Taylor County Arts Council to host WV Division of Culture and History


GRAFTON—The Taylor County Arts Council would like to announce that they will be hosting the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) Arts Section at Gallery 62 West, on Thursday, November 16, as part of the division’s 2017 fall listening tour.

The session will begin at 5:30 p.m., and according to the WVDCH, members of the division’s art section staff will be on hand to discuss how the state and federal arts funds are spent within the state of West Virginia in order to support new and existing art programs in communities around the state.

The Grafton listening tour, which last for approximately an hour and a half, is free and open to all residents of north central West Virginia counties. In fact, public attendance is highly encouraged by the WVDCH.

“It is important for the Division of Culture and History to hear from the art communities, as well as residents about what is happening with the arts un their communities, along with sharing ideas that they might have for programming,” shared WVDCH commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.

Smith believes that that information gathered from the listening tour will help the organization work to improve art programs that are being offered, and develop new programs and policies for grants that they administer to the community, as well as grant funding for schools and individual artists.

“The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has been a key component to the success and improvements of Gallery 62 West. Without their funding assistance, it would be possible to hold the workshops that we do,” expressed TCAC member Holly Hill.

Throughout the duration of the session, the arts section staff will provide discussion questions to begin conversations among the group. The State Arts Plan and the programs and services offered by the division will also be included in the session.

For more information about the listening tour, please contact Debbie Haught at 304-558-0240, extension 714 or send an email to [email protected] For additional information on the Taylor County Arts Council, contact Beth Flanery at 304-903-8094 for email [email protected]

Additionally, the WVDCH will also have a tour stop at the Welch Public Library, on Thursday November 9, beginning at 4:30 p.m. This stop is open to all residents of West Virginia’s southern counties.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is proud to be able to present its programs at no charge to the public. However, representatives from the WVDCH reported that without a solution to the state’s budget situation, this could be the last year that programs of this type are offered.

The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, is an agency within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle Manchin, cabinet secretary. It brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org.

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