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Public meetings being scheduled to collect ideas for a new State Arts Plan


The West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA) and the arts staff of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History are in the process of developing a new State Arts Plan. A core planning committee consisting of artists, art educators, arts administrators, WVCA members, Department of Education and the Arts cabinet secretary Kay Goodwin, Division commissioner Nancy P. Herholdt and the Division’s arts staff already have laid the groundwork for the planning process.

Arts staff and members of the committee are going to hold public meetings in various locations throughout the state to collect input from local citizens concerning the arts and the programs and services of the WVCA and the Division. The meetings will explain the purpose of the planning process, seek citizen input, survey activities presently available, discuss challenges the arts face in local communities, share a draft of the new mission/vision/value statements, invite responses to an arts survey and provide training for a public input questionnaire.

The plan’s purpose is to develop programs and services responsive to the needs of the state’s artists and arts organizations, identify methods to increase public participation in the arts and public interest in the work of the WVCA and the Division, consider decisions which set priorities for funding areas and distribution of funds, improve reporting to the state legislature on the effectiveness of public funding for the arts, develop new resources and fulfill planning requirements of the West Virginia Code and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artists, arts administrators and organizations, art faculty members, community arts and social service volunteers and other interested participants are invited to attend the meetings and have their voices heard. A complete list is attached. For more information about attending one of the public meetings, or if interested in hosting a meeting in your community, contact Kelley French Gibson, arts assistant for the Division, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 155.

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. 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.

Public Meetings to Discuss New State Arts Plan

April 3, 9:45 - 11:15 a.m., Calhoun County High School, Mt. Zion
April 6, 2 - 4 p.m., Larry Joe Harless Community Center, Gilbert
April 8, 1 - 4 p.m., Moomau Public Library, Petersburg
April 9, 1 - 4 p.m., McClintic-Pocahontas County Public Library, Marlinton
April 10, 1 - 4 p.m., Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg
April 10, 10 a.m. - noon, Tamarack, Beckley
April 12, 10:15 a.m. - noon, Marshall University, Memorial Student Center, Room 2W22, Huntington
April 19, 9 - 11:30 a.m., Morgan Arts Council, Ice House, Berkeley Springs
April 19, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library, Martinsburg
April 21, 2 - 4 p.m., Shepherdstown Men’s Club, War Memorial Building, Shepherdstown
April 26, 7 - 9 p.m., Gaslight Theater, Sistersville
April 27, 1 - 4 p.m., Grave Creek Mound Historic Site, Moundsville
May 4, 10 a.m. - noon, Big Ugly Community Center, Harts
May 8, 1 - 4 p.m., Randolph County Community Arts Center, Elkins
May 10, 1 - 4 p.m., Monongahela Arts Center, Morgantown
May 16, 1 - 4 p.m., Cultural Center of Fine Arts, Parkersburg
May 28, 1 - 4 p.m., The Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston