DELBARTON – Delbarton hosted the Create Your State (CYS) Tour at the Delbarton Opry House Monday evening.
Mingo County was selected as one of five W.Va. towns selected to host the program. Other counties selected include: Ripley, Weston, Grafton and Hinton.
The program was sponsored by the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority and the Williamson Health and Wellness Center and was free to the public.
The program consisted of a performance, educational presentation and workshop. Cultural entrepreneurs, Lori McKinney and Robert Blankenship presented at the program. The presentation told the story of the arts transformation occurring in Princeton W.Va. that is being reclaimed as an arts district to promote new business and tourism.
Participants in the event gained skills, tools and on the ground contacts to help cultivate similar opportunities in Mingo County. Participants were also invited to take advantage of ongoing support including resources, contacts and mentorships following the workshop to help carry out arts based community development projects.
The workshop featured original music, visual presentations, and discussion about how the arts creativity and a different approach can help establish a creative scene that redefines a community.
Participants gained access to a web portal and had step by step instructional tool-kits, video shorts, webinars and more. They will also receive ongoing guidance from the CYS founders to help execute community projects and plant new creative capital in Mingo County.
For more information on CYS visit createyourstate.org.