Driving from Lynchburg to Charleston, the capital of West Virginia, was visually the most beautiful experience as it is the height of Fall. The Blue Ridge Mountain colors lacing the river is spectacular. Charleston’s early industry included salt and the first natural gas well. In 1817 coal became the central to economic prosperity, and gradually became used as the fuel for the salt works. Now, new industries such as chemical, glass, timber and still have migrated to the center for state government.
The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia opened on July 12, 2003. The Center, a 240,000 square foot structure, houses performing arts, visual arts and sciences under one roof – one of the few of its kind in the country. Located in the state’s capital city of Charleston, the facility is home to both the Avampato Discovery Museum and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Today, the Clay Center provides an enriching experience for West Virginians to enjoy with their families and friends. Although many people know the Clay Center name, they may not know about the generous people who were the driving force for a place designed to inspire learning, to educate and entertain for many generations to come. Those brothers, Lyell and Buckner Clay II, wanted to leave a legacy that would enrich generations of West Virginians to come.
Privileged to meet Lakin Cook, Director of Performing Arts who hosted this event and many thanks to Tom Pasinetti, Tech Director, Doug Litton, Assistant Tech Director, Ryan Fletcher, Tech Administrator, Judy Wellington, President and CEO, Crystal Good, Program Subcommittee member and Laura Adkins, IT Director for making the screening of BEATBOXING-THE FIFTH ELEMENT OF HIP HOP happen.
Again, with the technology of Skype Klaus Schneyder, Director was able to attend the Q&A. We had an audience of 30+ , and to our delight so many of them were children who were mesmerized by the documentary. Children came forward with interesting questions such as ‘where can we go to school/college to get an education on how to Beatbox?’ This screening did what we were hoping and this is to raise awareness on the art form of Beatboxing, which derived from the Hip Hop culture and how it is shaping our world’s young generation in a positive light.
Let’s keep it up and going kids!