LEWISBURG (WVDN) – Greenbrier Valley Theatre, a local pillar of the arts community, hosted the Governor’s Arts Caravan on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
This was the second stop on a weeklong tour throughout the state. This opportunity served as a chance for local and neighboring county arts organizations to come together and learn about state grant funding from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History. Curator Randall Reid-Smith and grant advisors from the WVDACH presented the event.
Also in attendance was West Virginia First Lady, Cathy Justice, making a special visit with the students attending the GVT summer camp courses. Delegate Mike Honaker spoke about the importance of the Greenbrier Valley community and how the arts help to attract new visitors to the area.
Representatives from GVT, Carnegie Hall, West Virginia Dance Company, High Rocks, and other organizations were presented with new and upcoming grant opportunities and ways to find funding for different projects throughout the year. As more focus has been put on the importance of the arts in education, as evidenced by Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) becoming STEAM, this gathering served as an important reminder of how to receive support from the state level.
Arts organizations continue to be innovative, exploratory, and cutting edge while welcoming in new and returning patrons, the Governor’s Arts Caravan served as an excellent reminder of why arts matter in a community.