April is Poetry Month!  The Friends of the Fort Ashby Public Library with support from the Hampshire County Arts Council is inviting poets of all ages to submit their best original poems to win great prizes.  Winners will be honored at the Poetry Tea on Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 pm at the library located at 57 Presidents Street in Fort Ashby WV.   

There will be 4 categories for judging: grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and Adult with a $50 first prize, $25 second prize, and third place ribbon in each category. School class projects are welcomed. Poems will be judged by former WV Delegate and teacher, Ruth Rowan.  

Poem may be in any genre and on any appropriate subject, not over thirty-two lines of text.  Full contest rules and entry forms Poetry Contest 2023 are available at www.FortAshby.lib.wv.us and on the library’s FB page.  Deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at 5 pm.  Entries may be mailed to the library at PO Box 74, Fort Ashby WV 26719, submitted in person to the library, or emailed in Word Document form to Joanne_Snead@yahoo.com.  

Winners are invited to read their poems at the Poetry Tea when prizes will be awarded.  Additionally, the public is invited to participate by reading their original or favorite poem at the tea and join fellow poetry lovers in refreshment.  

For further information call Jack Isemann, 304-298-3846 or the library at 304-298-4993.   



The registration link is LIVE! Complete your registration for the FREE Arts in Our Communities conference here: Conference Registration

You can gather at the Culture Center in Charleston with artists and arts organization representatives from all over West Virginia. Scheduled for Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1, the conference is designed to highlight and edify all of those amazing people who make up the arts community in our state.

At the link provided above, you’ll also find a preliminary schedule with sessions, speakers, and panelists. Check it out to see all the knowledge and networking in store for you!

Once again, there’s no cost to attend the conference, but we do need you to register so that we can plan materials and refreshments.

If you have any questions, email paul.r.neil@wv.gov.


Brand new this year! Artists and arts organization representatives may apply for a grant to help cover mileage and lodging expense to attend the Arts in Our Communities Conference.

What is the purpose of this grant program?

  • To provide up to $500 in travel assistance to artists, arts administrators, and arts educators attending the Arts in Our Communities Conference held at The Culture Center in Charleston

Who may apply to this program?

  • Artists, arts administrators, and arts educators
  • Must be a resident of West Virginia
  • No more than THREE staff persons per organization may receive this grant
  • MUST be a registered vendor through the State of WV before application

What are eligible expenses?

  • Round-trip mileage (Must total 150 miles or more; Starting point is considered applicant’s legal mailing address as listed on application, ending point is The Culture Center)
  • Hotel/lodging for one or more nights between February 27 and March 1

What do I need to know about available funds?

  • May apply for up to 75% of actual expenses with a reimbursement total of up to $500; Applicants are responsible for a 25% or more match
  • Funds are available on a first come, first served basis
  • Payment is made on a reimbursement basis; applicants are responsible for all costs up front
  • Actual reimbursement amount is based on roundtrip mileage and original receipts

How will my application be evaluated?

  • Applications are evaluated on a first come, first served basis upon submission of a completed application with all required attachments
  • Adhering to all eligibility requirements
  • Equitably distributes funds statewide

How do I apply to this grant program?

  • Become a registered vendor with the State of West Virginia
  • Email application to program coordinator Elizabeth.A.Yeager@wv.gov
  • Applications emails should have the subject line “ACE Grant Application”

If funded, what are my obligations?

  • Sign and return contract
  • Provide lodging receipt and proof of round-trip mileage for reimbursement
  • Spend grant money only in accordance with the approved project

Download the application by clicking here.