The Department of Education and the Arts provides statewide leadership and innovation, enhancing arts and minds throughout West Virginia. Composed of six agencies and a number of special programs originating from the Cabinet Secretary’s Office, the Department seeks to reinforce the rich heritage of culture, education and artistic creation in West Virginia. Education and the Arts celebrates the resilience of the “Mountain Character” through public broadcasting, libraries, rehabilitation, professional development, community volunteerism, and culture and history.
The Department of Education and the Arts represents the spirit of West Virginia. Programs by the Division of Culture and History enhance the artistic lives of our citizens, while preserving the artifacts and documents that authenticate our past. The department assists the disabled to seek better lives through the Division of Rehabilitation Services, and provides professionals with educational tools to further their expertise with the Center for Professional Development. The department seeks to maintain public access to manuscript and electronic volumes of literature and information through the West Virginia Library Commission and brings the best in public radio and television programming via West Virginia Public Broadcasting to educate, entertain and enlighten. Volunteer WV, the state's Commission for National and Community Service challenges West Virginians to strengthen their communities through service and volunteerism. The Department of Education and the Arts is part of the executive branch that provides Governor Jim Justice with support to bring progress to the State of West Virginia. Serving on Governor Justice's Cabinet, Secretary Gayle Manchin provides counsel to the executive officers and legislative members on issues concerning the diverse character of education and the arts.