The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, in collaboration with the West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA), will conduct statewide listening tours and grant writing workshops throughout the fall of 2011. The free meetings and workshops will be hosted by local organizations in eight locations across the state. The annual Public Policy Meeting will be in Buckhannon on Nov. 10.
The arts listening tour provides community members with the opportunity to be part of the conversation that will help determine how state and federal arts dollars will be spent to support arts programs in their towns.
Arts administrators, arts educators, artists, arts consumers and the general public are invited to participate in these informal discussions. The arts staff will use the information gathered to develop new programs and policies for grants available to communities, schools and individual artists through state and federal funding.
The grant writing meetings offer an overview of program deadlines, tips and timelines for success, and procedures for applications. New initiatives and programs to support local arts projects, changes in current guidelines affecting fiscal year 2013 applicants, and how to plan for grant services also will be discussed.
“With the help of local hosts, we can reach the most people and have more impact in each community. We appreciate these hosts for assisting with bringing this valuable workshop to their communities,” said Jeff Pierson, director of arts for the Division.
A complete list of the free arts listening tour meetings and the grant writing workshops is attached.
Participants for the grant writing workshops should pre-register at least one week before the session date. For more information, or to pre-register, contact Debbie Haught, community arts coordinator for the Division, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 714, or e-mail her at [email protected].
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, 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. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
2011 Arts Listening Tour and Grant Writing Workshop Schedule
Wednesday, Sept. 14
Friday, Sept. 16
Saturday, Sept. 17
Monday, Sept. 19
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Tuesday, Oct. 4
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Thursday, Nov. 3
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Thursday, Nov. 10
Monday, Nov. 14
Tuesday, Nov. 15