Crit Luallen was extremely instrumental during the administration of Martha Layne Collins in support for crafts programming in the Department of the Arts. She initiated the first-ever-in-the-country economic impact study on craft through an Appalachian Regional Commission grant. Through the position of Arts Commissioner and later as secretary for the Department of Tourism she advanced crafts through many programs. Crit continued to advance in many positions in state government. In these excerpts, she talks about the importance of craft and how it impacts economic development in Kentucky and the many different ways that she encouraged crafts as worthy of government resources.
View more excerpts from Crit Luallen's video interview HERE.