Bringing the Arts to Life

In Hampshire County,

West Virginia      

The Hampshire County Arts Council fosters the creation,  presentation and enjoyment of the arts in our community.

HCAC sees the arts as an integral part of daily life. An art-rich environment enhances the quality of life for residents and visitors and encourages the development, recognition and appreciation of local performers, musicians, artists, and writers.

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Children’s Theatre Coming This July

Hansel & Gretel photo

Missoula Children’s Theatre will offer a wonderful free opportunity for Hampshire County children to participate in a production of the classic tale, Hansel & Gretel. Mark your calendar for July 18-23, 2022.

Students entering grades 1-12 in the fall will have a chance to show off their acting talents in a fun, modern-day musical adaptation of Hansel and Gretel with expert guidance from 2 professional actor/directors from the Missoula Children’s Theatre.  This weeklong opportunity begins with auditions at 10 am to noon Monday, July 18 in the Brannon Building on the WVSDB campus with up to 60 students cast in roles with up to 4 assistant directors.  The is no fee for student participation.  Students must stay throughout the 2-hour auditions.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  All who are accepted for pre-registration are guaranteed a part in the program.  Attendance at the full 2-hour audition and for all scheduled rehearsals is mandatory for participation in the final two performances on Saturday, July 23 at 3 & 5:30 pm.  

Following the auditions Monday morning, all cast members will be given their rehearsal schedule for the rest of the week.  Some cast members will have a 2-hour rehearsal following the auditions with a 15-minute snack break in between. 

Not all students will be involved in every rehearsal session.  Tuesday-Thursday rehearsals begin at 10 am with two 2-hour rehearsals with a 15-minute snack break in between. Rehearsals for the youngest cast members, those entering 1st grade through age 7, will begin on Wednesday for the remainder of the week.  

Calling Artists for Annual Arts Festival

The Annual Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival in Romney, WV, is the place for artists to display and sell their unique creations on Saturday, September 10 .  Visitors come from far and wide to have an opportunity to buy original work from local artists at our festival, knowing they will find great values and exceptional art.

Click here to check out the festival program booklet online.

 Application for Artists New to the Festival.             Registration for Artists.              Shoutouts for Festival Program Booklet


Art in Public Places

We are always looking for new artists and celebrating our favorites.  And with the support of local businesses, you can see who is doing what at the following locations –


And click here to see how you can participate. Join the community of artists. 

For more music, art and fun nearby, check these venues —

The Hampshire County Co-op & Heritage Marketplace in Romney WV

The River House in Capon Bridge WV

The Cat and The Fiddle in Capon Bridge WV offers classes

The Purple Fiddle in Thomas WV

The Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland Md offers a wide variety of events.

Thank You!

The Hampshire County Arts Council sincerely thanks our faithful sponsors whose contributions allow us to offer the community many events each year.


American Insurance Center
Wendy & Roger Anderson
The Bank of Romney
Dot & Bill Calvert
Sarah Evans
Cheryl & Ed Ferguson
FNB Bank
Janet & Neil Gillies
Lois & Dean Hagerty
Lisa & Daniel Hileman
Linda & Gary Hill

Dottie Eddis & Lowell Hott
Robert Hott
Dorothy Kengla
Bonnie Long
Priscilla Lemaster
Melissa Snell & Larry Manning
Alona & Bill Martin
Sydney & Edward Maurer
Michelle Nilssen & Dave McNally

Susie & Gil Meyer
Marion Mich
Savanna & Clarke Morgret
Paula & Michael O’Brien
Mica Perry
Beth & Tim Reese
Kathryn & Erik Rosa
Ruth & Tom Rowan
Carol & Mike Shaw
Daniel Staggers
Beverly Steele

  Time to Renew Memberships

The Hampshire County Arts Council’s membership year runs from April 1 through March 31 each year, with membership renewal in April. On-Line Renewal is available by clicking the Join/Renewal Online Button or mail your check to Hampshire County Arts Council, P.O. Box 624, Romney, WV  26757. 

Your Donations are Appreciated

The Hampshire County Arts Council values our sponsors that are dedicated to continuing the art culture in and around Hampshire County.  On-Line Donations are accepted by clicking the Donate Button or by mailing your check to Hampshire County Arts Council, P.O. Box 624, Romney, WV, 26757.