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Virginia Commission for the Arts Presents Statewide Application Assistance Workshops

  • October 30, 2017--The Virginia Commission for the Arts will present a series of statewide application assistance workshops to be held in November and December 2017.  Workshop locations include:  Fredericksburg, Richmond, Arlington, Newport News, Emory, Lynchburg, and Harrisonburg.

    VCA staff will provide an overview of grant programs, including information about the new Online Grant Application System as well as updates to the Guidelines for Funding, application and review procedures, and general tips on preparing competitive proposals in preparation for the March and April 2018 application deadlines. 

    Workshops are free and open to the public; pre-registration is not required.  Attendance is not required in order to apply for Commission funding; however, workshops can be helpful for first-time applicants preparing requests for:

    * General Operating Support Grants for Arts Organizations
    * Project Grants
    * Local Government Challenge Grants
    * Artists In Education and AIE Express Grants
    * Technical Assistance Grants
    * Touring Assistance for Presenters
    * Applications for inclusion in the Performing Arts Tour Directory and the Artist Roster
    * Artist Fellowships

    Participants are encouraged to read theOnline Guidelines for Funding and preview the Online Application Webinar and Tutorials here: http://www.arts.virginia.gov/grants.html. Those persons requiring the services of an interpreter for the hearing impaired should contact the Commission office at least one week in advance of the workshop.

    Virginia Commission for the Arts Application Assistance Workshops will be held in the following locations:  (Note: for specific directions or details for parking for the workshop you wish to attend, please contact the host sites directly in advance of the meeting day.)

    Area 4B Fredericksburg
    Tuesday, November 28, 2017; 1pm-3pm
    Fredericksburg Public Library
    1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
    (540) 372-1144 ext. 7226; http://www.librarypoint.org/fredericksburg

    Area 5   Richmond 
    Tuesday, December 5, 2017; 10am-12noon
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Pauley Center Parlor
    200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    (804) 340-1400; www.vmfa.state.va.us

    Area 4A Arlington
    Wednesday, December 6, 2017; 1pm-3pm
    Arlington Arts Center
    3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
    Metro: Silver & Orange Lines: Virginia Square 
    (703) 248-6800; www.arlingtonartscenter.org

    Area 6  Newport News
    Friday, December 8, 2017; 10 am to noon
    Peninsula Fine Arts Center
    101 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
    (757) 596-8175; https://pfac-va.org/

    Area 2  Lynchburg
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017; 1pm-3pm
    Academy Center for the Arts
    600 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504
    (434) 846-8499; www.academycenter.org

    Area 1  Emory
    Wednesday, December 13, 2017; 10 am-12noon
    McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry College
    30481 Garnand Drive, Emory, VA 24327
    (276) 944-6333; www.ehc.edu/mca/

    Area 3  Harrisonburg
    Thursday, December 14, 2017; noon-2pm
    The Ice House, Meeting Room 117
    127 West Bruce Street, Harrisonburg, VA  22807
    540-568-4696; Parking in the Bruce Street garage, one half block from the Ice House

    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

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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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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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