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Governor Ralph Northam Announces Commission Appointment

  • August 9, 2018 - On behalf of the Commissioners, I am pleased to share with you Governor Northam’s appointment of Janet Starke to serve as Executive Director of the Agency. We are very fortunate to continue to have experienced and enthusiastic leadership to support the work of the Commission and our grantee organizations. We look forward to working with Janet and the Commission staff, as well as each of Virginia's arts organizations dedicated to bringing outstanding arts experiences and educational programs to children and adults across the Commonwealth. – John V. Rainero, Chair, Virginia Commission for the Arts

    About Janet Starke

    Prior to her appointment, Janet served as Executive Director of Richmond Performing Arts Alliance since November 2015, having served as the organization’s Director of Education for six years prior. A native of Chesterfield County, Janet has worked in arts education and performing arts institutions for 22 years, in Richmond, Nashville, Memphis, Charlotte and Cincinnati. Janet holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Administration from Shenandoah University, and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory. She has served as a grants panelist for Virginia Commission for the Arts, Montalvo Teaching Artist Fellowship, The Kennedy Center and US Department of Education. She has presented nationally at conferences and symposia, including those of Arts Education Partnership, Southeast Center for Education and the Arts, Arts Schools Network, U.S. Department of Education, Americans for the Arts, and National Arts Marketing Project.

    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 more information about the Virginia Commission for the Arts, visit www.arts.virginia.gov or call (804) 225-3132.

Announcing Five New Commissioners

  • Governor Ralph Northam has appointed five new commissioners to the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  They represent economic, academic, business, civic, and cultural sectors of Virginia and bring a wealth of talent and experience to the 13 member statewide Board

    Commission Chair John Rainero (Bristol) commented: "We appreciate the governor appointing these highly qualified and respected leaders to our board. My fellow commissioners and I look forward to serving with the new appointees as we continue to support, promote, and provide opportunities for artists and arts organizations around the Commonwealth".

    The new appointees to the Virginia Commission for the Arts are:

    • Terry Emory Buntrock, of Williamsburg, Founder and President of the Triangle Arts & Culture League, Inc.
    • Asa M. Jackson of Hampton, President and Founder of The Contemporary Arts Network; Member, Education and Planning Committee of The Hermitage Museum
    •  Ashleigh Smith Maggard of Cape Charles, Executive Director of Eastern Shore's Own Arts Center
    • The Honorable Laurie Naismith of Norfolk, former Secretary of the Commonwealth
    • The Honorable David Trinkle, MD of Roanoke, Associate Dean for Community and Culture, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; former member, Roanoke City Council

    With the Commission's focus on the important connections between the arts and economic revitalization, community building, creative workforce development, and mental health and wellness, the new commissioners join a talented roster of arts and business leaders who fund and promote arts and cultural organizations around Virginia.

    The five new commissioners will join their fellow board members at the September 27th meeting of the Commission in Richmond .

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  • Main Street Center

    The Virginia Commission for the Arts is pleased to announce that Jessica Howard, a senior at Rock Ridge School in Ashburn, Virginia is the 2017 Virginia Poetry Out Loud Champion.  Jessica was selected from among twelve regional competitors who advanced to the state championship. The competition was held on March 10, 2017 and hosted for the third year by the Community Idea Stations WCVE, Richmond, VA. READ MORE 

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Virginia Commission for the Arts is Moving to Main Street Centre

  • Main Street Center

    The Virginia Commission for the Arts will be moving its offices to Main Street Centre from Thursday, January 12 through - Monday, January 16. We will not be available by phone during this time. If you have any questions for VCA staff, please call us before January 12th or send us an email.

    We will re-open on Tuesday, January 17th in our new location.

    Please update your files with our new address:

    Virginia Commission for the Arts
    Main Street Centre
    600 East Main Street, Suite 330
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    (804) 225-3132

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Virginia Champion Wins 2016 National Poetry Out Loud Competition


  • Ahkei Togun, a senior at Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach, won the 2016 National Poetry Out Loud competition on Wednesday, May 4th at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Ahkei prevailed over all the other state champions with his captivating recitation of “Bereavement” by William Lisle Bowles. His championship includes top poetry honors and a $20,000 prize. READ MORE
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