The Clay Center is a 'diamond in the rough' of Charleston, WV. Whenever we have guest from out of State we always take them there for a show, activity, movie, art, Planetarium....Just a lovely place of culture and sophistication, too. LOVE the Theatre! So beautifully designed and not one bad seat in the house. Lovely!
It's shocking that this beautiful venue is in teeny charleston wv. A jewel in the rough is how I would describe. Never in charleston have we had such great cultural activities and variety if artists to see. Typically we were offered country, rock or religious acts but clay center mixes it up and gives us a huge selection of acts, shows, concerts and more. The events are also reasonably priced. Definitely one if THE noteworthy things in West Virginia.
The Clay Center has so many wonderful events throughout the year. It has kid friendly events, as well as, events for adults. Our family goes often. We definitely take advantage of it in the winter months. It's a great excuse to get out of the house.
We have always thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Clay Center. From attending shows, to hosting my children's birthday parties, we have always had a wonderful experience. The interactive exhibits are educational and fun for my young girls! Great staff to greet you with a warm smile and helping hands! Entertainment and enjoyment for ALL ages!
The Clay Center makes me smile :) I've had so many wonderful experiences there with my family. When my husband & I were dating, he first took me there to see the symphony for Valentine's Day. Since then we've experienced so many great acts, plays and other performances. I LOVE this place and the staff & volunteers. Everyone is so helpful & efficient. It's a true WV gem. ~Samantha Fooce
Civic and business leaders, along with arts organizations studied what we wanted for the Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia for over a decade before we started construction. We wanted to bring Education, Economic Development, and Entertainment to the city, region and State. The Clay Foundation and family, along with many people, businesses, organizations and government helped us achieve our goals and promises. Ten years after its opening, I believe we have delivered on our promises of the 3 E's, plus more. I am so proud of the employees, volunteers, individuals, and businesses that have made the Clay Center the vibrant economic, entertainment, and educational centerpiece of our city, region, and State. Thanks to everyone who helped make this dream a reality. We look forward to continued success in the next decade and beyond. Former Board Chair, Andrew K Teeter
The Clay Center has been a resource for my family since its inception. I was introduced to it when my children were small and loved attending the science museum, which is entertaining and geared toward inquisitive kids. As an adult, I also found the Clay Center to be rewarding for a varied stream of musical performances in a performance hall that boasts sterling sound quality for a concert experience, as well as the art museum. Over the years, the Clay Center's performance lineup has shifted to include acts by emerging artists on the way up (bolstered by its periodic hosting of Mountain Stage performances) in addition to well-known artists. This shift shows the Center's focus on reaching all age groups in its programming and developing the next generation of subscribers. Charleston is a small city, and West Virginia a smaller state, so it is a treasure to have such a fabulous performing hall, science museum and art museum all under one roof.
During its first ten years of serving West Virginia and the entire tri-state area, the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences has become the regional place to go for great entertainment and unique educational experiences for children and adults of all ages. From Tony Bennett to the Jonas Brothers and from Broadway to ballet, the multiple genres offered by the Clay Center have made the performing arts available and attractive to every sector of our society. And with the spectacular art exhibits and the science museum, there are visual arts and educational offerings for everyone. The performance hall accommodates not only outstanding musical acts and theatrical performances, it also serves as home to the West Virginia Symphony, one of the gems of our region.
The first ten years have been a time of incredible growth and maturity for the Clay Center, and the obvious trajectory points to even greater things to come.
The Clay Center offers everything to inspire and delight. An acoustically perfect performance hall, great art and science exhibits for kids and adults alike, and terrific programming of all sorts across the State of West Virginia. Like our State Capitol, it takes my breath away every time I enter (especially at night!).