West Virginia Schools to Celebrate the Arts

April 24, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Student artists and musicians from across the state will be featured at the West Virginia Department of Education’s second annual Arts Alive event celebrating the fine arts achievement of public schoolchildren.


The celebration is scheduled for Monday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available from the Clay Center at (304) 561-3500.


Arts Alive: The Best of West Virginia will showcase the visual arts, instrumental and vocal music, along with dance and theatre.


“The arts are vital to the success of the 21st century student,” said state Superintendent Steve Paine. “Arts programs encourage students to think creatively and adopt fresh approaches. Classes such as music, visual art, theatre and dance challenge our perceptions and help develop ways of thinking that are visual rather than verbal. They foster creative thinking and help bridge language and other barriers among diverse cultures in a 21st century global society.”

Artwork to be displayed at the event was chosen by the West Virginia Art Education Association, while music performers were selected through regional solo and ensemble festivals. Other groups were included by invitation or through a variety of other existing contests and adjudications across the state.

The event will be followed on April 29 with a one-day professional development session for teachers of the arts. Participating educators will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge about the showcase and learn more about the role the arts play in the 21st century classroom.  

West Virginia’s public schools have produced such successful artists as Don Knotts, David Selby, Kathy Mattea, Brad Paisley and Jennifer Garner, among others.


Schools participating in the art exhibit are from Boone, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Mason, Nicholas, Ohio, Raleigh, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming counties.


Schools participating in the dance, music and theatre program include Blennerhassett Junior High School, Cabell Midland High School, Capital High School, George Washington High School, Herbert Hoover High School, Jefferson High School, Morgantown High School, Parkersburg South High School, Pleasants County Middle School, Poca High School, Ravenswood High School, Riverside High School, Robert C. Byrd High School, Shady Spring High School, South Charleston High School, St. Marys High School, Tyler Consolidated High School, University High School, Wheeling Central Catholic High School and Winfield High School.


For more information, contact Julia Lee, fine arts coordinator for the state Department of Education, at (304) 558-5325 or jrlee@access.k12.wv.us , or contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.


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