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West Virginia Commission on the Arts announces grant awards


The West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History awarded $3,162,730 to 126 applicant organizations and individual artists (list attached) at meetings held in June and September, 2002. Grant recipients are located in 35 counties of the state.

To be eligible to receive grant funding, arts and community organizations, which may include museums, arts centers or galleries, and private schools must be non-profit with a 501(c)3 status. Public educational institutions, school boards, local or county government agencies and colleges and universities are eligible as well.

Individual artists who received funds from this grant pool did so under the Professional Development for Artists (PDA) program. PDA monies can be used to expand or improve the artist’s own work or to share that expertise with others. Arts organizations also are eligible for these funds, provided the money is used to expand or improve programs that support individual artists.

In addition to the PDA program, grants were awarded for Arts in Education (AIE) projects, arts programming and staff support. The AIE program encourages the development of comprehensive arts programs that affect the educational environment for all students and community members in West Virginia. AIE grants include Artist in Residence, Special Projects and Touring Grants.

The Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources Grant Program supports renovation, construction and purchase of performance, exhibition or artists’ spaces. In addition, special Challenge America grants were awarded this year to projects that demonstrate the benefits the arts bring to families and communities. The Challenge America monies include $90,000 in federal funds from the NEA, an increase of$50,000 over last year, as well as $45,000 from the West Virginia legislature.

Arts programming funds can apply to the Major Institution Support Program (groups with a minimum operating base of $1,000,000) as well as Mid-sized Arts Organizations (groups with budgets of $150,000 - $999,999). There is also a Re-granting, Touring, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Media Arts, and Folk and Traditional Arts program which offer granting opportunities.

The staff support program offers funding for professional staff positions and arts management interns. Arts and community organizations, currently with or without professional staff, which have been in existence for a minimum of two years are eligible.

The Commission, established in 1967, works with artists, arts organizations, schools and community groups to foster a fertile environment for the artistic, cultural, educational and economic development of the state. It is a 15-member citizen advisory commission appointed by the Governor to serve staggered three-year terms.

The funds come from an annual state legislative appropriation. Additional funds for grants and services come from the National Endowment for the Arts and other private and public sources.

For more information about the grant process, or to receive a copy of the Division’s Arts Grants and Services Book and an application form, call (304) 558-0240 or visit the Division’s website at

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Applications approved by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts in June and September 2002

County Grantee Granted

BARBOUR Irene McKinney $2,500

BERKELEY Apollo Civic Theatre $8,650
Boarman Arts Center $11,619
Grace Cavalieri $1,300
Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern $1,200
Inwood Dance Company $6,304
Main Street Martinsburg, Inc. $15,000
Denna Smith $1,057

BRAXTON Central Appalachian Arts & Crafts Co-op $6,541
Clifford Gateless $1,031
Landmark Studio for the Arts $2,121
Steve Balcourt $1,798

CABELL Cabell County Public Library $2,725
Greater Huntington Parks & Recreation $1,170
Huntington Museum of Art $147,415
Huntington Symphony Orchestra Association $23,281

CALHOUN Calhoun County Schools $8,000
Heartwood In the Hills, Inc. $1,800

CLAY Margy Mills $944

FAYETTE Fayette Co. Historical Society $1,500
Fayette County Schools $3,000

GRANT Grant County Arts Council $2,409

GREENBRIER Barbara Michaelson $788
Carnegie Hall Inc. $59,242
Greenbrier County Schools $250
Greenbrier Valley Theatre $421,030
Trillium Performing Arts Collective $7,661

HAMPSHIRE Hampshire County Arts Council $4,200

HANCOCK Hancock County Schools $4,000
Weirton Area Civic Foundation $4,000

HARDY McCoy-McMechen Museum, Inc. $2,037

HARRISON Harrison County Board of Education $15,900

JACKSON Jackson County Schools $2,645
Susanna M. Holstein $593

JEFFERSON Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson $8,500
Pam Parziale $1,132
Shepherd College $8,580
Shepherdstown Music & Dance $6,242
The Old Opera House Theatre Company $3,750

KANAWHA Allied Artists of WV, Inc. $8,302
Appalachian Children’s Chorus $5,000
Charleston Light Opera Guild $58,950
Charleston Stage Company $30,688
Clay Center for Arts and Sciences, WV $18,600
Colleen Anderson $415
Fund for the Arts $2,250
Kanawha County Schools $4,000
Kanawha Valley FOOTMAD $7,275
River City Youth Ballet Ensemble $450
Robin Hammer $856
Saint Albans High School $140,000
Seneca Chamber Orchestra $4,200
Sunrise Museum, Inc. $65,000
The Charleston Ballet $31,018
The Education Alliance $4,000
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Kanawha Valley $3,650
WV Department of Education $15,000
WV Filmmakers Guild $9,883
WV International Film Festival $9,600
WV Library Commission $4,300
WV State College Community & Technical $4,151
WV Symphony Orchestra $60,000
WV Theatre Conference $817
WV Youth Symphony $2,520

LINCOLN Appalachian Women’s Leadership Project $15,000
Step by Step $5,921

MARION Fairmont State College $8,000
Marion County Schools $4,000

MARSHALL Strand Theatre Preservation Society $175,000

MASON WV Art & Craft Guild $4,307

MERCER Bluefield High School Foundation, Inc. $200,000
Bramwell Foundation $5,892

MINERAL Highland Arts Unlimited, Inc. $9,456

MINGO A.B.L.E. Families, Inc. $15,000
Tug Valley Arts Council $9,110

MONONGALIA Claudia Giannini $712
Fairmont Chamber Music Society $3,575
Jackson’s Mill Heritage Foundation $5,000
Susan Shumaker $2,500
Wadestown Comm. Resources Ctr. $4,000

MORGAN Lynn Lavin $1,455
Morgan Arts Council $184,925

NICHOLAS Ivy & Stone, Council for the Arts $7,150
Mary Bethune $818

OHIO Artworks Around Town $1,258
Oglebay Institute $65,000
Wheeling Park High School $2,250
Wheeling Symphony Society $80,000
WVNCC Foundation $1,500

POCAHONTAS Allegheny Echoes Inc. $5,000
Pocahontas Co. Opera House Foundation $3,795
Pocahontas Communications Cooperative $4,000

PRESTON Ilene Sondara Evans $2,500
Keith Pitzer $337
The Aurora Project, Inc. $200,000

PUTNAM Hannah Sue Johnson $1,703
Museum in the Community $346,594
Trudy Herod $884

RALEIGH Beckley Area Foundation $1,675
Beckley Concert Association $4,000
Diana Pittis $1,582
Karen Vuranch $2,145
Raleigh Co. Chapter of the American Red Cross $2,800
Youth Museum of Southern WV $31,220

RANDOLPH ArtsBank $15,000
Augusta Heritage Center $20,365
Davis & Elkins College $4,000
Mick Souter’s Touring Musical Theater $710
Mountain Partners in Community Dev. $2,350
Randolph Co. Community Arts $3,750
Randolph County Schools $8,860

TUCKER Alpine Heritage Preservation, Inc. $200,000
Robin McClintock $2,500
Valley Ridge Studio, Inc. $10,000

UPSHUR WV Arts Presenters, Inc. $54,896
WV Wesleyan College $5,683

WOOD Actors Guild of Parkersburg $2,925
ArtsBridge, Inc. $51,298
Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival $5,000
Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Soc. $28,611
Norm Sartorius $1,179
River Cities Symphony Orchestra $14,500
Smoot Theatre Corporation $7,038
The Cultural Center of Fine Arts $29,698
Wood County Schools $6,100