The Clay Community Arts program is dedicated to providing music instruction and musical instruments
to students who would otherwise not have access
to such opportunities. Thanks to a generous gift
from Mr. Lyell Clay, the program began in 2008
and has since provided music education for
thousands of students across the state. Clay Community Arts is now in seven West Virginia
counties including: Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason and Mingo. Our community partners
run the gamut from schools to community centers to churches, and provide the locations for these lessons. The program has also been at the center of several successful summer camp programs with community partners like the Partnership of African-American Churches in Kanawha County; Able Families in Mingo County; and the Big Ugly Community Center in Lincoln County. Recent partnerships with VH1’s Save the Music program have also allowed the program to reach into Pleasants, Roane, Preston and Jackson counties. We have also recently expanded to Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School on Charleston’s west side, with special help from the Charles and Mary-Fayne Glotfelty Foundation.
During the 2013-14 school year, well over 350 students received regular private instruction on instruments ranging from woodwind to brass to percussion to strings. In the coming months, Clay Community Arts will continue to provide quality music lessons and musical instruments to young people in these counties. 

   above: Students show off      violin skills they learned at      a summer program              through the Clay                  Community Arts.

   at left: Children at the Bob    Dunbar Center in                  Charleston learn about the    origins of contemporary        music in a summer              program.

   Instructor Adam Hager          gives guitar lessons to          students at Kermit K-8 in      Mingo County, WV.

   Clay County High School        students received the great    honor of performing at the    WV Legislature in March        2013.


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