Advocacy of West Virginia is a grass roots non-profit organization
representing the state arts community, including (but not limited
to) museums, theatre
companies, orchestras, dance companies, county arts councils, and
individual craftspeople, filmmakers, painters, musicians, potters,
teachers, and volunteers.
established in 1985, its goals are (1) to provide an effective and
unified voice for the arts community of West Virginia and (2) to
educate state legislators and policy makers on the need for continued
and expanded support of the arts in West Virginia. Arts Advocacy
believes strongly that resources directed at organizations and activities
which enhance and contribute to the educational, artistic and cultural
welfare of the citizens of West Virginia constitute a real investment
in the future of our state.
of Arts Advocacy's specific objectives include:
decision makers about the value of arts in our communities
up for our
lawmakers to fund arts programming fairly
budget-makers about the needs of WV's arts community
cooperation throughout the arts community
arts in all forms of media
partnerships with tourism, education, parkways and highways, economic
development, parks and recreation and others
popular support for arts programming
arts a part of community and economic planning
partnerships with civic organizations
critical issues in the arts.
Advocacy is especially interested in increasing public and private
support for the arts. Towards this goal, other objectives include:
in developing state arts budget requests
about other sources of arts funding: foundation grants; corporate
sponsors; hotel/motel tax revenues
funding of quality art programs throughout the state
the idea that the arts are good for business and economic development
accountability in arts funding
cultural tourism in West Virginia
and networking is also an extremely important aspect of the mission
of Arts Advocacy of West Virginia. The organization's communication
with arts groups and artists throughout West Virginia
members informed about legislative issues and policy decisions
and send legislative updates and action alerts
when needed - and spread the word in support of the arts
other arts advocates, sharing technical assistance and information.
of Arts Advocacy's Accomplishments:
work of Arts Advocacy has resulted in millions of dollars in grants
projects to arts organizations and individual artists over the
past two decades.
of the Cultural Facilities and Capitol Resource grant program,
which directs over $1 million annually into major capitol projects
throughout the state.
of three major Arts Assemblies in the past decade (Berkeley Springs,
Parkersburg and Wheeling)
of Arts Action, a statewide initiative to provide resources for
arts education programs in every county throughout West Virginia.
of arts programming funding from the state at a stable level.
This is a significant achievement considering that funding sources
have diminished at the national level and in many other states.
Board of Directors
Jeanne Mozier, Vice President
Kathleen McDermott, Secretary
President, Oglebay Institute
Betty King, Treasurer
Vice President of Education & Operations, West Virginia Symphony
Executive Director, Carnegie Hall
Executive Director, Monongalia Arts Center
Executive Director, Tamarack Foundation
Executive Director, Craftworks at Cool Spring
Executive VP & Chief Academic Officer, New River Community & Technical College
Margaret Mary Layne, Secretary
Executive Director, Huntington Museum of Art
The Riffraff Arts Collective
Parkersburg Art Center
Advocacy Chair, West Virginia Music Educators Association