PERRY COUNTY, Ky (WYMT) - The ArtStation project in downtown Hazard has been in the works for more than five years. Initially, other plans were made for the area but the roof collapsed.
"That was going to raise our budget up significantly."
Members of the board put their heads together to come up with a solution for the new open space and building.
"The area where the roof had collapsed would be an entertainment space that we could host outdoor events," said Tim Deaton, member of the Appalachian Arts Alliance Board.
Now with a fresh, new coat of blue paint and wiring going in the progress of the building can be seen. When WYMT asked why they chose the color Deaton had a good response.
"Well, we really wanted to do something different. Something that you didn't see downtown. And it's an ArtStation so you don't want it to be bland and be the typical colors that you would see. We wanted to grab peoples' attention. And to encourage this whole new movement of revitalization in Downtown Hazard."
Hoping by the end of the year to have it complete. They are taking it one step at a time and still need help from the community.
"The biggest thing that we need right now from the community to support this project to further it forward is financial assistance," said Deaton.
Earlier this year the Appalachian Arts Alliance started their Capital Campaign. This campaign was to raise $25,000 in which was to be matched by a sponsor and they did. Now they are hoping to raise another $25,000 by the end of the year.
If you would like to participate in donating or finding out more information about what programs The Appalachian Arts Alliance offers you can visit The Appalachian Arts Alliance.