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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu to Visit West Virginia December 12-13, 2016

Washington, DC –Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will visit West Virginia from December 12-13, 2016.  Chairman Chu will visit the Fine Arts Academy at Cabell Midland High School, VH1 Save The Music Foundation program at Barboursville Middle School, and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. Chairman Chu will also give the keynote address at the Arts in Our Communities 2016 Conference hosted by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. 

On Monday, December 12, Chairman Chu will tour the Fine Arts Academy at Cabell Midland High School in Ona, where she will observe student performances, interact with teachers and faculty, and learn about the important role of arts education.

Next, Chairman Chu will visit Barboursville Middle School. In 2012, Barboursville Middle School was selected to receive stringed instruments valued at $35,000 from VH1 Save The Music Foundation and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Chairman Chu will watch a student string concert and learn about VH1’s commitment to help schools across the country incorporate music as a core educational tool for students.

Later, Chairman Chu will tour the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston. The Clay Center is an arts facility that houses performing arts, visual arts, and sciences, inspiring creativity, learning, and wonder. In FY 2015, the Clay Center was awarded a $10,000 grant from the NEA to support an exhibition and public engagement program featuring Los Angeles-based muralist and sculptor Mark Licari. 

On Tuesday, December 13, Chairman Chu will give a keynote address at the Arts in Our Communities 2016 Conference hosted by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Chairman Chu will discuss her leadership initiative Creativity Connects, and the agency’s efforts to ensure every community has access to the arts.

Media should contact Judith Kargbo at kargboj@arts.gov  or Caryn Gresham at Caryn.S.Gresham@wv.gov if they would like to attend any of the site visits or request an interview with Chairman Chu.

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th anniversary celebration, the NEA created a story bank of multimedia content to showcase the impact of the arts. To date, hundreds of people from across the country, including West Virginia and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, have submitted stories about how the arts and the National Endowment for the Arts have impacted their lives.                       


Monday, December 12, 2016

9:00AM- 10:30AM             Site visit to Cabell Midland High School   

Location:                             

2300 U.S. 60/15, Ona, WV 25545

Participants:                      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Lloyd McGuffin, principal, Cabell Midland High School  

Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner, WV Division of Culture and History

Dr. William Smith, county school superintendent, Cabell County

Gayle Manchin, First Lady of West Virginia from 2005-2010

Chiho Feindler, senior director of program and policy, VH1 Save The Music Foundation


10:30AM –10:45AM         Media Availability with NEA Chairman Jane Chu  

Location:                          

Cabell Midland High School

2300 U.S. 60/15, Ona, WV 25545


11:00AM- 11:30AM        Site visit to VH1 Save The Music Foundation program at Barboursville Middle School    

Location:                             

1400 Central Avenue, Barboursville, WV 25504

Participants:                      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Chiho Feindler, senior director of programs and policy, VH1 Save The Music Foundation

 Brent Jarrell, principal, Barboursville Middle School

 Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, First Lady, State of West Virginia

 Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner, WV Division of Culture and History


11:35AM –11:50AM         Media Availability with NEA Chairman Jane Chu    

Location:                          

Barboursville Middle School  

1400 Central Avenue, Barboursville, WV 25504


4:30PM- 5:45PM                  Site Visit to the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

Location:                             

1 Clay Square, Charleston, WV 25301

Participants:                        

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Al Najaar, president, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, First Lady State, West Virginia

Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner, WV Division of Culture and History


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

12:00PM- 1:30PM             Keynote at “Arts in Our Communities” 2016 Conference  

Location:                             

Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV 25305

Participants:                      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts


1:30PM –1:45PM             Media Availability with NEA Chairman Jane Chu  

Location:                         

Culture Center

900 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV 25305   


About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through 2016.

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Contact

Judith Kargbo (NEA Public Affairs), kargboj@arts.gov, (202) 682-5528
Caryn S. Gresham (WV Division of Culture and History) caryn.s.gresham@wv.gov, (304) 558-0220

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