The Beckley arts community prepares for the fourth annual BEX Arts Week


BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) — The fourth annual BEX Arts Week is set to return on July 15.

BEX first took place in 2019. It was created by four members of the local arts community – Shane Pierce, Saja Montague, Christine Kinder and Jared Kaplan – with the goal of creating accessible, affordable and engaging arts programming.

Quickly, the festival created a huge appeal in the region for doing just that.

Throughout the week, from July 15 to July 23, nearly 30 different programs will be offered to satisfy all artistic mediums.

And most are free!

Programs will take place at the Beckley Art Center, Beckley’s Word Park and the Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre. The program includes an architecture tour, camera obscura art installations, cyanotype and astrophotography workshops, a musicians showcase, a film festival and more.

Two of the event’s four co-creators sat down with WVVA to explain the purpose behind BEX.

“We try to bring affordable, thought-provoking arts programming, it’s basically a way to creatively engage our community,” Kinder said.

“…It’s something we think about throughout the year, and it turns into a week full of, you know, community events,” Montague added.

Art Week is created through a collaborative effort between organizations, businesses and individuals, all of whom have a desire to develop a creative community.

For more information about BEX and its upcoming programs, visit or 2022 BEX Arts Week on Facebook. The organizers say to book your place now because some events will fill up quickly!

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