The West Virginia Department of Education will host its eighth annual arts showcase, Arts Alive! Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Clay Center in Charleston. The Arts Exhibit will open at 6:15pm and the Performance will begin at 7:00. Admission is free and open to the public. Tickets are now available from the Clay Center box office. Please call 304-561-3570.

Representatives to the planning committee include members of all major arts education professional organizations in West Virginia: The West Virginia Art Education Association, The West Virginia Music Educators Association, and West Virginia Thespians.

Please come back to this page for updates!

For further information, email the WVDE Coordinator for the Arts, Christi Camper at

Arts Alive will be live streamed!

West Virginia Public Broadcasting will be partnering with the West Virginia Department of Education to live stream Arts Alive. A guiding goal of Arts Alive 2014 has been to expand the accessibility of this event to those who are not able to make the trip to Charleston and to produce a professional, archival copy for educational purposes. We are thrilled that many more people will get to join us live as we celebrate outstanding arts education programs and student achievements in WV public schools.

The Arts Alive live stream is now available:

Spread the word! You can join us live on Friday, April 4th at 7:00pm by using this link or via the slideshow picture on the WVDE homepage.

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Arts Alive Mission Statement

Arts Alive is the West Virginia Department of Education's annual event to showcase outstanding arts education programs and student achievements in public schools. The work included in Arts Alive is selected from state arts conferences, festivals and exhibits throughout West Virginia; a competitive submission process; and/or by invitation. Arts Alive is in its eighth year and has expanded collaborations and interdisciplinary partnerships to include work from the following areas: Dance, Music, Pre-Kindergarten, Science in the Arts, Theatre and Visual Arts. Students perform and exhibit work before an audience of students, family members, educators, policy makers, leaders, advocates and philanthropists.

Arts Alive aims to support developing and established arts programs in public schools throughout West Virginia; inspire local education systems to embrace the arts as an essential part of every child's education; and empower the broader learning community to advocate for comprehensive arts education in public schools.