PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) – The Mountain Arts Centre (MAC) hosted the 3rd yearly Appalachian Arts & Amusement Awards on Saturday night, recognizing and celebrating art, artisans, educators, and all the things in involving.

“Arts and tradition and music and all that is so entrenched in each and every all people in Appalachia. So, now we have the time to clearly show that off and we genuinely want to showcase that,” explained MAC Government Director Joe Campbell.

Right after COVID-19 forced the initially 12 months of the Appys to continue to be virtual, the awards ceremony has grown the earlier two decades.

“To have a display like this to truly showcase absolutely everyone and their talent, how sensible they are, how forward wondering absolutely everyone is in this location, and people today don’t know, they’ll know it by the conclude of now,” mentioned Appys Co-Host Lacey Roberts. “This is enormous, and I really feel like this ought to be additional popular than it is, but we’re doing the job on it, it’s only the third 12 months, but it is likely to get greater and superior each and every and every single yr.”

With 53 diverse groups ranging from tattoo artists and jewelry makers, to musicians and painters, the Appys celebrates the people today who get us as a result of tough times.

“The arts get us by every little thing,” stated Best Indie Artist Finalist Alan ‘Corduroy’ Brown. “Not just new music, you know, digital, new music, paintings, persons in common get us through all these tricky instances, so to be celebrated at all with all these diverse folks below that are all artists in their possess way, all academics, all influential people, is phenomenal.”

The ceremony also celebrates the longstanding Appalachian custom of connecting with people via art.

“I think people today connect a lot more through, you know, audio and art,” claimed Finest Woman Vocalist Finalist Taylor Hughes. “It’s actually great that we’re acknowledging individuals that carry that into the planet and that can make that doable.”

You can obtain a comprehensive list of 2023 Appy award winners on the Appalachian Arts & Enjoyment Awards Fb web site.