Mission Statement

Arts Alive is the West Virginia Department of Education’s annual event to showcase outstanding arts education programs and student achievements in public schools. The work included in Arts Alive is selected from state arts conferences, festivals and exhibits throughout West Virginia; a competitive submission process; and/or by invitation. Arts Alive is in its fourteenth year and has expanded collaborations and interdisciplinary partnerships to include work from the following areas: Dance, Music, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, Theatre and Visual Art. Students perform and exhibit work before an audience of students, family members, educators, policy makers, leaders, advocates and philanthropists.

Arts Alive aims to support developing and established arts programs in public schools throughout West Virginia; inspire local education systems to embrace the arts as an essential part of every child’s education; and empower the broader learning community to advocate for comprehensive arts education in public schools.

Arts Alive is dedicated to arts education in West Virginia and remains committed to providing a venue where the arts are paramount, inspired teaching is honored, and the work of young artists is celebrated.

Save the Date

Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the Culture Center
6:00 pm Visual Art Exhibit and Reception

Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Culture Center
6:00 pm Visual Art Exhibit
7:00 PM Main Stage Performance

Additional Information:

  • Arts Alive 2020 will be live streamed.
  • Talent/Work from across the state may also be extended a personal invitation to perform/exhibit at Arts Alive
  • If you have questions, please direct those to the specified person in your content area of submission.
  • Unless otherwise stated, the Arts Alive Planning Committee will review all submissions and choose performers/pieces for Arts Alive. The Planning Committee consists of approximately 15 people and is comprised of educators, artists, and agency or non-profit representatives from across the state.  All arts disciplines are represented on the committee.
  • Feedback on submissions will not be provided.

If you have further questions contact:

Dr. Raymond Lowther, Coordinator – The Arts
West Virginia Department of Education
(O) 304-558-5325
(C) 402-525-8357

Submission Information

If you have a student(s) or large group ensemble you would like to be considered for Arts Alive 2020, please complete the application form by selecting the appropriate link below. Submission criteria and information are given on each form.

Area Deadline Contact Digital
Dance February 22, 2020
(Acceptance notification will be on or before March 02, 2020)
Donald Laney
Application Form
Poster January 27, 2020 – 11:00 a.m.
(Acceptance notification will be on or before February 03, 2020)
Dr. Ray Lowther
Application Form
Music March 7, 2020
(Acceptance notification will be on or before March 18, 2020)
William Cosby
cosbywl@gmail.com or wcosby@k12.wv.us
Application Form
Pre-K and Kindergarten March 6, 2020 Rhonda Fisher
Application PDF
Theatre March 21, 2020
(Acceptance notification will be on or before March 24, 2020)
Michael Stiles
Application Form
Visual Art February 28, 2020
(Acceptance notification will be on or before March 13, 2020)
Katy Crim
Application Form