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Public meetings to be held to share new State Arts Plan

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will host a series of public meetings in October and November to share the State Arts Plan for 2004-2007 with constituents. Richard H. Ressmeyer, director of arts for the Division, will be at each meeting to present the plan and answer questions.

The plan was developed over the past year by a committee consisting of artists, art educators, arts administrators, members of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA), and Division staff.

“Last year, we collected valuable input from local citizens concerning the arts and the programs and services of the Commission and the Division,” said Ressmeyer. “This series of public meetings gives us an opportunity to report back to our constituents, sharing the plan that evolved in large part from their input.”

Goals of the new plan include expanding access to the arts in West Virginia, improving the quality of work done in the state’s arts community, supporting lifelong learning in the arts, increasing access to arts funding and making the state’s citizens aware of the value of the arts. The plan was approved by the WVCA on Sept. 9.

Artists, arts administrators and organizations, art faculty members, community arts and social service volunteers and any other interested parties are invited to attend the meetings. A meeting schedule is attached. Those planning to attend should register by calling Kelley French 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.

Meeting Schedule

October 14, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Library, 101 West King St., Martinsburg, 7:30 p.m.

October 15, Monongalia Arts Center, 107 High St., Morgantown, noon (bring a lunch)

October 16, Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Rd., Wheeling, 9:30 a.m.

October 20, Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Rd., Huntington, 2 p.m.

October 22, Cultural Center of Fine Arts, 725 Market St., Parkersburg, 2 p.m.

November 10, Tamarack, off I-64/77, Beckley, 10:30 a.m.

November 10, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, 113 E. Washington St., Lewisburg, 2 p.m.

November 12, The Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston, 1:30 p.m.

November 14, Fairmont State College, Fairmont, 2 p.m.

November 15, Randolph County Community Arts Center, Randolph Ave. & Park St., Elkins, 2 p.m.

November 17, Williamson, 6:30 p.m. (exact location TBA)


Ginny Painter
Director of Public Information
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Phone (304) 558-0220
Fax (304) 558-2779