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New Grants and Services and Arts in Education Roster books for the West Virginia Commission on the Arts to be presented at workshop on Jan. 25, 2005 in Bluefield

The West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA) and the arts staff of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History recently published the new Grants and Services and Arts in Education Roster books and have scheduled workshops throughout the state to explain new procedures now in force to arts administrators and organizations, individual artists and arts educators. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Bluefield High School, Mary S. Chmara Media Center, 535 West Cumberland Drive, Bluefield.

The Grants and Services book describes all available services, resources and information for arts program planning. The Arts in Education Artist Roster provides resources for hiring teaching artists for arts in education programs.

In addition, the grant application forms also have changed and will be introduced at the workshop. The new forms will enable applicants to give a clearer description of the information necessary to improve their scoring and chance of funding from the WVCA. The new forms also are available online at www.wvculture.org. An interactive CD with the new books and links to the application forms will be available later this year.

For more information about the workshop, contact Kelley French, secretary for the arts section, at (304) 558-0240, ext.155, or by e-mail at kelley.l.french@wv.gov.

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 www.wvculture.org 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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