July 16, 2009

Appalachian Education Initiative :: Art & Soul: West Virginians in the Arts Book

Back in 2004, the Appalachian Education Initiative – a non-profit organization committed to furthering arts education in West Virginia public schools and communities – worked with BBCG to create Art & Soul: West Virginians in the Arts. The purpose of the book is to celebrate the successes of performing, literary and visual artists who attended a West Virginia public school for some portion of their K-12 education.

BBCG acted as designer and artist liaison, contacting the 50 featured artists and/or their appropriate representatives for photos and biographical information. After a year of multiple phone calls, e-mails and overnight packages, Art & Soul: West Virginians in the Arts was debuted at the West Virginia State Capitol with First Lady Gayle Manchin hosting the event.

The image presented here is the book's cover, which features actresses Jennifer Garner and Ann Magnuson, actors Paul Dooley and Don Knotts, writers Jayne Anne Phillips and Homer Hickam and musicians Brad Paisley, Kathy Mattea and Little Jimmy Dickens, to name but a few.