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Virginia Poetry Out Loud 2020-2021 Champion

Azhane Pollard, a senior at Hopewell High School in Hopewell, successfully earned the title as state champion for Virginia’s Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.

Watch the recording of Virginia’s Poetry Out Loud Competition, here.

Azhane will, next, represent the state at the Poetry Out Loud national semifinals on Sunday, May 2, 2021 beginning at 12pm ET,. To access the one-time-only webcast, via a one-time-only webcast here:

We wish her the best of luck!

Learn more, here.


Posted by Virginia Commission for the Arts on Thursday, March 25, 2021

News Archive

  • April 26, 2021- Latest Amendments to Executive Order 72 Pertaining to Arts and Arts Education, Shuttered Venues Operators Grant Updates and Reminders Regarding Upcoming Public Grants Panels (Virtual). Learn More, here.
  • April 14, 2021 - Virginia Poetry Out Loud Champion; 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert, SBA Updates, Know Your Rights as an Artist & Protect Your Work, Online, here.
  • March 30, 2021 - PPP Application Deadline Extension, Barbara Johns Statue RFQ, 2021 Poetry Out Loud Champion, VPM's Spectrum of Expression. Learn More, here.
  • March 23, 2021 - Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) PORTAL Information, Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Updates & Forms Learn More, here.
  • March 15, 2021 - American Rescue Plan, PPP Formula Changes Specifically to Help Self-Employed Workers, NEA Grants Opportunities, 2021 Actos de Confianza, Poetry Foundation Emergency Grants. Learn More, here.
  • March 8, 2021 - Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Updates, Vaccinate Virginia, Upcoming VCA Grant/Report Deadlines. Learn More, here.
  • February 22, 2021 - Call for Grants Panelists, Spring 2021 Grants Panels for Funding in 2021-2022. 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. Learn More, here.
  • February 12, 2021 - How are you? Take this Organizational Survey Today! New Artists on the Performing Arts Tour Directory Artists. Reminder! Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines. Read more, here.
  • February 1, 2021 - Webinar Scheduled: Unpacking the Latest Federal Relief Package, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, online here.
  • January 23, 2021- Art Works for Virginia: Reimagined, Reinvented, Restored: Online Registration, -NEW- Full Schedule of Breakout Sessions and Speakers, online here.
  • January 13, 2021 - Webinars Addressing Latest COVID Relief Tomorrow, Grant Deadlines, Art Works Speakers Announcements, CERF+'s COVID-19 Relief Grant Program Opens Today, Creative Community Development Webinar, NEW COVID-19 Research and Resources from the National Endowment for the Arts, online here.
  • December 22, 2020 - Holiday Greetings, Art Works Registration Open, and More, online here.
  • December 15, 2020 - Please use the following links to access the Application Assistance Workshop Recorded Webinar and - Application Assistance Workshop Slides (PDF)
  • November 12, 2020 - Virtual Application Assistance Workshop Announcement, Webinar link and meeting details online, here.
  • November 12, 2020 - November News, Virginia Commission for the Arts Board Chair Abigail Gómez Joins National State Arts Agency Board, Art Works for Virginia 2021 - SAVE THE DATE!, Read More, here.
  • October 28, 2020 - Mid Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund Awards, Poetry Out Loud Registration Open, Art Stars Awards, Resources. Learn More, here
  • October 23, 2020 - Leadership Listening Session for Arts Org Leaders, Viewing code: GiKCnsN6. Notes from VCA’s Leadership Listening Session for Arts Organization Leaders October 23, 2020, Online , here.
  • October 14, 2020 - The Small Business Administration issued a new PPP Forgiveness Application Form 3508S and 3508S Instructions for those small businesses that secured a PPP loan of $50,000 or less. Learn More, here
  • September 1, 2020 - Dominion Energy is inviting nonprofit arts organizations across Virginia to apply for a 2021 Dominion Energy ArtStars award starting September 1, 2020. Learn More, here:
  • August 11, 2020 - Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership Presented to House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, Opportunities for Artists and Organizations, plus - The Rebuild VA Grant Fund Application is now open.
  • July 30, 3030 - REMINDER Emergency Relief Fund for Individual Artists, Governor Northam Announces $70 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19 and more opportunities,
  • July 21, 2020 - Artist Resources and Upcoming Workshops, Reminder: Emergency Relief Fund for Individual Artists, Deadline: August 3, 2020 at 5 PM.
  • July 6, 2020 - PPP Loan Application Deadline Officially Extended to 8/8/20. Read more, here:
  • July 2, 2020 - Important Updates to FY21 Funding Guidelines and Announcement of Emergency Relief Grant for Individual Artists. Note: On June 17, 2020, the Commission Board voted to approve the following Guidelines Amendments for the remainder of the FY21 grants cycle, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more, here:
  • June 19, 2020 - The Virginia Commission for the Arts joins its agency peers to commemorate Juneteeth, Friday, June 19, the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. To support a full creative life for all, the Virginia Commission for the Arts commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that foster a just, inclusive, and equitable Commonwealth.
  • June 16, 2020 - National Endowment for the Arts Announces $1,160,000 in Investments in the Arts in Virginia. Awards include an increase to $760,000 for Virginia Commission for the Arts. Read more, here:
  • June 9, 2020 - Federal Loan Program Updates from Americans for the Arts, here.
  • June 2, 2020 - MAAF CARES Arts Organization Relief Grants, Information online, here:
  • May 28, 2020 - Leadership Listening Session: Virginia Presenters Network and Touring Artists, Additional Resources Online, here.
  • May 4, 2020 - More Than $1 Million Available for Virginia Arts and Humanities Organizations Struggling Due to COVID-19 - Virginia’s state-wide arts and humanities councils will receive more than $1 million in federal funds designated for emergency relief to arts and cultural organizations affected by the COVID-19 health crisis, according to a joint statement by Virginia Humanities and Virginia Commission for the Arts.Read more, here.
  • April 28, 2020 - CARES Act Funding for the Arts and Humanities in Virginia Information Session Webinar Presented by Janet Starke, Executive Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Matthew Gibson, Executive Director of Virginia Humanities, this webinar focuses on the current CARES Act funding available to support Virginia’s culture and arts non-profits. This webinar is archived online, here.
  • April 23, 2020 - VIRGINIA CARES EMERGENCY RELIEF GRANT - The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy. Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA), with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, has developed a program to expedite funds to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to organizations that add value to Virginia's economy and bolster the creative and cultural vitality of our communities. ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 8, 2020 by 5:00PM (EST). Read More, here.