Mission and History


The Center for Arts and Education was established in July 2011 as a collaboration between the Appalachian Education Initiative and the Colleges of Education and Arts and Communication at West Liberty University with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The purpose of the Center is to provide innovative professional development programs, resources and services to educators, students, teaching artists and others interested in the role of the arts and creativity in Pre-K to 12th grade education.

In the Fall of 2013, work began to convert the University’s former business office in Main Hall into a creative learning space for the Center for Arts & Education.  This is what the space looked like when the work started:

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