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Arts Day at the Capitol to be held on Feb. 6

The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts will host “Arts Day at the Capitol” at the State Capitol Complex on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event celebrates the vitality of the arts in West Virginia; the impact the arts has on cultural growth, economic development and education; and how the arts brings together artists, arts organizations and art enthusiasts from across the state.

There will be information tables, performances and demonstrations in the rotunda of the State Capitol. Participants will include Appalachian Fiddlers of Charleston; Doris Fields of Beckley, a jazz musician; Bonni McKeown of Charleston, a blues musician; Scoil Damsha of Jane Lew, a traditional Irish dance group; West Virginia Storytellers Guild, based in Thomas; small ensembles of the West Virginia Symphony, from both Charleston and Parkersburg; and more.

In addition, several schools and arts organizations, as well as individual artists, will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions. These groups include the Actors Guild of Parkersburg, Allied Artists, Appalachian Education Initiative, Carnegie Hall, Inc., Charleston Stage Company, the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Huntington Museum of Art, MountainMade, Mountain Whispers, Museum in the Community, Tyler County High School and Wahana High School.

For more information about “Arts Day at the Capitol,” contact the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s director of arts Richard Ressmeyer, or Jeff Pierson, individual artist coordinator, at (304) 558-0240.

The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Department of Arts, Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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