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in Elkins, West Virginia



Kurt barkley, Executive director

After graduating from West Virginia University where he was a member of The Pride of West Virginia, Kurt lived and worked in Baltimore and Philadelphia.  He also lived and taught English, Literature, and Shakespeare at a college and a university in China.  Kurt is a lifelong supporter of and participant in the arts, as an avid musician and Shakespeare fanatic.  You can usually find him at The Arts Center.


The Arts Center

The Executive Director and the Arts Coordinator are ready to assist you in your search for arts opportunities.


Dani cade, Arts Coordinator

As the Arts Coordinator, it is my goal to provide a quality arts program and an unforgettable experience for the student. As a graduate in the arts, I know the important role art plays in everyday life. Art gives you a chance to create, explore and grow. Science proves that art heals us physically, emotionally and mentally. Art is power! 
When art is incorporated into life, it connects and aids in areas such as reading, numbers, imagery etc. Arts integration is important with core learning subjects, which are lacking in the primary schools. Art is vital to growth in neural development from infancy into adult hood. 
If you have any questions about our art programs, classes/workshops, or exhibitss, please connect with me. I look forward to seeing you in the next art class! ~ Dani




The volunteers at The Arts Center are a large part of the team! If interested in volunteer work, click here for details. Our events, concerts, and fundraiser bring our team together for evenings of fun!

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