Virginia Commission for the Arts Presents Statewide Application Assistance Workshops

December, 2013

December 17, 2013
Contact:  Cathy Welborn, Program Coordinator

DECEMBER 17, 2013--The Virginia Commission for the Arts will present a series of statewide application assistance workshops to be held in January and February, 2014. Workshop locations include: Richmond, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Wytheville, Lynchburg, Winchester, Arlington and Norfolk.

VCA Program Coordinator Cathy Welborn and Arts in Education Coordinator Tiffany Glass Ferreira will provide an overview of grant programs, updates to the Guidelines for Funding, application and review procedures, as well as general tips on preparing competitive proposals in preparation for the March 1, 2014, and April 1, 2014, application deadlines.

Workshops are free and open to the public; pre-registration is not required. Attendance is not required in order to apply for Commission funding; however, workshops can be helpful for first-time applicants preparing requests for: General Operating Support Grants for Arts Organizations, Project Grants, Local Government Challenge Grants, Artists In Education Grants, Technical Assistance Grants, Touring Assistance for Presenters, and applications for inclusion in the Performing Arts Tour Directory and the Artist Roster.

Participants are encouraged to download the 2014-2015 Online Guidelines for Funding appropriate applications to bring to the workshop at Persons requiring the services of an interpreter for the hearing impaired should contact the Commission office at least one week in advance of the workshop.

Virginia Commission for the Arts Application Assistance Workshops will be held in the following locations: (Note: for specific directions or details for parking for the workshop you wish to attend, please contact the host sites directly in advance of the meeting day.)

Richmond, Area 5
January 8, 2014, 10am-Noon
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Pauley Center Parlor
200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 340-1400;

Charlottesville, Area 5
January 10, 2014, 10am-Noon
City Space,
in partnership with Piedmont Council for the Arts
100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 971-2787; Parking:

Roanoke, Area 3
January 14, 2014, 2pm-4pm
Mill Mountain Theatre
Waldron Stage
20 Church Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 342-5749;

Wytheville, Area 1
January 15, 2014, 10am-Noon
Southwest Virginia Housing Center, 
in partnership with The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation
105 East Main Street, Wytheville, VA 24382
(276) 228-7060;

Lynchburg, Area 2
January 16, 2014, 10am-Noon

Daura Gallery at Lynchburg College
1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501
(434) 544-8349

Norfolk, Area 6
February 5, 2014, 9am-11:00am
Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
745 Duke Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 664-6200;

Winchester, Area 4B (rescheduled)
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 1pm-3pm
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 662-1473;

Arlington, Area 4A (rescheduled)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1pm - 3pm
Arlington Arts Center

3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 248-6800;

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Commission distributes grants to arts and other not-for-profit arts organizations, educational institutions, educators, artists, and local governments. For 2014-2015 applications and more information about the Virginia Commission for the Arts, visit or call (804) 225-3132


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Virginia Commission for the Arts Awards $20,000 to Virginia Choreographers

December, 2013

December 17, 2013
Contact:  Cathy Welborn, Program Coordinator

RICHMOND, VA - The Virginia Commission for the Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 Artists Fellowships. Fellowships are awarded annually to artists residing in Virginia in recognition of creative excellence and to support their pursuit of artistic excellence.

This year, four Virginia artists have been honored in the field of choreography. The awarded artists will each receive fellowships of $5,000.

Fellowships in Choreography were awarded to:

ianeCoburn-105Diane Coburn Bruning (Alexandria) is an award-winning choreographer who has worked with dance, theatre and opera companies throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, two fellowships New York Foundation for the Arts, the McKnight National Fellowship, Sundance Film Institute Fellowship and grants from Meet the Composer, Harkness Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, The Carlisle Project, Strauss Fellowship and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography. Diane has worked with Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, American Repertory Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey II, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet Memphis, Daghdha Dance (Ireland), Minnesota Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Washington National Opera and Glimmerglass Opera among others. She founded Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians in New York in 2000 and is re-establishing it in Washington DC with their first season at the Kennedy Center in June.  Diane graduated with honors from Butler University’s Jordan College of Arts and from NYU, and studied lighting and scenery on a post-graduate fellowship at Yale University School of Drama with Jennifer Tipton and Ming Cho Lee. She has been a guest artist at over twenty-five university dance departments. Diane is represented by Roger Yoerges.

courtneyCourtney Harris (Richmond) Assistant Professor of Dance at Virginia Commonwealth University, Ms. Harris hails from Texas where she danced professionally with the Houston Ballet under the directorship of Ben Stevenson from 1993-1999. During her tenure in Houston, she had the opportunity to perform a diverse spectrum of roles in many classical and contemporary ballets and worked with several renowned choreographers, including Jiří Kylián, Christopher Bruce, Trey McIntyre, and Stanton Welch. Some of her favorite roles include Odette/Odile from Stevenson’s “Swan Lake” and Manon from Sir Kenneth McMillan’s “Manon.” Harris additionally performed as a guest artist with Carlos Acosta and the Stars of the Houston Ballet, as well as Seattle-based modern dance choreographers Wade Madsen and Deborah Wolf. Also a certified instructor in the Pilates mat and equipment work, Harris has enjoyed training dancers, helping them access movement efficiency and healthy movement patterning. Interested in developing her choreographic voice after her dancing career, Harris earned a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and an MFA from The Ohio State University’s Department of Dance, while also receiving a minor in pedagogy through the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in College and University Teaching. Her passions for teaching and choreography currently inform her creative practices. Harris has presented her research “Classical Ballet Technique: The Inclusive Dance” and “Re-imagining the Sylph: Extending, Reinstating, and Subverting La Sylphide” at CORPS de Ballet International’s annual conferences. More recently, her satirical film “Pas”—co-created with her collaborator Charli Brissey—has screened nationally and internationally at dance and LGBTQ film festivals. Harris is delighted to return as teaching faculty to the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC for her second summer. 

Fellowship WinnerVanessa Owen (Richmond) is a freelance dance artist based out of Richmond, VA and holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Wright State University.  She has danced with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company (Kansas City, MO) and the Washington Reflections (Washington, DC).  She has performed works by choreographers such as Adam Hougland, Kiesha Lalama White, Gary Abbot, Shapiro and Smith, Beth Iguchi, and Justin Gibbs.  Vanessa’s choreography has been presented at Wright State University, the 30th Annual Choreographer’s Showcase in College Park, MD, and at the 15th Annual YES! Dance Invitational produced by K Dance in Richmond.

Fellowship WinnerWilliam Smith (Manassas Park)  Originally from Camden, New York, Mr. Smith started dancing under Delia Foley (A.R.A.D.) and completed the Royal Academy of Ballet’s advanced syllabus with merit.  He then attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City on a talent and merit scholarship.  Mr. Smith graduated with a B.F.A. in dance, ballet emphasis.  He has danced with the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Kansas City Youth Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Ballet Theater of Maryland, Roanoke Ballet, and is now in his second season with Manassas Ballet.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Commission distributes grants to arts and other not-for-profit arts organizations, educational institutions, educators, artists, and local governments. For 2014-2015 applications and more information about the Virginia Commission for the Arts, visit or call (804) 225-3132


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Spotlight Arts Organization: Piedmont Arts

December, 2013

Piedmont Arts

“Piedmont Arts is an integral part of Martinsville-Henry County and the surrounding area, because it exposes our citizens to all art forms. The universality of visual art, music, dance and literature appeals to all age groups from preschoolers to senior citizens. Although Piedmont Arts is located on Starling Avenue (in Martinsville), its impact reaches as far as our imaginations allow.”

–– Joyce Staples, educator and past president of Piedmont Arts’ Board of Directors

Mission Statement:
Piedmont Arts' mission is to facilitate ongoing enrichment of the lives of the people of Martinsville, Henry County and the surrounding area, through positive exposure, education and experiences in the visual and performing arts.

About the Organization:
A part of the Martinsville-Henry County community since 1961, when the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts encouraged the formation of a statewide network of local chapters, Piedmont Arts has been bringing visual arts, performing arts and arts education to Southern Virginia for more than 50 years.

Piedmont Arts’ six galleries feature rotating exhibits of work by local, national and international artists. The museum also hosts performing arts on and off site, including concerts, plays and lectures and offers classes, tours and special events throughout the year.

Piedmont Arts not only encourages artistic expression inside its walls, but within the community by providing arts-based educational programming to local schools and encouraging the development of a thriving arts-based economy through a public art program and Studio 107, a museum-run studio for artists in Martinsville’s historic Uptown. Studio 107 houses studios for 12 working artists, which are open to the public for classes, shopping and events. With the support of Studio 107’s artists, Piedmont Arts has instituted Uptown-wide First Friday Art Walks, which attract hundreds of visitors throughout the year and promote much-needed commerce within the Uptown area.

In 2011, Piedmont Arts received the Dominion ArtStars Shining Star Award from Virginians for the Arts for the extraordinary impact the museum makes on Martinsville-Henry County. Judges called the museum, “an impressive organization that contributes significantly to this rural community.”

Through programs like First Friday Art Walks, exhibits, educational outreach and performing arts, Piedmont Arts reaches tens of thousands of Martinsville-Henry County’s 70,000 residents every year and greatly contributes to the economic, educational and cultural vitality of Southern Virginia.

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