Pro-Art Association Brings Performing Arts to Students

WISE—The Pro-Art Association will bring performances to the campus of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise this year, with two more performances this fall and one in the spring.

The mission of the Pro-Art Association is to promote the arts and increase the accessibility of cultural experiences in Wise County, Lee County and Dickenson County for students and the community by booking touring groups from outside of the region.

Along with the events on campus, there are several performances that will take place off campus throughout the school year. Marketing and Communications Director Diana Skeen has been with the organization for over a year, and said she has witnessed the impact it has on students in the area.

“It’s so important for art and art education to be a part of the learning process,” Skeen said. “There’s nothing quite like walking into a packed auditorium of excited students about to experience something new, and for me that makes it all worth it.”

On Sept. 19, Dave Eggar & Chuck Palmer as Cellogram will perform “Balance in Two Worlds” with Sasha Lazardin the Gilliam Center at 8 p.m. This will give viewers a powerful look at the connection of music and martial arts.

Bomin Park will perform the program “Classical Meets Jazz”in Cantrell Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1. featuring famous pieces by Beethoven, Bach, Liszt and Chopin arranged into swing, blues, R&B, and jazz styles.

The final Pro-Art event to be held on campus will be on Apr. 4, when Johnson City Symphony Orchestra with Peter Ryan, Hannah Ryan and Ryan Wardell present “Celebrating 250 Years of Beethoven” in Cantrell Hall at 7 p.m.

All performances are free to students, but seating is limited. To reserve tickets, email or call (276)-395-4520.

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