Advisory Panels

The advisory panels of the Virginia Commission for the Arts make recommendations and give guidance that will affect the future of the arts in the Commonwealth. They are appointed for one-year terms and may be reappointed twice to serve a maximum of three years. The quality and integrity of the Commission’s decision-making depend upon the individual contributions of time, thought, and energy of these volunteers.

Each of the panels consists of seven to nine members identified through self-recommendation, recommendation from other colleagues/peers, and/or by invitation from the Commission's Executive Director. The panelists are artists, arts administrators, trustees of arts organizations, arts educators, and arts supporters from that region. They are chosen for their expertise in the arts, their ability to work with others in a panel situation, and their willingness to devote the time required to review applications. In making appointments to the panels the Commission attempts to balance each panel with knowledge of the different arts disciplines and diverse cultural perspectives.

Regional Advisory Panels For FY23 General Operating Support Grants.
(Dates, Times, Locations, Panelists TBD)
Advisory Panels Regions Map

Statewide Panel Meetings:

Advisory Panel Nominations

Nominations for the advisory panels may be submitted to the Commission office at any time during the year. Each nomination is kept on file for three years.

Who is eligible for the panels?

  • an individual may nominate him or herself
  • individual artists in all discipline
  • artistic directors of arts institutions
  • curators and museum directors
  • heads of performing arts presenting series
  • managers of arts institutions
  • board leaders of arts institutions
  • college faculty in the visual arts, music, thatre, dance, and creative writing
  • folklorists
  • managers of individual performers and touring companies
  • arts educators, school administrators, teachers, and PTA/PTO representatives
  • writers and editors
  • community leaders with an understanding of the role of the arts in their communities

Panelist nominations should include:

  • a brief description of the individual's experience in the arts
  • an address
  • a telephone number
  • an email address

Please send panelist nominations to:

Janet Starke, Executive Director
Virginia Commission for the Arts
Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 330
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Or via email: