Mission and History

Mission Statement:
To create and support a vibrant community of diverse artists, clay artists, writers, musicians and visual artists who share studio space, materials, and inspiration.

 

History of Bobtown:

Bobtown Arts takes its name from the historic black community located four miles from Berea College. T he oldest of the three towns, “JoeLick” around 1769, contained an Inn (1806) and a Post Office, which moved to nearby Kingston in 1846. By 1872, the settlement was named Bobtown in honor of a long-time African-American resident, “Uncle Bob” Fitch. John G. Fee’s radical experiment in racial and gender equality remains evident in the integrated community at Bobtown where African Americans were able to settle in one of three communities. New Liberty Baptist Church, founded in 1866, is visible from the farm.