The City of Wheeling, West Virginia


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Arts & Cultural Commission


Phone: 304.234.3617

The Arts & Cultural Commission meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in Suite 302 of the City-County Building at 1500 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003. The meetings are open to the public.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Wheeling Arts & Cultural Commission is to promote and develop artistic and cultural activities and initiatives that stimulate economic development and advance the quality of life and vibrancy of the greater Wheeling area. The Commission works to achieve this mission through the following committees: Visual Arts; Performance Arts; Literature/History; and Marketing/Development. 

Goals and Objectives:
  • To foster the artistic, cultural and creative strengths of Wheeling in order to create sustainable and positive aesthetic results in our community.
  • To communicate the economic benefits, value, and importance that arts and culture have on the community and overall vitality of the City of Wheeling.
  • To heighten the awareness of our diverse artistic and cultural activities and encourage active participation in and support of these programs, events and services.
  • To expand the reach and effectiveness of programs and services beyond our surrounding region in order to enhance the perception of our city and promote tourism.
  • To advocate for policy change and/or implementation that promotes the integration of arts and culture into community life.
  • To identify funding sources to promote art and cultural activities in the city of Wheeling and to advise the City with respect to those opportunities.
  • To respond proactively to the needs of local artists and art organizations by serving as a liaison among groups and individuals engaged in art and cultural activities.
  • To encourage the role of arts in education and promote cultural enrichment to young people by working in concert with schools, businesses and other organizations.
Erika Donaghy - Chair
Josh Benyo - Vice Chair
Patricia Croft - Secretary

John Osborne - Co-Treasurer
David Ellwood - Co-Treasurer

Ellen Culler
Sean Duffy
Jeanne Finstein
John Hargleroad
Anna Harsh
Cheryl Harshman
Sara Hauptfuehrer
Susan Hogan
Chris Kefauver
Kate Marshall
Danielle McCracken
Rick Morgan
Heather Slack
Tim Thompson
Bonnie Thurston
Bob Villamagna
Chris Villamagna
Bruce Wheeler
From the region’s largest trail system, to national schools of excellence, to a reorganized municipal government, the City of Wheeling offers a dynamic environment for you, your family and your business. There are many features that are unique to this area and we are proud of them! Our businesses enjoy the business climate as well with our advanced, motivated work force. The work force also enjoys being active in our various professional organizations. The area boasts year-round entertainment, leisure, sports, music, festivals, dining, shopping, and much more.

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