Communities in West Virginia and many parts of the country have demonstrated that a robust arts community can be a strong catalyst for economic development and growth.
A successful arts community provides a rich cultural life for all members of the community and supports a ‚€œcreative economy‚€ by attracting twenty-first century businesses and the well-paid and educated work force that comes with them.
A successful arts community provides an environment that supports the overall economy, attracts tourism and revenue, and provides income for artists and artisans, which is returned to the local economy.
The common element of successful arts communities is an arts council, an independent, broad-based umbrella organization that supports an organized, active, and broadly cooperative arts community.
In August 2009, The Berkeley County Arts Council was formed to meet this need in Berkeley County, West Virginia.