DELBARTON – The Delbarton Opry House will host a Create Your State (CYS) Tour featuring a performance and workshop on the evening of Monday, April 11.
Mingo County has been selected as one of five WV towns to host the Create Your State Tour this spring.
CYS is a multi-media performance, educational presentation and workshop that inspires and empowers creative community revitalization and development. The program is sponsored by Mingo County Redevelopment Authority and Williamson Health & Wellness Center.
Anyone is welcome to come to the show and workshop on Monday, April 11 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Delbarton Opry House, which will provide a full program of immersive experiential learning and strategic planning for leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, students and other involved citizens.
Other spring tour stops include Ripley, Weston, Grafton and Hinton. All shows are free of charge and open to the public.
The presentation tells the inspiring story of arts-driven community transformation in Princeton, West Virginia through the eyes of artists and cultural entrepreneurs Lori McKinney and Robert Blankenship. The arts are reigniting their once abandoned downtown with creative capital, reclaiming it as an arts district that is increasingly drawing new business and tourism.
Participants will gain skills, tools, and on-the-ground contacts to spark positive change and cultivate a similar scene in Mingo County, and they will be invited to take advantage of ongoing support—resources, contacts, mentorship—after the workshop as they carry out arts-based community development projects.
The workshop features original music, visual projections and a compelling exchange about how the arts, creativity and an out-of-the-box approach can establish a creative scene that redefines and reinvigorates a community.
Participants will have access to a web portal with step-by-step instructional toolkits, video shorts, webinars and more. They will also receive ongoing guidance from the Create Your State (CYS) founders to execute community projects and plant new creative capital in Mingo County.
Anyone is welcome to attend and become a part of the conversation and projects that will follow.
The program will take place at Delbarton Opry House from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.. Call 304-320-8833 with questions. The program is free and open to the public.
Pictured above is Lori McKinney giving a CYS workshop in The Room Upstairs, part of The RiffRaff Arts Collective.