• Virginia Commission for the Arts Presents Statewide Application Assistance Workshops

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Cathy Welborn, Program Coordinator
    804/225-3132, catherine.welborn@arts.virginia.gov

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    DECEMBER 1, 2014--The Virginia Commission for the Arts will present a series of statewide application assistance workshops to be held in January 2015.  Workshop locations include:  Richmond, Norfolk, Farmville, McLean, Manassas, Staunton and Marion.

    VCA staff 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 2, 2015, and April 1, 2015, 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 read the 2015-2016 Online Guidelines for Funding before attending.

     Those 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.)

    Area 5   Richmond
    Thursday, January 8, 2015, 10am-Noon
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Pauley Center Parlor
    200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    (804) 340-1400; www.vmfa.state.va.us

    Area 6   Norfolk                         
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015,  10am-Noon
    Chrysler Museum of Art
    Diamondstein Education Workshop
    245 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 965-2046; www.chrysler.org

    Area 2   Farmville     
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 10am-Noon
    RESCHEDULED: Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 10am-Noon
    Longwood Center for the Visual Arts

    129 N Main St, Farmville, VA 23901
    (434) 395-2206; http://lcva.longwood.edu/

    Area 4A McLean
    Thursday, January 22, 2015, 10am-Noon  
    McLean Community Center
    Community Hall A
    1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA 22101
    (703) 790-0123; www.mcleancenter.org

    Area 4B   Manassas
    Friday, January 23, 2015, 10am -Noon
    Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas
    9419 Battle St, Manassas, VA 20110
    (703) 330-2787; www.center-for-the-arts.org

    RESCHEDULED DATE
    Area 3 - Staunton

    NEW DATE: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 10am-Noon
    Staunton Augusta Arts Center
    R.R. Smith Center for History and Art
    20 S. New Street, Staunton, VA 24401
    (540) 885-2028; www.saartcenter.org

    Area 1    Marion
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 10am-Noon
    Marion Town Hall/Municipal Building
    138 West Main Street, Marion, VA 24354
    (276) 783-4113 ext. 1015; www.marionva.org

    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 www.arts.virginia.gov or call (804) 225-3132