Our Town

City of Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

$50,000

2011

As West Virginia's largest and capital city, Charleston is home to a population of 51,400. The city, located along the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers, was once a nucleus of the coal industry, but has been working to strengthen the role of its public art.

To this end, Charleston is implementing a series of cultural planning activities with the support of its Our Town grant. Activities will include development of policies and guidelines for public art, a complete inventory of existing public art -- including short-term and long-term maintenance needs -- identification of priority sites for future public art pieces, educational and community outreach, and establishing a local arts development organization through city government. The policies and guidelines put in place through this project will benefit the entire metropolitan area, and will help realize the city's artistic vision.