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West Virginia Division of Culture and History to host free grant workshops statewide in August 2006

The West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA) and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History have scheduled workshops throughout the state to give individual artists and arts professionals information they need to apply for grants from the WVCA and the Division. The workshops are free and open to artists in all disciplines, including theater, dance, literature, video, music, film, performance and visual arts.

The workshops will focus on Artist Fellowship grant applications, which have a postmark deadline of Sept. 1 and Professional Development grant applications for individual artists and arts organizations, which are due Feb. 1, 2007. In addition, the Artist Register and the Artists Commission program will be discussed. The sessions also will address the grant application process, work sample preparation and artist statements. Applications for these grants will be mailed to artists listed on the Division’s Artists’ Register. The applications also will be available online at www.wvculture.org/arts.

The first workshop will take place on Monday, Aug. 7, from noon - 2 p.m. at the Parkersburg Art Center, 725 Market Street, Parkersburg. Additional meetings will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from noon - 2 p.m. at the Wheeling Artisan Center, corner of Main and 14th streets, Wheeling; Wednesday, Aug. 9, from noon - 2 p.m. at the Morgantown Arts Association Gallery in the Mountaineer Mall, 5000 Greenbag Road, Morgantown; and Thursday, Aug. 10, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Art Centre, 208 South Queen Street, Martinsburg. The final meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from noon - 2 p.m. at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex, Charleston.

Reservations are suggested. For more information about the workshops, to make a reservation or to request an application form, contact Jeff Pierson, individual artist coordinator for the Division, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 717, or e-mail him at jeff.a.pierson@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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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
ginny.painter@wvculture.org