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 currently in five West Virginia counties including: 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 and Jackson counties.
During the 2012-13 school year, close to 300 students received regular private instruction on instruments ranging from woodwind to brass to percussion to strings. In the 2013-14 school year Clay Community Arts will continue to provide quality music lessons and musical instruments to young people in these counties. In the summer of 2013, we hope to maintain or expand our successful summer camp program with our partners. For more information on this exciting program, contact educator and program manager Jamie Adamik at 304-561-3555 or

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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