CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will present more than $1 million in grants to help 45 arts organizations across the state expand their programs.

“These grants help support our community-based art programs, providing opportunities for all West Virginians to experience both visual and performing arts,” Tomblin said. “Showcasing our state’s beauty, the arts provide our people with an outlet for creative expression.”

Wednesday’s presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Governor’s Reception Room at the state Capitol.

The Arts Partners and Community Support Project grants, which provide cornerstone financial support for stable community arts organizations in West Virginia, are funded by The National Endowment for the Arts and the West Virginia State Legislature, and administered by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

The West Virginia Commission on the Arts is responsible for reviewing and selecting the grant awardees.
·    ArtsBridge Inc. in Parkersburg, $26,692.
·    Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, $62,032.
·    Charleston Ballet in Charleston, $39,850.
·    Clay Center for Arts and Sciences in Charleston, $94,763.
·    Greenbrier Valley Repertory Theatre Company in Lewisburg, $67,515.
·    Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, $86,930.
·    Morgan Arts Council in Berkeley Springs, $29,400.
·    Oglebay Institute in Wheeling, $90,507.
·    Parkersburg Art Center in Parkersburg, $34,006.
·    Randolph County Community Arts Center in Elkins, $30,952.
·    West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston, $83,360.
·    Wheeling Symphony in Wheeling, $63,335.

The Community Arts Support winners are:
·    American Conservation Film Festival Inc. in Shepherdstown, $10,000.
·    Art and Humanities Alliance in Shepherdstown, $6,000.
·    ArtsLink Inc. in New Martinsville, $18,643. 
·    Arthurdale Heritage Inc. in Arthurdale, $800. 
·    Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, $25,090. 
·    Beckley Area Foundation in Beckley, $4,000. 
·    Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, $3,150.
·    Charles Mathena II Foundation in Princeton, $26,078.
·    Charleston Chamber Music Society in Charleston, $6,446.
·    Charleston Stage Company in Charleston, $8,929.
·    Clarksburg Harrison County Cultural Foundation in Clarksburg, $6,000.
·    Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, $9,275.
·    Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, $4,000. 
·    Fairmont Chamber Music Society in Fairmont, $4,475. 
·    Fairmont State University in Fairmont, $8,000.
·    Friends of Music at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, $7,560.
·    Hampshire County Arts Council in Romney, $3,450.
·    Highland Arts Unlimited Inc. in Keyser, $7,650.
·    Historic Beverly Preservation Inc. in Beverly, $837. 
·    Kanawha Valley FOOTMAD in Charleston, $7,650.
·    Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society in Parkersburg, $10,500. 
·    Northern West Virginia Dance Council in Morgantown, $7,454. 
·    Old Brick Playhouse in Elkins, $6,000. 
·    Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation in Marlinton, $17,400. 
·    River City Youth Ballet Ensemble in Charleston, $2,000.
·    Trillium Performing Arts Collective in Lewisburg, $15,055.
·    Tug Valley Arts Council in Williamson, $8,000.
·    Weirton Area Civic Foundation in Weirton, $3,600.
·    West Virginia Arts Presenters Inc. in Lewisburg, $12,600.
·    West Virginia Art and Craft Guild in Harrisville, $3,415. 
·    West Virginia Dance Company in Beckley, $26,676. 
·    West Virginia University at Parkersburg, $4,500.
·    Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia in Beckley, $18,310. 

For more information, contact Jeff Pierson, director of Arts, Division of Culture and History, at (304) 558-0240 or email him at

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 The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.