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Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts — Bristol's A & E District recognized!

March 28, 2012

BARTER THEATRE HONORS LOCALS DURING KICK-OFF EVENT OF
STATEWIDE 2012 ARTS CELEBRATION offered as part of
MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts

Abingdon, VA – Barter Theatre kicked-off the regional events for MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts on Thursday, March 15 with a public reception, a performance of “A Tale of Two Cities” and the recognition of nominated individuals who have made significant contributions in the lives of children and the arts in southwest Virginia.
The individuals honored were David Alford, Megan Atkinson, Sue Ella Boatwright-Wells, Katy Brown, Catherine DeCaterina, Tommy Edwards, Ellen Elmes, Bonnie Elosser, Lindsey Holderfield, Peter and Christina Holland, Kayla Kiser, Beth McCoy, Jane Morison and Jan Thompson.

The organizations recognized were Art & Entertainment District (Bristol, VA/TN), Art in Public Places (Bristol, VA/TN), Bristol Ballet, Patrick County Public Schools, Richlands Area Citizens for the Arts, Theatre Bristol and William King Museum (Abingdon, VA).
“We were happy to recognize these individuals and organizations that have worked so hard to bring the arts to the lives of children throughout the region,” said Robyn Raines, advancement officer for Barter Theatre, “In addition to those individuals and organizations that were recognized on Thursday, there are many, many other people and organizations in Southwest Virginia working hard to promote the arts to our children."

MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts will include thousands of special events and programs offered between March and June of 2012. Events include plays, choreography, compositions, and exhibitions of paintings, photography or films that have been created by children, feature children as the primary focus, or can be educational or entertaining for children and their families. This celebration is a collaboration of hundreds of participating artists and cultural organizations and is a demonstration of the breadth and diversity of arts and culture across the Commonwealth.

Barter Theatre’s performances of Charles Dicken’s “A Tale of Two Cities,” and James Still’s “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder,” as well as The Barter Players’ productions “Just So Stories,” “Aesop’s Fables” and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” are among the special programs featured all over the state.

For more information on Barter Theatre’s performances, call 276.628.3991 or visitwww.BarterTheatre.com. For a list of events and more information about MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts, visithttp://artsva.org.