West Liberty University graduate Rachel Shipley, Wheeling, is now serving as artist educator fellow with the WLU Center for Arts and Education.
Shipley will serve as liaison to area schools, assisting in the implementation of grant-based art activities in both public and private elementary and middle schools.
Her position is funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation through grants to the Center for Arts and Education, and Pittsburgh museums, including the Mattress Factory, the Pittsburgh City Theater Program and the Andy Warhol Museum.
As an extension of the Mattress Factory program, Shipley will provide follow-up support and integration in local schools throughout the fall semester.
Most recently, she represented West Liberty University at the MakeShop educators training at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
Located in Main Hall, the Center for Arts and Education came about in 2011 due to collaboration between the Appalachian Education Initiative and the Colleges of Education and Arts and Communication at West Liberty University, with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, in 2011. Its purpose is to provide innovative professional development programs and services to educators, students, teaching artists and others interested in the role of the arts in Pre-K to 12th grade education.