Friday October 11, 2013
From The State Journal
Kathy Mattea advocates arts’ role in education
By: Mike Ruben
Kathy Mattea continues to come home to West Virginia through her music and her messages.
The Cross Lanes native was motivated to produce her “Coal” album following the 2006 Sago mine disaster. Her latest album, “Calling Me Home,” presents a strong reference to her Mountain State roots.
In addition to environmental issues, Mattea is an advocate for arts education. She’ll be addressing the topic during her 6 p.m. Oct. 22 “Finding Your Path” presentation at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Millwood, Jackson County. Former Gov. Gaston Caperton also will be attending.
Mattea acknowledges that she excelled in math and science as a young student, but she said the arts provided her with the opportunity to “fit in.” Double promoted as an elementary school student, she was labeled by her peers as a “brainiac.”
“When I found music, I found a way to connect with other people that didn’t have to do with social skills or fitting in,” said Mattea, who will be in Charleston for the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction event Nov. 16 at the Culture Center Theater. “If we had a song and a guitar we could all sing together and there we were. We were a community.