CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Audiences in five West Virginia cities will have the
opportunity to experience contemporary arts performances through a state
partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. A schedule of events is
“The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has been providing exceptional programs in
performing arts throughout our region since 1979,” said West Virginia Division
of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith. “We are proud to
partner with this organization in its mission to support artists, increase
access to arts programming and encourage more participation in cultural
programs that present audiences with international arts programs.”
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History supports the foundation
through its annual membership and by participating on the foundation’s board of
directors through the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
“This partnership is invaluable to our arts community and to the residents of
West Virginia,” said John Strickland, West Virginia Commission on the Arts
chair. “It allows arts and education venues to bring in performances that might
not be available to them in any other way.”
Commissioner Reid-Smith noted that the Mid Atlantic Arts
Foundation has the same vision for arts that the division has. “The
foundation believes that art is essential, that it has the power to transform
individuals and communities, and in so doing helps define our society. This
fits perfectly with our mission.”
division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, is an agency within the
Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle Manchin, cabinet
secretary. It 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.
of upcoming Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation funded events:
West Virginia State University, Institute, W.Va.
an a cappella ensemble of young women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who sing mostly
Zimbabwean songs in a traditional, imbube, style with influences of gospel,
Afro-Jazz, and recently, soul.
Hall, Lewisburg, W.Va.
Theater, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Thursday, Nov. 16
New Martinsville, W.Va.
SOLE Defined creates a “Percussical,” an
innovative twist on the traditional musical with its integration of percussive
dance and multi-media with acting and si
Saturday, Nov. 18
County Opera House Foundation Inc., Marlinton, W.Va.
Andean music has been played in South
America for thousands of years and continues to be played from Colombia to
Tierra del Fuego, and none play it better than the four Lopez
brothers—Fernando, Luis, Bolivar and Jorge—as Andes Manta.