Hiddenite Arts’ Alexander Junior Appalachian Musicians Program Receives Wayne Henderson Foundation Grant

Photo Caption: Shown with the awarded grant are JAM students and Smith family siblings (front) Alby on fiddle, Easton on banjo, (back) Samuel on guitar, and Logan on upright bass. They are the children of Joshua & Crystal Smith.

The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Alexander Junior Appalachian Musicians Program (JAM) recently received a $1,000 grant from the Wayne Henderson Foundation. This generous award will help subsidize tuition for students in the Center’s Alexander JAM program. Wayne Henderson is a master instrument maker and musician who supports JAM programs and the preservation of traditional Appalachian music for many years.

A new session of the Center’s Alexander JAM classes will begin August 6thfrom 4:00pm – 5:00pm for youth and 5:00pm – 6:00pm for adults. Classes are held at the Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road). Cost for the 6-week session is $30 and registration may be made by calling Alexander JAM Coordinator, Allison Houchins, at the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center: (828) 632-6966.