Annual Arts Festival at WVU-P Tuesday

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge will present its 19th annual Very Spectacular Arts Festival for school children with disabilities on Tuesday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

The event, which provides an exposure to the arts, will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the college.

Cynthia Alkire and Sue Ellen Johnson are serving as chairpersons for the event. The planning committee has held several meetings to get ready for the VSA Festival which has the theme of “Spring into the Arts!”

Over 450 students will be involved in 20 different arts activities, including the popular karaoke, Creative Movement with Vicki Dils, newspaper hats, face painting, music activities, clay pots, and otherr. New activities will include kaleidoscopes and Superhero Shields.

The students are actively involved and engaged throughout the event. Students from Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg Catholic High school art classes will be assisting with the activities throughout the day.

The musical lunch includes a performance from the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet, a concert from Elsa (Amanda Stevens) and dancing and drumming by the Kootaga Indian Dancers.

The participating school districts include Jackson County, Pleasants County, Ritchie County, Doddridge County, Wirt County and Wood County in West Virginia, along with Waterford Elementary, Warren Local Schools, Belpre Elementary and Marietta City schools in Washington County.

Artsbridge executive director Jane Irvine acknowledged and thanked the VSA committee for its hard work on the project, and was grateful for the financial support from the Spirit of Giving campaign, PM Company, the West Virginia Commission of the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, The McDonough Foundation, the Fenton Foundation, and the many Artsbridge donors who support the mission of Artsbridge.