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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
Listening Tour Meeting
Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Union
Host: Monroe Arts Alliance
Monroe County Public Library
Box 558/Rt. 219
Contact: Judith Bair
(304) 772-4568

Friday, Sept. 16
Grant Writing Workshop
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Clarksburg
Host: Clarksburg Harrison Cultural Council
Waldomore
404 West Pike Street
Contacts: Ian Ruddick, Dolores Yoke
(304) 622-0957
[email protected]
[email protected]

Saturday, Sept. 17
Listening Tour Meeting
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Clarksburg
Host: Clarksburg Harrison Cultural Council
Waldomore
404 West Pike Street
Contacts: Ian Ruddick, Dolores Yoke
(304) 622-0957
[email protected]
[email protected]

Monday, Sept. 19
Listening Tour Meeting
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
New Martinsville
Host: ArtsLink, Inc.
Francis Creative Arts Center
141 Main Street
Contact: Eric Vincent
(304) 455-2278
[email protected]

Tuesday, Sept. 20
Grant Writing Workshop
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
New Martinsville
Host: ArtsLink, Inc.
Francis Creative Arts Center
141 Main Street
Contact: Eric Vincent
(304) 455-2278
[email protected]

Tuesday, Oct. 4
Listening Tour Meeting
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Fayetteville
Host: Historic Fayette Theatre
115 South Court Street
Contact: Christy Ingram
(304) 575-6421
[email protected]

Wednesday, Oct. 5
Listening Tour Meeting
Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Rowlesburg
Host: Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee
The Janet and Imre Szilagyi
     Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
Rt. 72, Catherine and Buffalo streets
Contacts: Katie Wolfe-Orescanin
(304) 454-9232
[email protected]
Shirley Hartley
(304) 329-1240

Thursday, Nov. 3
Listening Tour Meeting
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Point Pleasant
Host: The River Museum
28 Main Street
Contact: Ruth Fout
(304) 674-0144
[email protected]

Wednesday, Nov. 9
Grant Writing Workshop
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Buckhannon
Host: West Virginia Wesleyan College
Greek Alumni Room
59 College Ave.
Contacts: Alisa Lively, Mary Han
(304) 473-8104

Thursday, Nov. 10
Public Policy Meeting
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Buckhannon
Host: West Virginia Wesleyan College
Greek Alumni Room
59 College Ave.
Contacts: Alisa Lively, Mary Han
(304) 473-8104

Monday, Nov. 14
Listening Tour Meeting
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Charles Town
Host: Old Opera House
240 N. George Street
Contact: Steven Brewer
(304) 725-4420
[email protected]

Tuesday, Nov. 15
Grant Writing Workshop
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Shepherdstown
Host: AHA! of Jefferson County
Shepherd University
Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies
     Multi-purpose Room
Contacts: Julie Siler
(304) 876-8158
[email protected]
Sherry Sykes
(301) 432-2984
[email protected]

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