WVHighlands Artisans Group recently initiated a Tucker Community Foundation endowed fund to provide a sustainable source of funding for the STArt project, a cooperative project linking the local arts community and the Tucker County school system.
Once the WV Highlands STArt Fund reaches $10,000, it will provide annual grants to assist and perpetuate the vision of the project.
WVHighlands Artisans Group initiated the School-Town Art Project in 2009 as an outreach program. Bruce Wilson, an active member and former president of the group, stated, "Viable communities promote both education and economic well-being and the arts contribute measurable benefits to both"."
Tucker Community Foundation staff members Rob Burns, third from left, and Diane Hinkle, second from right, are presented a $2,000 check by, from left, WVHighlands members John and Titi Ferguson, Bruce Wilson and Gerri Wilson to initiate the STArt Fund.
STArt has a threefold purpose: to support art instruction through the county schools; give visibility to the results; and encourage students to take active roles in the arts community. One of the cornerstones of the STArt project, and one that always draws a large crowd, is the very successful and engaging exhibition of artwork from each of the three Tucker County schools held each May.
The scope of the STArt project has been broadened to involve more students; encompass all the arts in its programs; cultivate community support and participation; increase interaction with the business community and promote Tucker County as a viable arts destination for tourists.
For more information or to donate to the WV Highlands STArt Fund, call 304-478-2930. Tucker Community Foundation manages more than 85 endowed funds established by donors to provide a perpetual funding source for community causes throughout an eight county region.