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About BARC

Bluefield Arts & Revitalization Corporation

BARC has been named the 2024 Governor's Arts Organization of the Year by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture & History. 

The Bluefield Arts & Revitalization Corporation (BARC) is an arts-focused and community-based not-for-profit organization. BARC’s mission is to use the arts to create opportunities for education, employment, and entertainment in downtown Bluefield, West Virginia.

BARC’s mission is to use the arts to create opportunities for education, employment, and entertainment in downtown Bluefield, West Virginia. 

West Virginia Governor's Award for the Arts

Our Programs

  • Lessons in Film Education

  • Music Across the Years

  • Family in Youth Theater Program

  • STEAM Program, Math & Technology

  • Community Development

Community Development

Real estate development, job creation, and innovative financing in support of the arts

BARC is dedicated to leveraging the power of the arts to enrich the fabric of downtown Bluefield, West Virginia. 

These projects include the restoration of the Historic Granada Theater, two state-of-the-art theaters at Raleigh Street Cinemas, and the renovation and reopening of the Paine Gallery. 

The Theater was modernized in 1949 to the plans of architect E. H. Geissler. The theater was built for vaudeville acts and brought many talents to the area such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Greer Garson. 

The Granada Theatre opened January 2, 1928, with Mary Astor in "Rose of the Golden West." 

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