Annual ARTS ALIVE Celebration Already Spotlighting Student Talent

March 12, 2015

Arts Alive 2015
Winning poster design for Arts Alive 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Robert C. Byrd High School senior Kevin Collins got a glimpse into the world of graphic design as part of winning a recent poster competition for Arts Alive. Arts Alive is the West Virginia Department of Education's (WVDE) annual event to showcase the outstanding achievements of West Virginia public school students in dance, music, theatre and visual art.

As the winner of the statewide Arts Alive 2015 Poster Design Contest, Collins spent a day at the WVDE tweaking his 2015 Arts Alive poster design. Collins worked with WVDE Creative Lead Michael Daniels to make his design come to life.

Collins' design will be used to promote this year's Arts Alive celebration scheduled for Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, West Virginia. The event is free to the public. To learn more about Arts Alive visit:

Earlier this year, the Arts Alive planning committee sent out a call to all public school students to submit an original poster design. Students were encouraged to think abstractly and design images that are not stereotypical of an art form. Collins' design features an eye capturing the philosophy that art exists in every corner of our daily living environment.

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.

For more information, contact the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

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