Arts Monongahela was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1999 to advance the arts and enhance the community. In 2014 Arts Monongahela became the city of Morgantown’s first official Arts Council.
Arts Monongahela grew out of the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce’s Vision 2000 Program. As the Vision matured, it became clear to participants that the whole Morgantown community would benefit from a thriving arts life, but that it lacked an organization specifically designed to promote the arts.
Under the auspices of Vision 2000, a committee of volunteers studied how best to coordinate and cultivate Morgantown’s arts life. From this initiative, Arts Monongahela was formed to stimulate the arts for the benefit of all its citizens.
Arts Monongahela has remained viable thanks to the early and continuing dialogue, research, and support of the area’s major art groups, independent artists, government officials, business persons, and other community –supportive individuals. Community participation continues to maintain Arts Monongahela today.
Arts Monongahela’s mission is:
“To Advance the Arts and Enhance the Community.”
Arts Monongahela directly engages citizens and local artists by offering fine arts experiences in an intimate setting. Our goal is to stimulate awareness and appreciation of the fine arts by expanding and improving the economic, cultural and social structures of the Greater Morgantown Area. Arts Monongahela is located in the downtown Morgantown business area, and facilitates partnerships between the business community, citizens, university and educational institutions, individual artists and arts organizations to assure outstanding fine arts experiences for the community. Arts Monongahela represents all of the arts, including visual, literary and performing. We are building new audiences for all the arts, making the area arts organizations stronger and creating new business connections and opportunities for the community.