Courtesy of Calhoun High School

Before spring break Cokie Gainer's science classes traveled to Charleston to spend the day at The Clay Center, one of West Virginia's newest facilities.

Students reported the trip was both fun and educational. This facility is open to the public and would make a great day for anyone, they reported.


The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences 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 Clay Center is one of the most ambitious economic, cultural and educational undertakings in West Virginia history. The Clay Center will "enhance the region's "quality of life" and enrich the lives of all West Virginians." The Clay Center includes"

- The Maier Foundation Performance Hall, an 1,883 seat theater with exceptional acoustics and sight lines.

- Walker Theater, a black-box theater which can accommodate between 150 - 200 people depending upon the set-up.

- The state-of-the-art Avampato Discovery Museum with two floors of interactive exhibit space.

- The premiere Juliet Museum of Art with permanent and visiting collections.

- The ElectricSky™ Theater which contains a Planetarium, a 70-mm large-format film theater, and laser shows/

- 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.

To learn more about the Clay Center, visit their web site at