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Applications being accepted for 2004 African-American Heritage Arts Camp

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is accepting applications for its 18th annual African- American Heritage Arts Camp. The camp offers students of all races and ethnic backgrounds who have completed grades 8-12, an opportunity to study the performing and visual arts with professional artists.

Disciplines of instruction include dance (modern, jazz, hip-hop, classical ballet and Afro-Haitian dance); vocal music (proper techniques and presentation); percussion (African drumming and African-American art forms of jazz, blues and popular music); visual arts (painting and drawing techniques); drama (basic theater skills); orchestral strings (performance techniques for a string ensemble); and band (performance techniques for a brass and/or woodwind band).

This year’s camp will be held June 12-19, 2004 at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop, Fayette County. Arts camp participants will be housed in the dormitory at the camp. Meals will be served in the Great Chestnut Lodge.

An enrollment fee of $100 includes lodging, three meals per day and all the instructional materials. Funding for the camp is provided is provided by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the Bernard H. and Blanche E. Jacobson Foundation.

For more information about the African-American Heritage Arts Camp or to request an application, contact Stan Spottswood, artistic director of the camp, by phone at (304) 549-2635 or by e-mail at Applicants can also contact Pat Cowdery, events coordinator for the Division by phone at (304) 558-0220, ext. 130 or by e-mail at Information and applications are also available on the Division’s website at The deadline to apply is May 14.

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 Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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