Read all about our transformative arts work in our community

through various media here:


CLICK HERE for testimonials from the 2016 CYS communities.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Lori and her band mates with Option 22, and experiencing their Create Your State program and give them an unqualified thumbs-up!  Their music helped us launch a broad effort around creating a culture of empowerment, self-actualization and entrepreneurial thinking which has paid many dividends to our community.  I highly recommend their wonderful program! 

                                                                                                                                         Mike Tumbarello, Garrett College, MD
"The Create Your State presentation by Option 22 was the highlight of the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators spring conference. The creativity of Option 22 and the community of Princeton WV inspired us to strive for innovative ways to contribute to our local communities here in Maryland."
                                                                                                        -Cathy A. Ashby, Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators 

"The Create Your State program is an excellent addition to any programming designed to bring communities together and united toward a common goal.  When this was part of our program, it helped to unify high school students, business people, educators and artisans.  The musical component of this presentation is immensely powerful.  Anyone in attendance is sure to benefit greatly!"
 Jill K. Holliday, New River Community & Technical College

Archived Media From Previous Tours:

"Recreating communities: Grant funds to assist in artistic rebirth"

Princeton Times, October 30, 2015
by Tammie Toler 


"WV Artists Say It's Time to Create Your State"
State Journal, March 31, 2016
by Mike Rueben 

"Create Your State 2016"
by Fox 59 News - WOKTV & WVNS

by Kamrel Eppinger 

"Create Your State Tour Could be Great Opportunity for Fairmont"
Faimont News - September 28, 2016
by John Dahlia 

"Create Your State Tour Coming to Fairmont"
WBOY12 September 21, 2016
by Melissa Murray