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Mission Statement

WELCOME! We invite you to discover a world of Music, Theater, Art and Science. From exciting performances to family fun days, you're sure to find the Clay Center to be a priceless experience that will cause you to say, "WOW!" Our mission is to inspire creativity, learning and wonder through experiences in the arts & sciences for all people of West Virginia and the region.


WHAT IS THE CLAY CENTER? The 240,000 square foot Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences - West Virginia opened on July 12, 2003. The Center houses the performing arts, visual arts and the sciences under one roof - one of the few centers of its kind in the country. The facility is home to both the Avampato Discovery Museum and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The Clay Center is one of the most ambitious economic, cultural and educational undertakings in West Virginia history. The Clay Center enhances the region's "quality of life" and enriches the lives of all West Virginians. The Clay Center includes: Maier Foundation Performance Hall, an 1,883 seat theater with exceptional acoustics and sight lines Walker Theater, a black-box theater which can accomodate between 150 - 200 people depending upon the set-up The state-of-the-art Avampato Discovery Museum featuring: Two floors of interactive science exhibits An art gallery featuring selections from the Museum's Permanent Collections and traveling exhibitions The ElectricSkyâ„¢ Theater which presents planetarium shows and large format films on its giant domed screen Douglas V. Reynolds Intermezzo Cafe, which offers food for hungry visitors during the day and before selected performances BB&T Little Shop of Wonders Gift Shop with items from West Virginia and out-of-state artisans save





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