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More than $1.26M in grants awarded across state

The West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History recently awarded more than $1.26 million in competitive grants to 55 organizations and 25 individual artists across the state. Individual artists, nonprofit arts and community organizations, public educational institutions, school boards, local or county government agencies and colleges and universities are eligible for these funds, which are provided by the West Virginia Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The State Historic Preservation Office, part of the Division of Culture and History, also awarded $469,000 in development-grant funds for 19 projects involving the restoration and rehabilitation of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The arts grants include:

Greenbrier County Schools, Lewisburg: $27,745 for artist/professional fees, lodging, study guides, and transportation for students for “Spotlight on Schools” and “Creative Classrooms.”

High Rocks Educational Corporation, Hillsboro: $9,560 for artist/professional fees, travel costs, supplies, and materials for “Camp Steele Arts Programming,” “New Beginnings Arts Programming” and “Song School.”

Kanawha County Schools, Charleston: $5,000 for contracted artist/professional fees for “Earth’s Quilt: Common Threads” tour.

Marshall County Schools, Moundsville: $12,050 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for “Exploring the Curriculum and Imagination through Dance and Poetry.”

Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society, Parkersburg: $10,500 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for Young People’s Concerts, including “Rumpelstiltskin” and “Tubby the Tuba.”

The Old Brick Playhouse Company, Elkins: $15,000 for contracted artist/professional fees and project supplies/materials for “Textitude — An Adventure in Positive Thinking” school tour.

West Virginia Professional Dance Company, Beckley: $15,000 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for “Earth’s Quilt: Common Threads” tour.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Inc., Charleston: $5,000 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for “Life Is Better With Music: Montclair String Quartet Tour FY2015.”

West Virginia Youth Symphony, Charleston: $4,800 for contracted artist/professional fees for instruction in sectional and chamber ensembles.

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston: $10,000 for “The Great Gatsby Theatre Outreach Project.”

Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington: $10,000 for “Ansel Adams: Masterworks.”

Oglebay Institute, Wheeling: $7,500 for “The Lawrence Project.”

ArtsBridge Inc., Parkersburg: $27,755

Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg: $71,651

Charleston Ballet, Charleston: $34,852

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston: $113,748

Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg: $63,022

Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington: $99,940

Morgan Arts Council, Berkeley Springs: $18,439

Oglebay Institute, Wheeling: $78,825

Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg: $30,211

Randolph County Community Arts Council, Elkins: $31,279

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Charleston: $89,514

Wheeling Symphony Society, Wheeling: $65,190

Carnegie Hall Inc., Lewisburg: $10,000 for the first Lewisburg Music Festival set for July 26, 2014.

Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg: $3,091 for a school touring program, “Providing Access to Theatre Arts.”

Morgan Arts Council Inc., Berkeley Springs: $10,250 for Engage Berkeley Springs, a pilot project that will document the transformation of Berkeley Springs through murals, mosaics, and sculpture.

The Old Brick Playhouse Company, Elkins: $10,000 for development of original cultural history productions on board the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad excursion trains.

Wheeling Symphony Society, Wheeling: $7,350 for family-oriented, pre-concert events and workshops focusing on the importance of classical music in animation.

American Conservation Film Festival Inc., Shepherdstown: $7,200 to help pay the salary of a part-time festival coordinator.

Arthurdale Heritage Inc., Arthurdale: $850 to help pay musicians to play live music during the New Deal Festival in July.

Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, Shepherdstown: $6,000 for a re-granting program that funds innovative arts, music and humanities projects in Jefferson County’s public schools.

ArtsLink Inc., New Martinsville: $18,470 to help support the 2015 Missoula Children’s Theater program.

Arts Monongahela, Morgantown: $2,700 for a regranting program for arts organizations and artists.

Beckley Area Foundation, Beckley: $4,000 to help pay musicians’ fees for a free Labor Day weekend concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Charles Mathena II Foundation, Princeton: $17,258 to help pay for its 2014 concert series.

Charleston Chamber Music Society, Charleston: $6,931 to help pay artists fees to Carpe Diem String Quartet, Red Priest and Garth Newel Piano Quartet.

Clarksburg Harrison County Cultural Foundation, Clarksburg: $5,400 for a re-granting program that benefits the Chanticleer Children’s Chorus, Studio for the Performing Arts, West Virginia Black Heritage Festival, West Virginia Jazz Society, Fort New Salem, Shinnston Community Band and the Clarksburg Harrison Public Library.

Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shepherdstown: $19,774 to help pay fees to stage directors, actors and designers involved in the theater’s upcoming season.

Davis & Elkins College, Elkins: $18,092 to help pay fees for master artists to conduct workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center.

Fairmont Chamber Music Society, Fairmont: $4,100 to help pay artists’ fees to the West Virginia University Piano Quartet, Richter UIzer Duo, Zodiak Trio and Mana Saxophone Quartet.

Fairmont State University, Fairmont, Marion County: $7,200 to help pay musicians’ fees for a concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Friends of the Alban Arts and Conference Center, St. Albans: $8,875 to help pay artists’ fees for its upcoming season that includes “Bell, Book and Candle,” “Catch and Release,” “Brilliant Traces,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Copenhagen,” and “Legend of Sleeping Beauty.”

Highland Arts Unlimited Inc., Keyser: $10,650 to help pay for concerts featuring the Potomac Concert Band, Brian Gurl’s “Manilow, Joel and the Beatles Rediscovered” and Latshaw Productions’ “Christmas Memories” as well as the American Family Theater’s production of “Cinderella.”

Historic Beverly Preservation Inc., Beverly: $1,845 to help provide traditional music and artisan demonstrations during Beverly Heritage Days in July and the Beverly Old-Fashioned Christmas in December, and music during Rhythm and Wine in August.

Kanawha Valley FOOTMAD, Charleston: $10,000 to help pay the salary of a part-time arts administrator to manage activities, projects and initiatives, and artists’ fees for its 2015 concert series.

Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society, Parkersburg: $12,000 to help pay musicians’ fees for a concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Morgan Arts Council, Berkeley Springs: $15,000 to help pay the salary and benefits for an events & facilities coordinator assigned to help expand art experiences at the newly renovated Ice House art and community center and optimize its revenue-generating capacity.

Northern West Virginia Dance Council, Morgantown: $9,362 to help pay for dancers, costume directors and other costs associated with its productions of “Snow Queen” and “Snow White.”

Old Brick Playhouse, Elkins: $4,500 to help pay the salaries of a part-time education development associate and a part-time arts development associate who work primarily with its Polar Express excursion train.

Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation, Marlinton: $11,105 to pay artists’ fees for its 2014-15 performance series.

Randolph County Community Arts Council, Elkins: $11,250 to help pay the salary of a program support specialist to assist in the art center’s daily operations.

River Cities Symphony Orchestra, Parkersburg: $8,559 to help pay musicians’ fees for two educational concerts, a fall concert, a joint concert of the River Cities Symphony Orchestra and Marietta College choruses, and its annual pops concert.

Trillium Performing Arts Collective, Lewisburg: $16,580 to help pay for choreographers, videographer, guest artists and other stage personnel for its concert series of dance and movement, Trillium Performing Youth program and two educational workshops.

Weirton Area Civic Foundation, Weirton: $3,600 to help pay musicians fees for Wheeling Symphony concert.

West Virginia Artists & Craftsmen’s Guild, Harrisville: $3,207 to help pay costs associated with its 10th biennial guild juried competition.

West Virginia Jazz Society Inc., Weston: $2,385 to help pay artists’ fees to musicians who will be performing at the Bridgeport Jazz Festival.

West Virginia Professional Dance Company, Beckley: $17,500 to help pay for composers, dancers and choreographers involved with its new educational touring show, “Earth’s Quilt — Common Threads.”

West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Parkersburg: $6,369 to help pay artists’ fees for concerts and workshops featuring the men’s vocal ensemble Cantus and Sô Percussion.

Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, Beckley: $23,655 to help pay expenses for an exhibit titled “In Centuries of Childhood: An American Story” and another one titled “Science and Art.”

Lunar Stratagem, Huntington: $3,000 for its “Page to Stage Literacy Project.”

Monroe Arts Alliance, Union: $1,500 for its student/mentor arts scholarship program.

Preston Community Arts Center, Kingwood: $2,900 for its “Laurel Mountain Coffee House” series.

Theatre de Jeunesse, Parkersburg: $1,230 for Youth Theatre Project’s production of “Camelot.”

Tri-State Arts Association, Huntington: $2,150 for its juried exhibition 2014.

West Virginia International Film Festival, Charleston: $3,000 for its spring and fall festival series.

West Virginia Storytelling Guild, Morgantown: $3,000 for “Speak: Shepherdstown Storytelling Series.”

Norma Jean Acord, Fairdale: $2,466 to purchase an electric pottery kiln and a banding wheel.

Lee Badger, Hedgesville: $1,280 to purchase a reversible ingot mold and metal rolling mill to create nonstandard working stock in his art metal studio.

Roger Banks, Morgantown: $1,641 to attend the 2014 American Alliance for Theatre and Education conference and pay annual memberships to three professional organizations.

James Biggs, Princeton: $1,317 to purchase an entry-level 3-D printer and 3-D print filament to create silicone molds for lost-wax aluminum castings for use in his mixed-media sculptures.

Cristofer Botkin, Nitro: $2,416 to purchase a Hobart Ironman 230 MIG Welder and spool gun that will enable him to create larger sculptures as well as a planer, jointer and mortising machine to make finely crafted furniture and other wood projects.

Sarah C. Brown, Buckhannon: $1,875 to take a class at Penland School of Crafts and purchase rubber-based ink and paper.

Amber Carman, Huttonsville: $2,500 to purchase a torch with hanger and Fenton Glass frit and cullet, and batch.

Christopher L. Clark, Princeton: $2,500 to buy a MacBook Pro and Apple Thunderbolt display to create larger illustrations and stage sets.

Jeff Fetty, Spencer: $2,405 to travel with an apprentice to Faizabad in northern India to work with local smiths in creating a sculpture and to research and photograph traditional blacksmiths in that region for later publication.

Charlene Cooper Fulton, Charleston: $1,574 to attend a five-day quilting workshop, “Abstracting from Nature,” being taught by Jane Sassaman at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops.

Rebecca Hill, Elkins: $2,448 to attend the DC Tap Festival and take private tap-dancing lessons at the Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

Mary Hott, Berkeley Springs: $2,500 to attend Circlesongs, a seven-day workshop on improvisational singing techniques conducted by musician Bobby McFerrin.

Christine P. Keller, Buckhannon: $1,193 to purchase an electric pottery kiln, cutters, and other accessories.

John Kelly, Berkeley Springs: $2,500 to purchase a Canon XF305 professional camcorder for an online art series that profiles West Virginia artists.

Simon Oliver Lollis, Hillsboro: $2,500 to purchase a 25-ton hydraulic forging metal press and heat-treating furnace to produce Damascus billets for knives.

Catherine V. Moore, Fayetteville: $2,155 to purchase a MacBook Pro, computer software and online training to advance her use of audio in documentaries.

Linda S. Rhodes, Culloden: $571 to purchase glass-fusing equipment.

Diane Sanders, Parkersburg: $2,500 to buy a Nikon digital camera and battery grip for improved focus, depth of field, color and clarity of her photographs.

Stuart P. Strong, Elkins: $2,500 to purchase a dust-collection system for his woodshop.

Benjamin Townsend, Romney: $2,126 to take fiddle lessons from Nora Friedman in New York.

The Tamarack Foundation, Charleston: $4,528 to host a workshop to help West Virginia artists hone their marketing skills, product-development strategies and more with an emphasis on the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, which is known for its successful retail market expansion.

Cara Wallace, Morgantown: $2,500 to attend the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum teacher certification seminar in New York City.

Sarah L. Walters, Davis: $2,282 to purchase soldering and metal-forming equipment, and an air-filtration system for her metal-smithing studio.

Lucas Warner, Hendricks: $700 to travel as an apprentice under Jeff Fetty to Faizabad in northern India to work with local smiths in creating a sculpture.

Jennifer Wilson, Morgantown: $1,575 for members of the Jenny Wilson Trio to study under jazz master Hal Galper in New York.

Henry H. Ullman, Buckhannon: $2,362 to purchase a bowl-coring system, larger chunks and tooling.

The historic preservation grants include:

Adaland Mansion Development Inc., Philippi: $25,450 to repair masonry and the basement wall at Adaland.

Gallery 191, Sutton: $3,850 to assist with masonry repair to the front facade of the Masons Building.

Carnegie Hall Inc., Lewisburg: $37,922 to assist with masonry repair at Carnegie Hall.

Donald and Marie Davis, Charles Town: $7,525 to assist with window, lentil, sill and chimney repair on the main building of The Carriage Inn B&B.

David Michael McMillion, Shepherdstown: $5,050 to assist with roof, chimney, snowguards and gutter repair at the Robinson-Tabb House.

G. Roger and Bonita Tingley, Charles Town: $19,750 to assist with the repair/replacement of the roof and gutters of the Dr. A.O. Albin House.

Crawford Holdings LLC, Charleston: $78,437 to assist with replacing the roof at the Staats Building.

City of Fairmont: $47,850 to assist with repairing/replacing the roof of the Fairmont Fire Station.

Woman’s Club of Fairmont: $5,000 to assist with repairing chimneys at the Thomas Fleming Hous.

Mercer County Commission, Princeton: $46,200 to assist with replacing the roof of the Mercer County Courthouse.

City of Williamson, $36,925 to assist with repairing the roof of the Williamson Field House.

Hendershot Properties LLC, Wheeling: $36,961 to assist with masonry repointing and repair of windows at the Flaccus Brothers Building.

Patrick and Nikki Lenz, Wheeling: $3,276 to assist with replacing the floor joists at the Fischer-Lasch Farmhouse.

Market Street Now, Wheeling: $25,475 to assist with repairing the roof and replacing the skylight at The Professional Building.

Pocahontas County Historical Society, Marlinton: $34,872 to assist with replacing the roof on the Pocahontas County Museum.

City of Elkins/Kump House Trust, Elkins: $10,010 to assist with drainage issues at the Kump House.

Mountain Plex Properties LLC, Hinton: $25,221 to assist with repairing the windows at the Hotel McCreery.

Parsons Revitalization Organization Inc., Parson: $9,122 to assist with replacing the roof of the Tucker County Bank Building.

Bekki Leight, Buckhannon: $10,104 to assist with replacing the roof of the Milkint Building.


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