The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts will celebrate the vitality of the arts in West Virginia by hosting “Arts Day at the State Capitol” at the State Capitol Complex, Charleston, on Tuesday, March 24, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event is intended to demonstrate the impact the arts has on cultural growth, economic development and education; and show how the arts brings together artists, arts organizations and art enthusiasts from across the state. There will be art projects, information booths and live performances from vocal and instrumental musicians, poets, dancers and dramatists.
Participants at this year’s “Arts Day” include Arts Advocacy, CreateWV, Carnegie Hall, Tamarack, Huntington Museum of Art on the upper rotunda with information booths. Live performances scheduled in the lower rotunda include Lady “D” Doris Fields, West Virginia Youth Symphony and St. Albans High School Jazz Band, among others. Visitors will be encouraged to participate in the hands-on painting and book project. There will be a reception in the Cultural Center at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s production of Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins at 6:30 p.m. to wrap up the day’s activities. The play, by Stephen Temperley, is a hilarious and poignant story of a true musical novelty, Jenkins, who became famous for her off-key singing by financing her own private opera concerts in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.
For more information about “Arts Day at the State Capitol” or to register to participate, contact Jake Krack, individual artist coordinator, or Rose McDonough, cultural facilities and accessibility coordinator for the Division, at (304) 558-0240.
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. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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