West Virginia Students Hit the Stage to Spotlight the Arts

April 02, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Education's (WVDE) ninth annual Arts Alive celebration is Friday, April 3, at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston. This distinctive arts event showcases outstanding arts education programs and student achievements from across the state including works in dance, theatre, music and visual art.  Arts Alive 2015 spotlights 20 performances and 200 pieces of student work in the art exhibit.

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

For the first time in the nine year history of Arts Alive, students will be provided free master classes.  The young artists featured in Arts Alive will have an opportunity to take classes with West Virginia art professionals.  These professionals are donating their time and expertise to advance the educational mission and focus of Arts Alive.

“A guiding goal of Arts Alive 2015 has been to continue to expand collaborations and interdisciplinary partnerships throughout the state,” said WVDE Arts Coordinator Dr. Christi Camper Moore. “By reaching out to professional artists, we hope to enrich the learning experience for participating students in dance, theatre, visual arts and music. The fact that professional artists are willing to donate their time to teach master classes for these students speaks, in part, to the importance and strength of arts education in West Virginia.”

The Art Exhibit will open at 6:00 p.m. and the Gala Performance will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public. Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved for pickup through the Clay Center box office by calling (304) 561-3570.

Arts Alive will be live streamed for those unable to attend the performance in Charleston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew77Wi_YR6k .

The 2015 Arts Alive experience can be shared on Twitter and Instagram using #WVArtsAlive2015.

For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Office of Communication at (304) 558-2699.

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