CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently announced the appointment of Jamie Dempsey-Butcher to the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. The appointment runs through June 30, 2018.
“I am pleased that Jamie has agreed to share her local expertise with a group that promotes the arts across the state of West Virginia,” Gov. Tomblin said. “She has done great things for the arts in Logan County, and I know she will provide valuable input to others in our great state.”
The West Virginia Commission on the Arts serves as a citizen advisory board to the Division of Culture and History. Specific activities of the commission include providing guidance to the commissioner and agency directors in the establishment of a state plan for the Arts Section; approving and distributing grants-in-aid and awards from federal and state funds; encouraging and promoting the purposes of the agency; approving rules concerning the professional policies and functions of the agency; and advising and consenting to the appointment of agency directors by the commissioner.
Dempsey-Butcher has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marshal University and a law degree from West Virginia University.
Dempsey-Butcher has been involved in theatre since the age 15. She also has experience in marketing, public relations, and electronic media.
Dempsey-Butcher serves as president for the Board of Directors of Southern Coalition for the ARTS, Inc., a new theatre company whose mission is to help revitalize downtown Logan through history, culture, and art. This new group is quickly making a name for itself for its high-quality productions at the Coalfield Jamboree Theatre in downtown Logan, West Virginia and for its innovative and creative approaches to breathing life back into small towns.
Dempsey-Butcher is married to Joshua D. Butcher and has two daugthers, Kathryn and Lauren.