Wednesday May 14, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
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Eastern WV Community & Technical College 
316 Eastern Drive
Moorefield, WV 26836

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Dreama Kelly
Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College 
304-434-8000 ext 230

Eastern West Virginia

Community & Technical College


Please join us for a lively discussion about generating a creative economy in the Potomac Highlands region of West Virginia. Lunch will be available. If you're interested in joining us for lunch, please register by Friday, May 9th. Otherwise, registration remains open until the day of the event. The event is free to attend.

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Special Guests:

Michael Killoren 

Local Arts Agencies & Challenge America Director

Michael Killoren serves as the director for Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America Fast-Track at the National Endowment for the Arts. He is responsible for the grantmaking processes for Local Arts Agencies (LAA's), developing partnerships to advance the LAA field as a whole, and the Challenge America Fast-Track program. 

Most recently, Killoren served as director of Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, a cabinet-level position, from 2002 through 2010, where he led the city department's funding and public art programs, developed policy initiatives to increase public access to arts and culture, and established a groundbreaking partnership to restore arts education in Seattle Public Schools.

Prior to July 2002, Killoren was Seattle's first director of cultural tourism for Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau, where he launched an initiative to promote the region's cultural assets.  He also served as an arts program coordinator and later executive director of the King County Arts Commission, where he worked to increase access and participation in arts and culture, with a focus on rural and suburban communities.  He also served as managing director of the Alice B. Theatre, all three organizations based in Seattle. For three and a half years prior to moving to Seattle in 1993, Killoren was part of the programming staff at the Sheldon Arts Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri.

Killoren has served as president and vice-president of the U.S. Urban Arts Federation of Americans for the Arts, and as a member of the Downtown Seattle Association Marketing Committee, among other community service positions. He has a BA in media arts from Webster University in St. Louis and completed graduate studies in telecommunications at Indiana University, Bloomington.


Nancy Daugherty

Nancy has been an Arts Education Specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts since June 2000. She has worked with applicants in all arts fields and disciplines, and is currently focused in the disciplines of dance, literature, music, theater and musical theater. She works with state arts agency arts education managers helping design an annual professional development institute through the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Arts Education Partnership. From 2004 through 2007 she managed the agency’s Summer Schools in the Arts program, a national initiative designed to assess student learning and offer potential models of rigorous, standards-based arts education. Prior to her federal service she was the Arts Education Manager for the West Virginia Commission on the Arts where she managed the Governor’s Task Force on Arts in Basic Education. For the Center for Economic Options she developed training and marketing opportunities for sector-specific micro enterprise networks, such as the Appalachian Flower Network. She has served as a facilitator, presenter, consultant, panelist and conference planner for many state and national arts organizations.  She attended Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC and is a graduate of West Virginia University. 


Amy Postalwait

A native of West Virginia, Amy Postalwait joined the West Virginia Humanities Council staff in February 2008 as grants administrator. Postalwait oversees the day to day operations of the grants program assisting grantees with applications, reviewing reports, coordinating payments, and traveling statewide to present grant writing workshops. She previously worked for the West Virginia Attorney General=s office as the consumer coordinator where she coordinated and implemented marketing and public relations plans and managed consumer protection education programs. She earned a B.S. in Communications, with a minor in professional writing and a specialization in marketing research, from West Virginia State University. Ms. Postalwait will complete her Master’s degree in Leadership Studies from Marshall University Graduate College in August.