The Rural Arts Collaborative has some exceptional artists lined up for school year 2020-2021. These artists will be working with students in West Virginia and Pennsylvania!

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What professionals are saying

Jim Denova, PhD. - Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

“This is the type of project that is at the heart of our Arts-in-Education strategic initiative. School districts, teachers, students and artists working together to create art to enhance their communities and development student cognition and well-being. Kudos to the Rural Arts Collaborative for making this a success.”

Dr. Bill Henderson - Frazier Superintendent
“The Rural Arts® Collaborative demonstrates the importance of the arts in the school system. Having the Bricolage program here, gets so many different kids involved. It gives them a way to express their creative side."

Danielle McCracken - President of Oglebay Institute

“Once they’re engaged in the classroom with the arts, they realize it’s such an important learning tool. It’s beyond the final product. It’s about the process. It’s about challenges and connections and thinking creatively to solve problems which I think is really important to all of us, but certainly to kids to be creative problem solvers and to be able to communicate and collaborate. And really, that is at the heart of this Rural Arts® Collaborative program.”

Rick Morgan - Director of Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling, WV.

“The RAC program has allowed Oglebay Institute to showcase the amazing artistic talent that lives in the Ohio Valley. We have had the opportunity to build relationships with sc​hools and artists to produce exceptional results that will have an impact on students for years to come.”

Bud Cook - R-Washington/Fayette

“The students were exposed to a beneficial arts education experience, while at the same time, they are beautifying our community with public art. The Rural Arts Collaborative program has enhanced the quality of life and provided a unique arts education experience. We are grateful for the RAC project and for the Benedum Foundation to help support this initiative in our region.”