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Frank Cuda speaks to the Randolph County Commission on behalf of the Mountain Arts District on Thursday.

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission listened to funding requests from the Mountain Arts District on Thursday.

Pat Schoonover and Frank Cuda spoke on behalf of the Mountain Arts District.

“Our mission is to promote arts as an economic driver,” said Schoonover. “What our organization has tried to do is pull together an arts community in its region,” adding that the organization is working with communities from various regions and with the support of local convention and visitors bureau. We’ve been trying to set up training for artists in the region.”

Schoonover also noted that the Mountain Arts District is not solely an organization that works with artists– but that members truly believe that this could be an art community.

“We have one of the most important things when we’re talking about marketing and bringing in new money to the region. We have a destination already here in Randolph County,” she said, adding that over 40,000 people come into Elkins to ride the trains annually. “They’re coming for the trains and looking for things to do in Randolph County. Many local organizations have jumped into trying to providing things for them to do while they are here and take part in the community.”

The Mountain Arts District maintains an artist directory, promotes artists via their website and has an arts calendar on Facebook.

Schoonover stated that the organization has also funded public art installations with the help of funding from the commission, adding that their a portion of their funding request would go toward the Children’s Art Trail.

“We basically function as a marketing agent for the county– something like a CVB dedicated to art,” said Cuda, then speaking to commissioners about the Children’s Art Trail, which currently features installations in Elkins City Park, Glendale…

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