Arts & Culture
Mission: To inspire creativity, learning and wonder through experiences in the arts and sciences for all people of West Virginia and the region.
Results: 50,000 children from across West Virginia and in surrounding states get hands-on art and science education each year through Clay Center field trips, outreach programs and distance learning presentations.
Programs: The clay center offers a comprehensive array of arts, science and interdisciplinary programming, as well as educational opportunities. Both on and off-site programs may include performances, residencies, workshops, art exhibitions, planetarium demonstrations, large format film screenings, special art and/or science demonstrations, school and public tours of permanent interactive science galleries, and other community outreach or special events held throughout the year. Educational programs are supplemented by the development and distribution of customized educational materials aligned with the relevant state and national academic content standards for participating schools and educators. In addition, antoher service area includes the care, maintenace and on-going rotational public presentation of an approximately 800-item permanent art collection primarily focused on 19th and 20th century american art.
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.