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Editorial: Visiting national arts officials can see what W.Va. offers

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial

Several months ago, a couple of Kentucky lawmakers suggested the Appalachian Regional Commission move its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to a location in the region it serves. It was a good idea — bureaucrats need to get outside the swamp once in a while to best serve taxpayers in the real world.

To that end, the National Council on the Arts will hold its first regular meeting outside Washington in 27 years during its visit to West Virginia this week. Visits to the Huntington Museum of Art and Keith-Albee Theater were planned for yesterday, while the meeting itself will be today at the State Museum at the state Culture Center in Charleston.

“They are coming here because of the creation of the new Department of Arts, Culture and History and the 20 percent increase that the governor and the legislators gave to our department for arts, historic preservation and for our education programs,” said West Virginia Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.

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