The State Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture
and History is announcing that there is still time to become a cosponsor in
the Share Your Heritage Workshop program, which is designed to bring together
community representatives to address key cultural heritage tourism challenges.
The workshops are a partnership effort between the National Trust for Historic
Preservations’s Heritage Tourism Program and a local cosponsor. Completed
applications for local workshop hosts must be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 19.
Non-profit organizations or governmental agencies are eligible to apply as the lead cosponsor in the project. A steering committee including the lead cosponsor and four other broad-based organizations is recommended to provide diverse perspectives. Partners should include at least one arts organization.
The workshop is ideal for communities that have recently inventoried cultural resources and are developing a cultural heritage tourism plan or launching a cultural heritage tourism effort. The workshop goals include developing a better understanding of cultural heritage tourism; providing cross-discipline training; encouraging innovative solutions through problem solving exercises; providing networking and partnership building opportunities; fostering stronger leadership and a team approach; and providing cultural heritage tourism development tools to key leaders.
Local cosponsors must provide at least $15,000 in in-kind or cash investment toward the workshop and associated costs. Share Your Heritage assistance will provide two national speakers for the workshop, including transportation to the airport nearest the workshop site; honorarium costs; developing training materials and preparing a master copy for duplication; completing federal reporting requirements; and compiling a brief action plan in written and electronic format.
The Share Your Heritage initiative is looking for local cosponsors that represent diverse geographic areas and programmatic issues for cultural heritage tourism. Preference will be given to applications from rural areas, projects with a strong arts component and projects that benefit communities.
Four workshops will receive national support in 2005, and announcement of the winners is anticipated in January 2005. Funding for the program is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U. S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office of Community Development.
For more information about the Share Your Heritage Workshops, call (303) 413-1986, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can be downloaded at http://www.nationaltrust.org.
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 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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