"We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with West Liberty University," said AEI Executive Director Lou Karas.
"This collaboration will not only provide both AEI
and West Liberty University
with access to new resources, it will also provide opportunities to expand programs and services to support the arts and arts education in West Virginia schools."
Dr. Keely Camden, Dean for the College of Education, and Dr. Bill Baronak, Dean for the College of Arts and Communication at West Liberty University, co-authors with Karas on the grant, are working to involve faculty, staff, students, and the community in this collaborative effort.
"We are privileged to be working with Lou Karas and AEI and are most grateful to the Benedum Foundation for their support of this collaboration and center," said Dr. Keely Camden.
For more information about the new partnership, contact Ms. Karas
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-225-010.
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with VSA," said AEI Executive Director Lou Karas.
"Their priority areas of Education Programs, Professional Development, Cultural Access and Inclusive Arts Services, and Public Awareness and Outreach are complementary to AEI's
work to support the arts and arts education in West Virginia schools."
Over the coming year, AEI
will form a VSA West Virginia Advisory Committee
, conduct several needs assessments, and identify potential partners throughout the state.
In addition, AEI
will integrate VSA information and resources into its existing programs, resources and services.
For more information about AEI and VSA
, contact Karas
at email@example.com or 304-225-0101.
â€œOne of our primary goals at AEI
is to increase awareness of the importance and value that arts education brings to our public school students,â€� said Lou Karas
, AEI executive director. â€œWe are pleased that Chesapeake Energy
chose to partner with us and help us emphasize that arts programs are a necessary component of public education for all students.
To be nominated for the recognition, a student must meet five criteria, according to Karas
A student must: â€¢ Be a junior or senior attending a West Virginia public school
â€¢ Participate on an ongoing basis in a visual or performing arts program and have mastered that art or progressed in the field as a result of school-related activities
â€¢ Be in good academic standing
â€¢ Participate in other extracurricular activities or community activities that do not have to be arts related
â€¢ Demonstrate leadership skills
Students may be nominated by school personnel and community members by completing the nomination form on the AEI web site, www.aeiarts.org or via www.surveymonkey.com/s/student-artist.
Print copies of the nomination form are available by contacting Karas
via Email or calling 304-225-0101.
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111 High Street
Morgantown, WV 26505