CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History awarded more than $32,000 in competitive grants to nine artists and five organizations through the Professional Development for Individual Artists and EZ Arts Access grant programs.
The Professional Development for Individual Artists program provides professional and emerging artists with grants to expand or improve their work. Arts organizations that meet the needs of underserved artists by offering programs that help them expand or improve their work also received grants.
The EZ Arts Access program provides support for small communities and organizations with small budgets.
Funds for both grant programs are provided by the West Virginia Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Professional Development grantees are:
· Pam Dianne Curry, Kanawha County, $2,500 to apprentice with Dr. Michael “Mick” Moloney in a musical and cultural heritage study tour of Ireland in May.
The EZ Arts Access grant recipients are:
· Greenbrier Valley Chorale, Greenbrier County, $2,835 to present a spring choral concert featuring county-wide singers at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg and a second community outreach concert at Greenbrier Manor, a local skilled nursing facility.
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.
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