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Passing it on!

Each summer Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College offers music and dance classes from many traditions in the form of theme weeks: Cajun/Creole Week, Early Country Music Week, Blues & Swing Week, Bluegrass Week, Old-Time Week, Vocal Week. Each theme week is offered concurrently with Craft, Arts, & Folklore classes.

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Music & Dance Theme Weeks

Each summer Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College offers music and dance classes from many traditions in the form of theme weeks: Cajun/Creole Week, Early Country Music Week, Blues & Swing Week, Irish Week, Bluegrass Week, Old-Time Week, Vocal Week, American Vernacular Dance Week. Each theme week is offered concurrently with Craft, Arts, & Folklore classes.

Passing it On 2020, Virtual Edition

Read about our new digital projects below

Augusta is launching a new digital season in Winter 2020-2021

Feeling music-deprived? We’ve got you covered. 

Digital learning at Augusta! We are offering a winter season of lessons on our new digital learning platform. Go to augustaartsandculture.org to see all of the lessons from our incredible artists. Registration will open November 30 and classes will be available from November 30, 2020 through April 1, 2021

Visit the Augusta Arts & Culture Page

Winter Augusta Instructors:

Tim O’Brien (Bluegrass vocals and mandolin)

Avril Smith (Bluegrass guitar)

Gina Furtado (Bluegrass banjo)

Kimber Ludiker (Bluegrass fiddle)

Lauren Price (Bluegrass mandolin)

Beth Chrisman (Country fiddle)

JP Harris (Country vocals)

Ross Bellenoit (Country electric guitar)

Alice Gerrard (Old-time and country vocals)

Elizabeth Laprelle (Old-time vocals)

Erynn Marshall (Old-time fiddle)

Emily Schaad (Old-time fiddle)

Tricia Spencer (Old-time fiddle)

Howard Raines (Old-time fiddle and guitar)

Rachel Eddy (Old-time banjo, fiddle, guitar)

Ben Townsend (Old-time banjo)

Brad Kolodner (Old-time banjo)

Carl Jones (Old-time banjo and guitar)

Connie Steadman (Gospel vocals)

Lonnie Norwood (Gospel vocals)

Doris “Lady D” Fields (Blues vocals)

Jontavious Willis (Blues guitar)

Joey Saye (Blues guitar)

Eamon O’Leary (Irish guitar, mandolin and vocals)

Laurie Goux (Tap and Caribbean dance)

Augusta stands with BIPOC

At the Augusta Heritage Center, we believe and affirm that Black lives matter, and we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize that we live in a society in which the lives of Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color are affected dramatically by the injustices of systemic and pervasive racism in its many forms.  

 

As a traditional arts organization, it is our responsibility to highlight and celebrate the longtime artistic contributions of Black people to American culture by working with, learning from and promoting the talents of Black artists who are actively carrying on these traditions. We recognize that we must continually work to make sure that our practices—educational, hiring, outreach and moreuphold this responsibility and positively impact our entire community. We understand that our organization must work proactively to achieve cultural appreciation and not appropriation. 

 

We believe that the above statements are in alignment with and are critically important to our organization’s mission, “to promote and nurture traditional music, dance, foodways, craft, and folklore of West Virginia and beyond, especially the culture of marginalized groups…[and] to enrich our local cultural landscape, provide community access to a diverse range of human experiences and creative ideas, as well as to elevate traditional arts and artists.