Artsbridge helps art programs around WV

September 4, 2018

PARKERSBURG - The annual Artsbridge Fund Drive kicked off Saturday, Sept. 1. The Artsbridge mission statement states: “Igniting the Arts within the Mid-Ohio Valley.”

The newest and fastest growing program is called ArtCart. Kate Esbenshade Hushion, an Art teacher at Parkersburg High School developed this program. ArtCart is an in-school, weekly art instruction time for fourth graders. Of the nineteen elementary schools in Wood County, only one of them has an Art teacher. The program started with one school three years ago and in this short time we have expanded into nine elementary schools.

There is a variety of Arts Education programs which includes such programs as Arts Tours and Catalog Artists for the elementary students, Arts Encounter for middle school students, Art shows and openings for students and adults in our lobby space, and Very Spectacular Arts Festival for hundreds of special needs students. We also provide community events such as free summer music concerts at City Park and Southwood Park in Parkersburg and the Market Street Merchants & Artists Walks.

Artsbridge has been in existence since 1986 and has funded programs through the support of local individuals and businesses. The program’s new Executive Director, Amanda Stevens , is excited to see what new projects and programs we can take on in the future. She is following Jane Irvine, who is retiring after bringing Artsbridge to new levels of vibrancy and productivity. Artsbridge maintains a user-friendly website with a full and up-to-date calendar of Arts events.

For more information, follow Artsbridge Facebook’s page or donate directly to PO Box 1706 Parkersburg, WV 26102, or via their website, artsbridgeonline.org.

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