WV Culture & History Opportunities

Wanted:  High School Writers and Photographers for Sesquicentennial Contests

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, in cooperation with the West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, is offering two opportunities for high school students around the state to share their creativity.  The West Virginia Sesquicentennial Essay Contest will allow students to submit 450 to 550 word essays on a topic related to the Civil War and West Virginia Statehood.  The author of the winning essay will receive $1,000 and the teacher of the student will receive a $500 cash award.  Essays will be accepted from Sept. 1, 2012 to November 1, 2012

The second program is the Sesquicentennial Snapshot contest.  The Division provided cameras and netbooks to selected public high schools in each county.  Students from those schools, and any other high school, are invited to photograph historic sites related to the sesquicentennial and submit them for consideration in the contest.  Cash prizes will be awarded for this program as well.

Information and entry forms for both programs can be found at http://www.wvculture.org/wv150/sesquicentennial .html.

For more information, contact Caryn Gresham at 304-558-0220 orcaryn.s.gresham@wv.gov

West Virginia Marching Band Invitational Showcasing West Virginia High School Bands

New this year!  The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is sponsoring a West Virginia Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Glenville State College. All high school marching bands from across the state are invited to compete in what promises to be a fun and educational opportunity for everyone. For more information contact Bethany Cline, executive assistant, at bethany.k.cline@wv.gov or (304) 558-0220, ext. 113.

First Lady’s Festival of Songs Celebrating the Vocal Talents of High School Choirs and Choruses

The First Lady’s Festival of Songs at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex is set for Nov. 10, 2012.  Now in its second year, the program celebrates the joy of music by showcasing the vocal talents of West Virginia’s young people. Last year, more than 500 high-school students from 17 counties performed during the inaugural festival. The West Virginia Division of Culture and  History, which sponsors the event, hopes even more schools will  join in this year’s holiday celebration.  For more information contact Bethany Cline, executive assistant, at bethany.k.cline@wv.gov or (304) 558-0220, ext. 113.

History Bowl Challenges Eighth Graders Regional Tournaments Begin in February

Eighth graders from across West Virginia are invited to test and expand their knowledge of West Virginia history, government, literature, arts, architecture, geography and culture by participating in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s History Bowl. Regional competitions are scheduled for February 2013 and the state championship will be held April 30, 2013, at the Culture Center in Charleston. For more information, visitwww.wvculture.org/history/historybowl.html or contact Bryan Ward, tournament director, atbryan.e.ward@wv.gov or (304) 558-0230, ext. 723.

West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Transportation Grant Program Makes Field Trips to the West Virginia State Museum More Affordable

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Transportation Grant Program helps to make field trips to the West Virginia State Museum more affordable for all elementary, middle and high schools by paying half the expenses of bus trips. Reimbursed expenses include bus rentals, driver’s wages and gasoline. For more information visitwww.wvculture.org/museum/Grants/TransportationGrant.pdf or contact Nancy Herholdt, museum education manager, at nancy.p.herholdt@wv.gov or (304) 558-0220, ext. 175.

 

VH1 Save The Music Foundation Grants

Middle Schools Benefit from Statewide Program

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is helping to put brand-new band instruments in the hands of our state middle-school students through a partnership with VH1 Save The Music Foundation and local community sponsors. Each participating school receives $30,000 worth of instruments purchased directly from an area retailer, which helps stimulate the local economy. For more information about how your school can apply for a grant to participate in the program, visit www.vh1savethemusic.com/ or contact Jeff Pierson, arts director, at jeff.a.pierson@wv.gov or (304) 558-0220, ext. 717.