The African American Arts & Heritage Academy (AAAHA) is now accepting applications for its July 8-14 summer academy. The 28-year-old academy offers students 13 to 18 years of age one week of concentrated study in an artistic discipline of their choice. Classes and workshops will focus on dance, vocal and instrumental music, which include strings, steel drums and song writing, drama, visual arts, creative writing and history and culture.

The academy takes place on the Evansdale campus of WVU in Morgantown. Approximately 40-45 teenagers attend the academy each year. At the end of the week, the students present a showcase for faculty, parents and the public.

During the week, students will join a community of gifted peers and experience artistic and cultural challenges geared toward their age. They will study from professional artisans and teachers with years of experience working with youth. Other activities include a talent show, picnic and swimming at a wave pool, a dance, entertainment from guest artists and open mic poetry.

When the week concludes, students will have strengthened their artistic talents and expanded their knowledge of the arts and the culture and heritage of African Americans.

To make a donation, contact Norman Jordan at 304-658-5526 or mail your contribution to AAAHA, PO Box 369, Ansted WV 25812.

The academy is fully accessible and adheres to WVU’s Equal Opportunity/affirmative Action mission statement. All teenagers are welcome regardless of race, ethnic background, color, sex, gender or disability.  Each selected participant receives a free tuition scholarship, but must pay a $200 activity fee to help cover other expenses.

Application deadline is June 1.

For more information or to request an application, call Jacqueline Dooley at 304-293-3875, or visit the website at

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