Strong local arts organizations and a vibrant community of artists are essential for the arts to flourish in our everyday lives.
— West Virginia Commission on the Arts

The River House's Mission: 

To provide a safe, welcoming space where art and music catalyze deep community connections and nourish the lives of individuals of all ages and abilities.

    The River House Staff, Advisors and Collaborators

   River House activities are conducted through The River House, Inc. - a WV 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Day-to-day activities are managed by Executive Director, Johanna Murray - an artist, singer and local substitute teacher.  

   The Board of Advisors represents a diverse cross-section of the community: Beth ReeseBooth Dyess, Liz BraunJenn LockwoodHolly Knauff-SmithBarbara Caballero, Steve Bailes, Beth Wagner, Dakota Karper, Susan Feller, Stephen Gura, Carter Taylor Seaton.  

  The River House intends to collaborate with our public schools and local businesses, such as; Capon Bridge Library and The Farmer’s Daughter Market & Butcher, along with WV arts organizations, such as; Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC), Hampshire County Co-op, Augusta Heritage Center, WV Commision on the Arts, and TAMARACK.


Youth Internships and Job-training

   A special feature of The River House’s staffing is volunteer and paid youth internship program. Interns build an employment network and experience in a range of practical job skills including: arts; music; technology; teaching;  gardening; food handling; farm-to-table foods; nonprofit management; and customer service.