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Stephanie Monseu and 
Keith Nelson are

The Bindlestiff Family

Cirkus.  Coming to

the Lincoln Theater on

September 19 at 7:30 pm.

ArtsLink presents The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, who will bring big-time spectacle to the Lincoln Theater on Tuesday, September 19, at 7:30 pm with a miniature cast - in fact, just two. But this pair brings circus thrills like sure-footed balance atop the rolla bolla, sizzling target bullwhip cracking as an audience volunteer holds targets, and dizzying juggling patterns; sideshow chills including a live sword swallower; and vaudeville classics like spinning plates and other oddball and novelty prop manipulation skills you just don’t see every day. Audience participation abounds, and there is something for everybody to love. ArtsLink’s administrative coordinator, Donna Earley, remarks, “We saw this duo perform at a presenters conference last year and they are phenomenal! We’re all in for a very fun evening.”

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has toured nationally and internationally since 1995. Founded in NYC by Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performances have included literally hundreds of the world’s finest circus and variety artists. Nelson and Monseu, the "Mom and Pop” of the Bindlestiff Family, perform together as the Dynamic Duo, and bring their very unique and particular energy and style to each show. Truly, not your Grandpa’s circus - but the one you’ve always wanted to see.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. They are available for purchase with a credit card on line by following the link on ArtsLink’s website, or at the door. For more ticket information, please call the office at 304-455-2278.

This special ArtsLink event is sponsored by Riggenbach Tile & Carpet. Funding for this program made possible with assistance from The City of New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, Ohio Valley Online, the Wells Inn, and the Dominion Foundation. This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. This engagement of The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is made possible through the West Virginia Special Presenters Initiative Program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact us at 304-455-2278 to request assistance.

Sponsored by Riggenbach Tile & Carpet


ArtsLink board members present at the annual Safety Award ceremony included, back row, from left: Terry Wiley,
Barbara Vincent, Laura Kane, Dan Henthorn, Jane Knight, Scarlet Hood, Amanda McPherson, and Fawn Price;
front row: Bob DeFrancis, Brian Rogers, Miranda Rogers,
Clara Glover, and Debbie Bennett.


At the March meeting of the ArtsLink Board of Directors, Safety Committee Chairperson Clara Glover presented the annual Safety Award to ArtsLink president, Miranda Rogers. Ms. Rogers accepted the award on behalf of the membership. Glover remarked, “This award marks another year of commitment to safety by the ArtsLink membership.” Among the safety-related activities undertaken by the organization are a safe-driving presentation at the annual meeting and facility inspections prior to ArtsLink concerts and other functions.

ArtsLink is the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties and is committed to making the arts accessible to all. Upcoming activities include the Summer Coffeehouse Series and the Wayward Players production of Seussical, JR.

Support for ArtsLink’s programming is made possible with financial assistance from West Virginia Northern Community College, the City of New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, EQT Foundation, Dominion Foundation, Ohio Valley Online, Libby’s Kids Ministry, and the Wells Inn. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact ArtsLink at 304-455-2278 for assistance.



I'm writing with urgent news. Budget plans introduced by our legislative leaders would eliminate all funding for the West Virginia Commission on the Arts competitive arts grants that ArtsLink relies on to deliver programs to our communities.

The current 2017-18 budget bill before the West Virginia Legislature (SB 199/ HB 2018) and the plan introduced by the legislative leadership on Monday eliminate public arts funding for grants and other programs that ArtsLink and other nonprofits depend on to provide programming.

Legislators need to hear from constituents that arts funding must be restored to the budget. Please call and email legislators asking them to fund the arts.

These key legislators need to know that a vibrant arts community is critical to the economic health of the area and is a major attraction for visitors:

House of Delegates

Tim Armstead, Speaker  304-340-3210

Eric Nelson, Finance Chair  304-340-3230


Mitch Carmichael, President  304-357-7801

Mike Hall, Finance Chair 304-357-7901

Please also contact your legislative delegation and any legislators you know personally. For phone and email information for all members of the West Virginia Legislature, visit

The budget bill eliminates all funding for competitive grants such as the Community Arts Support Grant, which supports ArtsLink’s concert offerings, Missoula Children’s Theatre and our mini-grant program. The budget bill also eliminates all funding for Fairs and Festivals. The Fairs & Festivals budget line provides support for 75 events and programs, including the annual WV Oil & Gas Festival in Sistersville.

In addition, the proposal eliminates funding for competitive historic preservation grants funded by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. These grants have been critical in helping the City of New Martinsville preserve our nearly one-hundred-year-old Lincoln Theater building, which is a significant structure in New Martinsville’s historic district. It is vital that we preserve this iconic structure, which is a part of the West Virginia Historic Theater Trail and a major attraction for visitors to the area.

The proposed cuts in SB 199/ HB 2018 would amount to over $14,000 from ArtsLink’s current budget, nearly 20 percent. While we have sustained repeated cuts in state funding for the last several years, eliminating all state funding and grant opportunities would be devastating for ArtsLink, which serves a largely rural and often underserved population.

Last year ArtsLink provided arts education to nearly 1,000 students through school residencies by concert artists and the Missoula Children’s Theater production. ArtsLink served more than 1,400 adults through concerts, classes, workshops, and special events in the area. These opportunities would not be available without ArtsLink.

ArtsLink creates an economic impact in our region several times its budget. According to Arts Advocacy of WV, Every grant $1 leveraged $28. Grants leveraged additional funds from businesses, donors, foundations, and local government totally $20,294,891.

So, please contact as many legislators as you can, either by phone or e-mail and ask them to please fund the arts!


ArtsLink receives a donation from Dominion
Resources Services. Pictured left to right are, Carolyn Hizer, Mary Rohrig, Amanda McPherson, Miranda Rogers, Barbara Vincent, Scarlet Hood, Jane Knight, Larry Tackett, Clara Glover, and Brian Rogers.

Members of the ArtsLink Board of Directors recently received a donation from Dominion Resources Services, Inc. ArtsLink, the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties, will use the funding to support arts programs in area schools. Dominion and its philanthropic arm, The Dominion Foundation, annually award about $20 million to causes that protect the environment, promote education and help meet basic human needs.

The Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies, which also invest in communities through programs and volunteer activities. Christine Mitchell, Dominion’s local external affairs representative noted that Foundation grants are funded by shareholder dollars and are not borne by customers. “We are happy to support ArtsLink, and hope that it can continue to enhance the teaching of the arts to our local children,” said Mitchell.

For information on ArtsLink’s activities, please call 304-455-2278. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact ArtsLink to request assistance.
ArtsLink Website Gets Support
     The ArtsLink, Inc., website is now being hosted by a local software management company.  Ohio Valley Online, a division of Prosite Business Solutions, LLC, is helping ArtsLink to get its message across to residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley area. The ArtsLink website is  Ohio Valley Online is located at 732 Third Street in New Martinsville, next to Sounds Incredible.
     "The ArtsLink website is a great place to check for news about the organization, become a member or donor, or check out photos from recent events,"  said Fran Caldwell, ArtsLink president. "We are extremely grateful to Ohio Valley Online for their help."
The ArtsLink website was originally designed by David McCartney II, son of Dave McCartney, CFO at Wetzel County Hospital and a former ArtsLink board member, as a senior project for his college degree.  Ohio Valley Online took over the hosting of the website to make it easier for ArtsLink personnel to receive local technical support.
     "We are now able to quickly update the site and keep our information current",
Caldwell said.  Ohio Valley Online specializes in web design and hosting database enabled websites  where companies can post images, text, products and events themselves without the ongoing need of a web designer. 
Parent company Prosite Business Solutions, LLC was established in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1998 by the husband and wife Information Technology team of Cindy and Jason Warren, specializing in Ecommerce Websites, Quick Books Training, MS Access database development and overall IT solutions.  In September 2001, Prosite rolled out Pro Business Tools (SM) installation management tools and scheduling software were rolled out to companies nationwide to help them better manage their service business.
    In 2002, Prosite added an east coast location in New Martinsville, Cindy (Willey) Warren's hometown.  More information about Prosite is available online at
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