Fine Arts Forums will Shape Future Direction in Music, Visual Art, Theatre, Dance

September 17, 2001

In an effort to discover what West Virginia students are learning in fine arts education and determine ways to measure achievement, the West Virginia Department of Education will host six evening forums across the state during October and November.  

According to Julia Murin Lee, coordinator of fine arts for the West Virginia Department of Education, the forums are scheduled to give people an opportunity to talk about effective measurement strategies to determine what students are learning in music, visual art, theatre and dance.  

Invited participants include fine arts teachers, students, parents, school administrators, college and university educators, artists, community arts groups and any other interested persons.  

During the forums, organizers will share information about current means of measuring what students are learning in fine arts classes. Participants will be invited to share ideas for future directions. Results of the forums will be presented to the West Virginia Board of Education next spring.  

Registration for all forums will begin at 6:00 p.m. with programs starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. The forums will conclude at 8:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.  

The schedule follows:  

•October 6, Frank Creative Arts Center, Shepherd College, Shepherdstown •October 9, Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley •October 11, Mineral Wells Elementary, Parkersburg •October 16, John XXIII Pastoral Center, Charleston •November 7, Days Inn, Flatwoods •November 8, Fairmont East High School, Fairmont  

For more information, contact Julia Lee, West Virginia Department of Education, 304-558-7805.

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