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“The mountains are calling and I must go”

—JOHN MUIR
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About MAD

The Mountain Arts District wants YOU to Follow your heART to the mountains of West Virginia where there are some of the finest artists in the Appalachian highlands.

MAD was founded to be an artist-driven initiative to strengthen the arts economy in north-central West Virginia with the goal of making this whole region a destination for art lovers.

After several public meetings, the priorities were set to begin forming the infrastructure needed to make this goal a reality. The first priority is to grow a directory/showcase of artists and venues so that tourists and residents can have better access to the arts. The online calendar was added and then a public art gallery, all available to you on this fine website designed by Lisa Armstrong.

This website is a cooperative marketing effort of artists, art venues and art supporters. It is open to showcase art in ALL its forms, from visual art to performing artists like musicians and actors, to writers and chefs. It was created with the thought in mind, that many artists do not have a web presence and those that do, often do not tend to their site. MAD wants to lift up all the artists that are inspired by the mountains, and the peace and joy they instill in the hearts of all who live here.

Our all-volunteer team is also active planning workshops for artist entrepreneurs, organizing public art projects and hosting networking meetings of artists and the public twice a month. This is live-streamed onto our Facebook page.

So, please explore the artists and venues on this site. Find out where the artists are selling their work. Click on News/Events to find the Arts Calendar for information on the multitude of performances, classes and gallery exhibits available in this region. Learn more about the artists by looking at our blog, videos and music clips on artist pages. Welcome to the Mountain Arts District. We are glad you are here! 

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