The Amazing Raise
ArtsLink’s Annual Meeting has been postponed
until Monday, January 15 at
6:00pm at the
Francis Creative Arts Center.
ArtsLink, the arts council of Wetzel and Tyler counties, will kick
off its 17th year
with the annual meeting scheduled for
p.m. Monday, January
at the Francis Creative Arts Center. The public is invited and
light refreshments will be served.
The handicapped-accessible center is located at the corner of Maple
Avenue and Washington Street.
The names of
prospective board members will be submitted for a vote by the
include Dave Hood, Tom Fonner, Micheal Hood, Carolyn Sterns, and
Chad Edwards. Board members to be elected to another term include
Scarlet Hood, Clara Glover, and Jane Knight.
During the annual meeting, the board will take a look back at the
past year’s successes and reflect on the history of the
organization. They anticipate a good turnout of members so they can
seek input on goals and activities for the coming year. The public
is urged to attend. Also, Carla McBee, manager and trainer at CAM
Safety, will be speaking about safe driving and sharing the road
with the big trucks in the area.
Since its inception 16
years ago, ArtsLink has had many successes, starting with the
$100,000 renovation to the Francis Creative Arts Center, named for
Elizabeth Francis. The
donated by her husband
Jack Francis, to West Virginia Northern Community College
for use as an arts center
. An annual
art exhibits, classes and other arts activities have delighted
audiences annually, as have children’s theater productions. A
mini-grant program gives financial support to local artists and
arts organizations. Major partners include West Virginia Northern
the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission. Additional
support for ArtsLink’s activities is provided by WETZ
Ohio Valley Online
, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, and the Stealey
Much of the success of the organization can be attributed to
members and generous donors, including EQT
and John J. Mensore, whose major donation was honored with the
naming of the downstairs gallery the “John C. and Catherine Mensore
sponsorships are matched with grants from the West Virginia
Commission on the Arts.
Following the annual meeting, the new board of directors will meet
to elect officers.
Additional information concerning ArtsLink is available online at
www.artslinkwv.org. ArtsLink is committed to making the arts
accessible to all. Those needing assistance to take advantage of
ArtsLink’s activities are invited to call 304-455-2278 for more
ArtsLink board members present at the annual Safety Award ceremony
included, back row, from left: Terry Wiley,
Barbara Vincent, Laura Kane, Dan Henthorn, Jane Knight,
Scarlet Hood, Amanda McPherson, and Fawn Price;
front row: Bob DeFrancis, Brian Rogers, Miranda Rogers,
Clara Glover, and Debbie Bennett.
At the March meeting of the ArtsLink Board of Directors, Safety
Committee Chairperson Clara Glover presented the annual Safety
Award to ArtsLink president, Miranda Rogers. Ms. Rogers accepted
the award on behalf of the membership. Glover remarked, “This award
marks another year of commitment to safety by the ArtsLink
membership.” Among the safety-related activities undertaken by the
organization are a safe-driving presentation at the annual meeting
and facility inspections prior to ArtsLink concerts and other
ArtsLink is the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties and is
committed to making the arts accessible to all. Upcoming activities
include the Summer Coffeehouse Series and the Wayward Players
production of Seussical, JR.
Support for ArtsLink’s programming is made possible with financial
assistance from West Virginia Northern Community College, the City
of New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission, WETZ/WYMJ
Radio, EQT Foundation, Dominion Foundation, Ohio Valley Online,
Libby’s Kids Ministry, and the Wells Inn. ArtsLink is committed to
providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with
special needs may contact ArtsLink at 304-455-2278 for
ACTION NEEDED: ASK LEGISLATORS TO RESTORE FUNDING FOR THE
I'm writing with urgent news. Budget plans introduced by
our legislative leaders would eliminate all funding for the West
Virginia Commission on the Arts competitive arts grants that
ArtsLink relies on to deliver programs to our communities.
The current 2017-18 budget bill before the West Virginia
Legislature (SB 199/ HB 2018) and the plan introduced by the
legislative leadership on Monday eliminate public arts funding for
grants and other programs that ArtsLink and other nonprofits depend
on to provide programming.
Legislators need to hear from constituents that arts
funding must be restored to the budget. Please call and email
legislators asking them to fund the arts.
These key legislators need to know that a vibrant arts
community is critical to the economic health of the area and is a
major attraction for visitors:
House of Delegates
Tim Armstead, Speaker 304-340-3210 email@example.com
Eric Nelson, Finance Chair 304-340-3230 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Hall, Finance Chair 304-357-7901
Please also contact your legislative delegation and any
legislators you know personally. For phone and email information
for all members of the West Virginia Legislature, visit
The budget bill eliminates all funding for competitive
grants such as the Community Arts Support Grant, which supports
ArtsLink’s concert offerings, Missoula Children’s Theatre and our
mini-grant program. The budget bill also eliminates all funding for
Fairs and Festivals. The Fairs & Festivals budget line provides
support for 75 events and programs, including the annual WV Oil
& Gas Festival in Sistersville.
In addition, the proposal eliminates funding for
competitive historic preservation grants funded by the West
Virginia Division of Culture and History. These grants have been
critical in helping the City of New Martinsville preserve our
nearly one-hundred-year-old Lincoln Theater building, which is a
significant structure in New Martinsville’s historic district. It
is vital that we preserve this iconic structure, which is a part of
the West Virginia Historic Theater Trail and a major attraction for
visitors to the area.
The proposed cuts in SB 199/ HB 2018 would amount to over
$14,000 from ArtsLink’s current budget, nearly 20 percent. While we
have sustained repeated cuts in state funding for the last several
years, eliminating all state funding and grant opportunities would
be devastating for ArtsLink, which serves a largely rural and often
Last year ArtsLink provided arts education to nearly 1,000
students through school residencies by concert artists and the
Missoula Children’s Theater production. ArtsLink served more than
1,400 adults through concerts, classes, workshops, and special
events in the area. These opportunities would not be available
ArtsLink creates an economic impact in our region several
times its budget. According to Arts Advocacy of WV, Every grant $1
leveraged $28. Grants leveraged additional funds from businesses,
donors, foundations, and local government totally
So, please contact as many legislators as you can, either
by phone or e-mail and ask them to please fund the arts!
ArtsLink receives a donation from Dominion
Resources Services. Pictured left to right are, Carolyn
Hizer, Mary Rohrig, Amanda McPherson, Miranda Rogers, Barbara
Vincent, Scarlet Hood, Jane Knight, Larry Tackett, Clara Glover,
and Brian Rogers.
Members of the ArtsLink Board of Directors recently received a
donation from Dominion Resources Services, Inc. ArtsLink, the arts
council for Wetzel and Tyler counties, will use the funding to
support arts programs in area schools. Dominion and its
philanthropic arm, The Dominion Foundation, annually award about
$20 million to causes that protect the environment, promote
education and help meet basic human needs.
The Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical,
social and economic well-being of the communities served by
Dominion companies, which also invest in communities through
programs and volunteer activities. Christine Mitchell, Dominion’s
local external affairs representative noted that Foundation grants
are funded by shareholder dollars and are not borne by customers.
“We are happy to support ArtsLink, and hope that it can continue to
enhance the teaching of the arts to our local children,” said
For information on ArtsLink’s activities, please call
304-455-2278. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal
accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may
contact ArtsLink to request assistance.
Website Gets Support
The ArtsLink, Inc.,
website is now being hosted by a local software management
Ohio Valley Online, a
division of Prosite Business Solutions, LLC, is helping ArtsLink to
get its message across to residents of
the Mid-Ohio Valley area.
website is www.artslinkwv.org. Ohio Valley Online is
located at 732 Third Street in New Martinsville, next to Sounds
"The ArtsLink website is a great place to check for
news about the organization, become a member or
donor, or check out photos from recent events," said
Fran Caldwell, ArtsLink president. "We are extremely grateful to
Ohio Valley Online for their help."
The ArtsLink website was originally designed by David
McCartney II, son of Dave McCartney, CFO at Wetzel County Hospital
and a former ArtsLink board member, as a senior project for his
college degree. Ohio Valley Online took over the hosting of the website to make it easier for ArtsLink
personnel to receive local technical support.
"We are now able to quickly
update the site and keep our information
Caldwell said. Ohio Valley
Online specializes in web design and hosting database
enabled websites where companies can post
images, text, products and events themselves without the ongoing need of a web designer.
Parent company Prosite Business
Solutions, LLC was established in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1998
by the husband and wife Information
Technology team of Cindy and Jason Warren, specializing in
Ecommerce Websites, Quick Books Training, MS Access
database development and overall IT solutions. In September
2001, Prosite rolled out Pro Business Tools (SM) installation
management tools and scheduling software were rolled out to
companies nationwide to help them better manage their service business.
In 2002, Prosite added an east coast
location in New Martinsville, Cindy (Willey) Warren's
hometown. More information about Prosite is available online
ArtsLink is committed to providing universal
wherever possible. Accessible seating is available for
events. Persons with special needs may contact