Justice announces nine grants at Huntington’s Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – During a signing ceremony on Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice joined West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History (WVDACH) Curator Randall Reid-Smith in presenting nine grants to arts organizations from the surrounding area at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington.

The awarded grants include:

Arts Partners – The Arts Partners grant program provides operating support for staffing and programming to stable, long-standing arts organizations with full-time staff and operating budgets of at least $100,000. This funding allows them to further their missions and provide high-quality arts programming to their communities. 

  • Huntington Museum of Art will receive $66,941 for general operating support.

Community Arts Project Support The Community Arts Project Support grant program provides funding for nonprofit organizations and local governments to provide arts programming in all disciplines to the public. Categories include presenting artists, performing artists, visual arts, media arts and folk and traditional arts.

  • First Stage Theatre Company will receive $18,304 for support for the 2023-24 session of performances.

Creative Aging for Lifelong Learning – The Creative Aging grant program provides support for individual artists, schools, local governments, and 501(c)(3) organizations to carry out projects that teach a new skill in the arts to a group of adults.

  • First Stage Theatre Company will receive $1,875 for support for the 2023-24 session of performances.

Cultural Facilities – The Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources grant program provides funding for building and renovation projects at arts facilities and history museums. West Virginia is one of only 11 states to have a brick-and-mortar grant program. Every dollar awarded is matched with local dollars and employs local people in the design, building, and construction trades. 

  • Huntington Children’s Museum will receive $48,274.49 for Arts & STEAM interactives in the museum.

Professional Development for Artists – Provides funding for individual artists to expand or improve their work or share their expertise with others. 

  • Joseph Cox will receive $1,900 to purchase a printing press.
  • Alexander Lee will receive $2,500 for travel expenses to perform and teach in Romania.
  • Kyle Jacob Dyer will receive $2,092 to attend the AIGA National Design Conference.

Legislative Line Items – Line item funding from the Lottery Education Fund included in the state budget bill.

  • Huntington Symphony will receive $59,058.
  • Marshall Artist Series will receive $36,005.
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