All Together Arts Weekis celebration of the vibrant arts scene in Mercer County, WV. The goal of the event is to highlight and showcase the array of venues, events and activity that happens regularly in the area, and encourage people to discover and take part. The week begins with a circle talk for networking, which invites artists and arts organizations to discover one another and form partnerships, and concludes with a Grand Finale Parade and Day of Merriment in downtown Princeton. The rest of the week highlights events that take place at venues all around the county, and encourages people to visit new locations and discover what their community has to offer. Gallery hops on a special trolley take guests on a tour of the creative venues around the area and encourage friendship building, creative mingling and collaboration. The goal of the event is to stoke cross pollination and stir the pot of the creative scene as well as to raise awareness and appreciation for the arts activity in our area. The Grand Finale Parade, now in its 9th year, is the most colorful and whimsical day of the year on Mercer Street. The day begins at with sidewalk chalk, face painting, costuming and joyous festivity. Anyone is welcome to march in the parade and it makes for a very memorable occasion, marching in full costumed regalia down the middle of the street accompanied by a giant paper mache elephant and a host of other wild imaginings. Costumes, wings, puppets, glitter, and non-motorized floats are welcome and highly encouraged.
March 28th - April 4th, 2009 marked the first annual All Together Arts Week across Mercer County, West Virginia. A.T.A.W. is an observance and celebration of our thriving arts community, including visual, literary, healing and performing artists, arts presenters and arts patrons and enthusiasts. The mission of the event is to showcase the vast landscape of arts activity that our area holds and to unite the various artists and arts groups that exist across the county and surrounding areas.
The idea for A.T.A.W. was born through workshops with the organization Create West Virginia (www.createwv.com).
On December 9th, 2008, The Mercer County Commission unanimously passed a resolution declaring March 28th-April 4th ATAW and also declared it to be an annual event. Click here to read the document: Resolution.
Participating organizations have included:
The RiffRaff Arts Collective Gary Bowling's House of Art East River Arts Bluefield Area Arts and Science Center Summit Players Appalachian Highlands Music Association Stages School of Music LLyniuM entertainment Ervin Publishing Company Associated Photography The Music Exchange Frameworks Plus The Little Opry Inspire Gallery The Bronze Look Brainerd Gallery Sacred Ground Chuck Mathena Center Blue Mountain Performing Arts Concord University Fine Arts Department Princeton Public Library Craft Memorial Library Windhorse Healing Arts Center, Inc. Culturefest World Music and Arts Festival The Bluestone Review Mags Music SWV Music Teacher's Forum Walk Free Press The Ink Slingers Bluefield Fine Arts Commission Bluefield College Princeton Poetry Project / Holler WV Writers' Association Mercer County Schools
and more. If your organization would like to be included, please call Lori at 304-425-6425.