Since 1992, ArtsBank has been serving the children of Randolph County, WV with hands-on art experiences for students in every elementary school. After Art teachers were eliminated in 1988 concerned parents, artists and educators formed a group to support a short residency in each elementary school. This popular program brings multimedia experiences such as drawing, painting, collage, drama, movement, creative writing, singing, pottery, puppetry, printmaking and design into the classroom. ArtsBank has had special programs for the middle and high school students at times although currently serves eight elementary school and provides middle school students The Arts and the Earth program.
In 1999, ArtsBank and Randolph County were recognized nationally for being an outstanding program in arts-in-education.
In the 2003-04 school year, the Randolph County Board of Education hired a part-time art teacher to serve five of our area schools. For those schools not served by the art teacher, ArtsBank currently offers an extended arts program in addition to the enrichment support program at underserved elementary schools in the county, both utilizing practicing artists as instructors.
In 2012, ArtsBank initiated and developed a successful program in collaboration with The Mountain Institute called “Earth and the Arts” where seventh grade students spent three days and two nights studying, observing, and researching the West Virginia wilderness at Spruce Knob. This was a collaborative program with The Mountain Institute Staff, local scientists and ArtsBank teaching artists. In September 2012, 2013, and 2014 ArtsBank took students to Spruce knob for a 3 day, 2 night stay at TMI. In the fall of 2015, 2016, and 2017 ArtsBank continued the program in the Fox Forest Wildlife Management Area in Elkins WV as a day program. While there, students engaged in a variety of integrated science and art activities in an out of classroom experiential environment. Last year funding was obtained to expand the program throughout the school year, from the Clay Foundation out of Charleston, WV.
In 2013 and 14, ArtsBank expanded its means of communicating its purpose and students’ achievements through building a website and creating a Facebook page.
Right now, ArtsBank, Inc. is in need of both volunteer and financial support to keep the energy and operations of this county-wide program moving forward and expanding. The largest fundraising event is ArtsBank’s Annual Auction on the last Saturday in February. As an all-volunteer project we find it impressive how generous the artists and community are in both donations and dollars. Your support makes this festive and highly-anticipated fundraiser possible. You can also participate in the RUN for IT fundraising event as an ArtsBank team member!
Arts Bank Inc. is looking forward to the 2018/2019 school year!
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