Applications Available for Arts Alive Professional Development

March 05, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Teachers of the arts from across West Virginia are invited to apply to participate in a one-day professional development event on April 29 in Charleston.


The professional development opportunity follows the 2nd Annual Arts Alive: The Best of West Virginia, which is West Virginia’s signature showcase for the arts in public schools. The event, which is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on April 28 at the Clay Center in Charleston. The event will feature student artists in dance, music, theatre and visual art.


The professional development session will give arts teachers the opportunity to expand their knowledge about the showcase and learn more about the role the arts play in the 21st century classroom.


The session is open to arts teachers in high school, middle school, elementary school as well as general elementary school teachers and student teachers in the arts studying at a West Virginia college or university.


“This is such a wonderful opportunity for any teacher of the arts and I encourage teachers from around the state to apply for this learning experience,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “The arts are vital to the success of the 21st century student. Arts programs encourage students to think creatively and adopt fresh approaches. They foster creative thinking and help bridge language and other barriers among diverse cultures in today’s global society.”


Applications are available online at and must be submitted by April 15.


For more information, contact Julia Lee, arts coordinator for the state Department of Education, at 304-558-5325, extension 53231 or

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