Performing Arts Tour Directory - Touring Assistance

Richmond Ballet

The touring assistance program is designed to ensure that all Virginians have the ability to enjoy high quality performances by our state’s finest touring artists. The performers listed in this directory represent a wide range of disciplines and have been selected by the Commission on the basis of artistic quality, sound management and the ability to provide inspiring, entertaining and educational programs for the citizens of Virginia.

We are pleased to provide this service to any non-profit Virginia organization. Arts organizations, theatres, Pre K-12 schools, colleges and universities, libraries, parks and recreation departments, hospitals, nursing homes, service organizations, and units of local government are all examples of eligible non-profit presenters that may apply for up to 50% of the performance and/or educational program fees of the performers..

The online directory includes a brief biography, description of programs, contact information, fees, availability andtechnical requirements for each performer. We have provided this basic information so that you can decide if the artist or ensemble is likely to fulfill your programming needs. You can learn more about the performers by visiting their websites and by contacting them directly to plan and explore possibilities together.

Teaching Artist Roster - Arts in Education Grants

Welcome to the Virginia Commission for the Arts Teaching Artist Roster.  We are currently in the process of revising our Teaching Artist Handbook and application process with the goal of establishing an updated and viable Virginia artist roster.  The new Teaching Artists Handbook and Teaching Artist Application will be uploaded to our website over the summer of 2015 with applications being accepted October 1, 2015 and April 1, 2016.

The Teaching Artist Roster includes contact information, fees, background, availability and description of a sample Artist Residency for the consideration of schools applying for Artists in Education grants.

Artists in Education grants provide preschool, elementary and secondary students and teachers with opportunities to work with professional artists either in a school setting, after-school program or summer activities. These grants support educational programs in the arts that enhance arts instruction in the school curriculum. In addition, the grants will support the training of professional artists to work with elementary and secondary students.

This service is provided to any Virginia elementary and secondary schools which meet the Basic Eligibility criteria of the Virginia Commission for the Arts; Private, federally tax-exempt schools that meet the Basic Eligibility criteria of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, including compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act and Not-for-profit arts organizations working in partnership with local schools.

Please direct any questions or inquiries regarding the Teaching Artist Roster to Casey Polczynski, Arts in Education Coordinator at