It was hard sometimes to tell who was in costume and who was not:
Clowns, cops and Civil War soldiers mingled above the "well," the center of the second floor of the Capitol's Rotunda, as they all looked down below to where Horace Mann Junior High School performed:
This is an important event for west Virginia arts, as the artists have an opportunity to showcase their work and meet with their legislators to promote the arts and ask for support. In hard economic times, the arts generally suffer first and deeply, and it takes time to build back again when times are better. The support of our lawmakers is critical. Creative experiences in music, writing, theater, dance, painting and all the other arts is essential to a healthy, well-rounded and educated society. Failure to recognize the value of these endeavors is to impoverish or minds and removes much of the beauty and joy from our lives. Imagine a day without music! Or a library with no fiction or poetry, a world with no paintings, sculpture or dance. What a sad, dreary existence.
I had a little time to wander around, talk to people and take a few photos.
This little guy must have been tired and stopped to rest a bit:
And Robert C. Byrd was there, supporting the arts: