CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Musician Chuck Biel and filmmaker Danny Boyd are among the instructors signed up for six workshops aimed at creative people.Called the Creators Program, the workshops will take place at DigiSo, a new-media incubator and think tank at the West Virginia State University Economic Development Center, 1506 Kanawha Boulevard W."The program is designed to connect people who want to get into the creative industries with the people who are already there," Jenny Fertig, WVSU extension agent, said in a news release. "We expect it to further enhance our growing creative economy."Biel will teach the first session, "Music for Media, 101," from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22.
"It's a collaborative initiative in direct support of building diverse, creative, and profitable business opportunities and expanding local entrepreneurship," said Bill Woodrum, associate dean and associate director of the WVSU Extension Service.Participants can earn a creators certificate by completing 20 workshop units. Costs were not immediately available.A launch party and reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at DigiSo. Social media strategist Cartney McCracken, Arts Council of Kanawha Valley director Naomi Bays, entertainment industry lawyers Robert Bandy and Kevin Levine, state film office director Pam Haynes, author Laurie Helgoe and screenwriter Joseph Ng are among the instructors expected to attend the reception.The public is invited to attend and tour the facility, which includes a voice studio and video capture space.