Fine Arts Festival

Registration begins January 1, 2021.

For many years the West Virginia Christian Education Association (WVCEA) has graciously invited CHEWV members to participate in their Fine Arts Festivals.  The WVCEA is affiliated with the national organization American Association of Christian Schools (AACS).  The Fine Arts Festival is a recognized statewide event where CHEWV members are able to gain recognition in areas of expertise.  Home educators in West Virginia may only participate through affiliation with CHEWV.

It must be understood that CHEWV is not a member of the AACS.  Therefore, at the Senior High level our students are not eligible to advance to the National Competition at Bob Jones University.  WVCEA has graciously invited our home educated students to participate at the state level for many years.  This invitation is very much appreciated because it gives home schoolers an opportunity to improve talents and earn state-level commendation from a recognized organization.  This can be valuable on college applications and in college portfolios.

Each student is critiqued and rated by at least two judges who have expertise in the area of entry.  The ratings are then averaged to determine whether the student will be given a Superior Award, an Excellent Award, or a rating.  At the Senior and Junior High Levels, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places are also awarded.


Quick Answers

When Are the Registration Deadlines?
Senior High - TBD

Junior High and Elementary - TBD
Who Can Participate?
Any CHEWV member student in grades 4th-12th.

There are 3 Festivals

4th – 6th Elementary

7th – 9th Junior High

9th – 12th Senior High

(9th graders can choose in which festival to participate.)
Where and When Are The Festivals?
Senior High Festival

Appalachian Bible College – Beckley, WV

March 11-12, 2021

Art entries usually need to be on-site early. Watch for updated details.

Junior High & Elementary Festivals

Grace Christian School – Huntington, WV

Junior High and Elementary: April 22-23, 2021
Junior High & elementary art entries must arrive by 9 am the day of the festival.

A Festival may be postponed due to bad weather. Times of performances on the day of the festival are scheduled by WVCEA. The volunteers at WVCEA are working with a large number of participants, so performance time requests cannot be made. This day should be set aside as Festival Day. Be prepared to travel and to be flexible. It is possible to have a 9:00 a.m. performance time and the Festival’s location be 3 hours from your home.
What Can My Student Do?
There are 5 areas -

You can choose from many options under each of these areas.

A complete listing of the options and a synopsis for each choice is under Categories below. Please note that the categories for Junior High/Elementary levels are not as broad as for the Senior High. Students may participate in 6 (5 for Junior High/Elem.) events on the day of the Festivals, plus have 3 art entries and take 5 academic tests.
How Much Does It Cost?
Per Student Fees 2020 (2021 fees coming soon):

The first entry in each category - Bible, Speech, Music, or Art - $9.00

Two or more entries in each category Bible, Speech, Music, or Art – $15.00 cap in each category


The first entry – $9.00

Two or more entries – $15.00 total

For example -

1 – Speech entry $9.00

3 – Art entries $15.00

Total $24.00

*Once the coordinator submits the official registration to the WVCEA, fees are non-refundable. A $10.00 per student Late Cancellation Fee, as imposed by the WVCEA, will be billed by CHEWV for any cancellations after the Friday prior to the Festival or no-shows on the day of the Festival. Cancellations prior to the Friday before the Festival will not be charged a late fee.
How Do I Contact the Coordinator?
Kimberly Johnson is the coordinator and can be emailed at