Annual Arts Alive Celebration Spotlighting Student Talent

March 08, 2016

Mirabella Eller
Mirabella Eller works on her winning poster design for Arts Alive 2016.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) welcomed a student to its staff today as part of the annual Arts Alive celebration. Mirabella Eller, a junior from Tyler Consolidated High School in Tyler County, visited the WVDE to finalize her Arts Alive 2016 poster design.

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. Hundreds of talented students earn the opportunity to perform during the yearly showcase.

Earlier this year, the Arts Alive planning committee sent out a call to all public school artists to submit a poster design for the event. Eller’s design was chosen as the winning submission from among 11 submissions. As the winner of the statewide Arts Alive 2016 Poster Design Contest, Eller spent a day working alongside WVDE Creative Lead Michael Daniels to make her design come to life. Her design will be used to promote this year's Arts Alive celebration scheduled for Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, West Virginia.

The Arts Alive lobby showcase will open at 6 p.m. with main stage events to begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, but tickets are required as seating is assigned. Tickets are available from the Clay Center box office by calling 304-561-3570. To learn more about Arts Alive 2016, visit

For more information, contact Kristin Anderson at the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699 or


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