January 7, 2010
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts will host “Arts Day at the Legislature” at the State Capitol Complex, Charleston, on Monday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event celebrates the vitality of the arts in West Virginia; the impact the arts has on cultural growth, economic development and education; and how the arts brings together artists, arts organizations and art enthusiasts from across the state.
This year’s event will be held in the upper and lower rotundas of the State Capitol and will consist of information booths and live performances including, vocal and instrumental music, poetry readings, and dance and theatrical performances. A list of performers and participants is attached.
The Division will present a Collegiate Series program that evening to wrap up the day’s activities featuring Fairmont State University’s (FSU) School of Fine Arts and Masquers production of Remembering #9 – Stories from the Farmington Mine Disaster. This original performance piece is based on a series of interviews with the wives, children and friends of the victims and survivors of the Farmington explosion at the Consol No. 9 mine in Marion County on Nov. 20, 1968. Research was collected by FSU students. In addition to the performance, the production also includes audio and video clips as well as photographs, many of which were provided by the people who were interviewed. Remembering #9 begins at 7 p.m., in the Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater at the Culture Center and is preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall. All activities are free and the public is invited to attend.
For more information about “Arts Day at the Legislature,” 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 Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Culture 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.
- Doris A. Fields (Lady “D”)
- Horace Mann Sinfonietta
- The Old Brick Playhouse
- River City Youth Ballet
- St. Albans High School Jazz Band
- Theatre West Virginia
- Trillium Dance
- West Virginia Writers
- West Virginia Youth Symphony