West Virginia University Libraries spearheaded a collaborative initiative to create and disperse a Morgantown Public Art Guide, funded partly by a Grant for Community Engagement from the WVU Research Office. The Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Art Museum of WVU, College of Creative Arts, Arts Monongahela, and The Clio partnered with the WVU Libraries on this both online and print project to officially launch in December.
The GMCVB and Art Museum helped co-sponsor the production of the piece. The GMCVB played an integral role in its online and print dispersal and promotion statewide. Arts Monongahela is committed to managing the sustainability of the guide, including updates to information and reprinting in the future. The printed guide can be downloaded from the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
Online tours are currently available on theclio.com, a free nonprofit website and mobile app that connects the public to historic and cultural sites across the United States, by searching for "Morgantown public art."
The print guides are being dispersed to campus and community sites where they can be picked up including all of the partner locations after December 12.
The project was led through the Art in the Libraries Program via Deskins and Carroll Wilkinson, WVU Libraries Interim Director of Strategy & Planning. The Art in the Libraries program develops exhibits and related programs in the Downtown Campus Library, Evansdale Library, and Health Sciences Library, highlighting the creative endeavors and scholarship of WVU faculty, staff, and students, reaching across the University, the region, and the broader academic community. Stay up to date at exhibits.lib.wvu.edu.
For more information on the initiation of the project and the Community Engagement Grant, see the WVU Libraries blog.