arts Alliance

located in downtown hazard

Appalachian Arts Alliance was founded in 2013 as a result of a community visioning session in Hazard, Kentucky. We learned people wanted and needed arts programming and education for all ages. In 2018, AppalArts hired its first Executive Director. Today, it remains primarily a community and volunteer driven organization but has added larger capacity projects.

Mission: “Appalachian Arts Alliance infuses education, entrepreneurship, and community empowerment to ensure the creative economy is a driving fore in redefining what is possible in Appalachia.”

our Story

Big Ideas. Big Impact


From piano, to guitar, and singing we are mentoring the next round of Appalachian musicians.


Welcoming home some of the greatest eyes and hearts for art is our passion. Come visit!


Some kids just need to dance to burn off energy. We offer ballet and sometimes a Hoe-Down.


Let your imagine run free and join us for our community theater, no age too young or old.

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Executive director

tim deaton

Tim has a passion for community, the arts, and Appalachia. Tim first came to the organization as a member of the Board of Directors. He resigned from the board, applied and became the new Executive Director in November of 2019. Tim has brought a new life and energy to AAA, his ability to develop programs, fundraise, and strategize, has helped AAA become a regional leader in the Arts, while helping to lead his community through a major revitalization.

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