TCAC awarded grants to offer workshop scholarships

GRAFTON— The Taylor County Arts Council is pleased to announce that they have received a grant for three upcoming projects.

This grant program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with the approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The grant will allow the TCAC to offer two workshops, which include pottery and stained glass. The stained glass workshop will be four sets of two-hour classes.

In addition, the grant will allow the TCAC to award a $1,000 Grand Prize to the winner of their 21st Annual Memorial Day Juried Fine Arts Exhibit in May.

The pottery workshop will be held in a set of four classes, with the first to take place on Tuesday, April 11 at Gallery 62 West, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The remaining pottery classes will be held on April 18, 25 and May 9, as well.

No dates have been set for the stained glass workshops at this time. However, dates will provided as soon as they become available.

According to the TCAC, five full and 15 partial scholarships will be offered, for both of the workshops thanks to the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The cost of the pottery workshop will range from no cost to $60, or $55 for TCAC members. The stained glass class cost will be $50, or $47 for council members. The cost includes all materials and instruction.

The members of the TCAC released a statement of appreciation and excitement saying, “The wonderful, selfless volunteers of the Taylor County Arts Council have tried to build educational and enjoyable programs, workshops and classes through the years, as well as provide access to the arts at home in our community.”

“There have been many Annual Juried Art Exhibits with lesser prizes, but outstanding works of art displayed. It means so much to our volunteers to be able to offer partial or full scholarships for the workshops and a befitting Grand Prize for our Annual Memorial Day juried Arts Exhibit. Our growth is showing, and we appreciate this opportunity made possible by the WV Division of Culture and History, WV Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts,” the council concluded.

To reserve a spot for either of the upcoming workshops, please contact TCAC member Holly Hill at 304-376-5066.