ELKINS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) will hold its annual public comment meeting from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Great Hall of the Randolph Community Arts Center, corner of Park and Randolph streets in Elkins. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the meeting is to give citizens the opportunity to address members of the Commission and to make recommendations related to the arts programs administered through the arts section of the WVDCH. “Information may be presented to the Commission either in writing ahead of time or in person at the meeting,” said Jeff Pierson, director of arts.

Those who address the Commission in person should limit their presentations to 10 minutes. Registration is not required; however, presentations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until all the 10-minute slots are full. Interested parties are encouraged to call in advance to facilitate scheduling of speakers. Individuals who plan to appear before the Commission should submit their comments in writing at registration on Nov. 14.

Anyone who cannot attend the meeting or does not wish to speak publicly may submit written comments by Friday, Nov. 9. Written comments may be sent to the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, The Culture Center, Arts Section, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E., Charleston, W.Va. 25305.

For more information about the public meeting, directions, or to register to appear, contact Pierson at (304) 558-0240 or email him at

The WVCA serves as a citizen advisory board to the division. The group provides guidance in the establishment of a state arts plan, and approves and distributes grants-in-aid and awards from federal and state funds.

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.

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