Leigh Anne Riley
Director of Performing Arts Outreach & Development
Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts is dedicated to providing students with quality training and exposure to the arts. Instruction in visual art, music, and theatre enables students to appreciate, perform and create. The academy utilizes Fairmont State facilities and highly qualified instructors drawn from Fairmont State faculty and area teachers. The Academy uses the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts standards as a base for its curriculum. The Academy for the Arts is integral to Fairmont State University’s long-standing identification with its community, in particular the cultural and social development of the region.
The Mission of the Music Preparatory Department of The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts is to provide the highest level of instruction in Music to students of all ages and abilities. This includes opportunities to perform in a safe, positive atmosphere to encourage the creative and artistic growth of all of our members. Our primary objective is to stimulate growth and inspire the creativity of the individual student and to identify and address the musical needs of the community at large.
The Mission of the Theatre Arts Preparatory Department of The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts is to provide quality instruction in the theatre arts based on a sequential, age-appropriate curriculum taught by qualified instructors. In cooperation with the Academy for the Arts Youth Theatre Company, the Theatre Arts Preparatory Department also provides students opportunities to apply their learning in an environment that fosters teamwork, creative thinking, and professionalism.
The Visual Arts Preparatory Department of The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts provides all ages with a range of visual art media and experiences. Classes include quality age-appropriate instruction taught by qualified instructors. Children are encouraged to explore creative problem solving while adults enjoy revisiting artistic interests or learning a new skill through hands-on activities in a group atmosphere.