A partnership between The Creative Council of the C*Town Arts and Culture District and the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation department brought the Create Your State tour to Charles Town last week.
The tour is a multimedia performance and workshop geared to inspire and empower creative community transformation. The group, based in Princeton, W. Va., came to Charles Town to share their story of how the arts reignited their once abandoned downtown with creative capital. Through the arts, the group has created an atmosphere that attracts other businesses and their downtown is now once again a vibrant, thriving area attracting tourism and additional businesses.
Lori McKinney, project manager, shared part of her story of growing up in the Princeton area and just wanting to leave. That sentiment, she said, is common in youth throughout the state.