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  • Virginia Arts Groups Worry About Potential Loss Of NEA Funding

    Margaret Vanderhye, the executive director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, helps distribute grants from NEA to organizations in the state. For her, supporting the arts is a patriotic duty. “To me, the arts have always been not only intrinsically important, but they’ve been important as a conduit to the type of society we want to have, regardless of our politics,” Vanderhye said. Vanderhye fears what would happen to groups, especially in rural areas, if that money dried up. “When you talk about a 21st-century economy, you can’t do it without creative people,” she said. READ MORE

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ROCK RIDGE SENIOR CAPTURES TOP POETRY OUT LOUD PRIZE

  • 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

  • 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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MY ART STORY by Virginia Commission for the Arts

  • RICHMOND, Va. In collaboration with the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the arts and culture of Virginia. READ MORE
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Virginia Commission for the Arts Awards $12,000 to Virginia Sculptors

  • The Virginia Commission for the Arts is pleased to announce the award recipients of the 2015-2016 Artists Fellowships. These annual awards are given to individual Virginia artists to recognize and support creativity and artistic excellence. This year, four artists have been honored in the field of sculpture. Each of the four artists will each receive a fellowship of $3,000 to pursue and advance their respective artistic careers. READ MORE
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The Virginia Commission for the Arts Congratulates Organizations Selected for the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2015 Our Town Grants

  • Richmond, Virginia-- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 69 Our Town awards totaling almost $5 million through the Our Town program's fifth year of funding. Three of those 69 are being awarded in Virginia. The NEA received 275 applications for Our Town this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000. READ MORE
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First-ever Virginia Shakespeare Initiative (VSI) Launches with Partner Meeting

  • 21 Organizations from across the Commonwealth joined in Richmond to collaboratively plan the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative. READ MORE
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Performing Artists Touring Roster Application Deadline July 15, 2015

  • The deadline for individuals and groups to apply for inclusion in the 2016-2017 Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Performing Arts Tour Directory is 5:00 p.m., July 15, 2015. Applications and all supporting materials must be received at the Virginia Commission for the Arts office at 1001 East Broad Street, Suite 330, Richmond, VA 23219 by the deadline (this is not a postmark date).READ MORE
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Virginia Commission for the Arts announces 2015 Poetry Out Loud State Champion

  • On Friday, March 13, 2015 at the WCVE public television studios in Richmond, Virginia, Ahkei Togun, a junior from Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach was named Virginia’s 2015 Poetry Out Loud Champion. At the state finals competition, he outperformed ten other contestants drawn from an original field that included over 10,800 high school students who participated throughout the Commonwealth. READ MORE
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