KEYSER - Whether Highland Arts Unlimited takes on the project, or a separate Arts Council is formed, chances are good that Mineral County will soon be expanding its promotion of the arts community in the area.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Whether Highland Arts Unlimited takes on the project, or a separate Arts Council is formed, chances are good that Mineral County will soon be expanding its promotion of the arts community in the area.
Members of Highland Arts, the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, and the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, as well as several area artists, met recently at the chamber office to discuss the county’s arts culture and how it can be enhanced by a broader promotion.
Randy Crane, president of the chamber, explained that he would like to see more promotion of the visual arts - such as drawing, painting, photography, film, pottery and sculpture - and asked representatives of Highland Arts if they would consider adding that to their current programming.
In recent years, Highland Arts has mostly focused on the performing arts - musical programs and theater productions - although the group at one time brought visual artists in to work with county school children.
Crane also said it would be preferable to be able to secure a venue for displaying the visual artworks.
Dr. Charles Whitehill, Highland Arts president, suggested that perhaps space could be found at several sites already tied in with the history of Mineral County, including the Carskadon Mansion, the Alkire Mansion, or the B&O Train Station on Armstrong Street.
Whitehill said he would take the suggestion of taking the arts council under their wing back to the HAU board for discussion and report back to the organizational group at their next meeting.
The group also discussed the possibility of holding an arts festival sometime in the fall, with Ashley Centofonti, director of the CVB, noting that they didn’t want to pick a date that would compete with any of the other schedules held during that time of year.
The possibility of holding the arts festival at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport, located in Wiley Ford, was discussed. Crane and Centofonti said they would plan to attend the next meeting of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority to discuss the idea.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. at the chamber office.