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Rotarians learn about ArtsBank

February 28, 2012
By Brad Johnson Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

ArtsBank's Bill McWhorter told the Elkins Rotary Club about the program's connection to Randolph County Schools during Monday's Rotary meeting.

After letting the club know that this past weekend's ArtsBank Auction fundraiser brought in just under $16,000, McWhorter talked about how the program works. The ArtsBank program assigns professional artists to residencies in Randolph County schools, providing instruction in a variety of media.

"What does it take to run an arts program?" McWhorter asked. "It takes teachers, and it takes arts organizations.

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Bill McWhorter of the ArtsBank program addresses the Elkins Rotary Club during a meeting Monday.

"It takes artists," he said. "I really believe that our ArtsBank artists are some of the best in this region. They're professionals, and they're sharing their skills with the school kids."

McWhorter, who works out of the county Board of Education office, said the ArtsBank program enjoys tremendous cooperation from the board members and from Dr. James Phares, the county superintendent of schools.

"All that cooperation goes into creating a great arts program," he said.

McWhorter said he would spend time recruiting new artists for the program this summer, and he urged Rotarians to support ArtsBank.

"We've got a winning team here," he said "Keep rooting for our team."

The ArtsBank program began in 1992 at Midland Elementary School. Concerned parents, teachers, administrators, and volunteers formed ArtsBank Inc., a nonprofit corporation with a mission to expand and enrich the arts experiences of children in elementary school, while promoting artists and advocating for the importance of art and arts education.

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