- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - A new cultural arts center is being planned in eastern Kentucky.

WYMT-TV (https://bit.ly/1jXyFot) reports Harlan City Council members have approved a plan to turn a century-old downtown building that used to house Modern Electric into a center where items such as quilts, needlework and other art forms will be showcased.

“It’s told a story over the last 100 years and now it’s our turn to bring our stories to the building and have our community tell our own story,” Harlan Tourism Director Brandon Pennington said. “We’re trying to bring more traffic to the downtown area and I think we’re in a time where the arts are very important to our community and to the world. I think we’ll have a good turnout.”

The group Harlan 20/20 is working with the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College on the initiative.

Pennington says Harlan 20/20 has raised money to help pay for the renovations, which are expected to begin in a few weeks. He says they hope to have the center open later this summer.

“We want to bring something to our downtown and bring vibrancy back to our downtown and really take our downtown back,” Pennington said.

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Information from: WYMT-TV, https://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews


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