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Recent News

  • December 13, 2018 -The Virginia Commission for the Artss Area 4A Application Assistance Workshop has been rescheduled. Join us on Monday, December 17, 2018 from 10am-12noon at Workhouse Arts Center (Bldg W-16). For all Workshop details, Click HERE.
  • December 9, 2018 - Due to inclement weather, the Application Assistance Workshop scheduled for Monday, December 10 at Workhouse Arts Center has been cancelled. For more information about upcoming workshops, visit: https://conta.cc/2GijmyC
  • November 20, 2018 -- Virginia Commission for the Arts is pleased to announce that the 2019 Art Works for Virginia conference will take place at the Hilton in Short Pump on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The keynote speaker is Crystal Ann Williams, Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Boston University, and a published poet/essayist. READ MORE, HERE: https://bit.ly/2A4642n
  • October 26, 2018 -- The Virginia Commission for the Arts will present a series of statewide application assistance workshops in November and December 2018. Workshop locations include: Chatham, Abingdon, Waynesboro, Glen Allen/Richmond, Lorton, Winchester and Virginia Beach.
    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 2019 application deadlines. Read More, here: https://conta.cc/2Q31WXc
  • October 5, 2018 - We are so pleased to announce that Art Works is returning this year. More details to come on our venue location and hotel, but SAVE THE DATE now—January 30, 2019. And note that Arts Advocacy Day will be January 31, 2019. In fact, as we work to finalize our offerings we want to hear from you! What topics do you want to learn more about? Please take a few moments to take this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Artworks2019
  • September 14, 2018 – Hurricane Florence Resources, READ MORE: https://conta.cc/2CVCNfh
  • September 12, 2018 – Greetings from the Executive Director and Arts Education News, READ MORE: https://conta.cc/2p7p7Uo
  • September 4, 2018 – The Virginia Commission for the Arts is currently accepting applications for the Teaching Artist Roster and AIEx (Artists in Education Express). READ MORE: https://conta.cc/2wHr39C
  • August 21, 2018 - The Virginia Commission for the Arts will open Technical and Organizational Development Assistance Grants to Virginia arts organizations beginning August 23, 2018. These grants are designed to provide outside help for arts organizations to improve their management, artistic quality, or community service. READ MORE: https://conta.cc/2MCfXgl
  • Aug 10, 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. READ MORE: https://conta.cc/2Lbc78Q
  • Aug 3, 2018 - 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. READ MORE: https://conta.cc/2BsZfLP
  • June 29, 2018 - Thank You and Farewell! As I depart as Executive Director for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, I feel confident that we can be proud of the work we have done together. We know that we stand on the shoulders of many arts leaders and artists, volunteers, and advocates who have paved the way for the vibrant and diverse cultural amenities and programs we enjoy in every corner of the Commonwealth. READ MORE: https://conta.cc/2BrFKU7
  • June 4, 2018 - Virginia Commission for the Arts Celebrates Milestones and Leadership Transitions. The Virginia Commission for the Arts is preparing for its annual June grant review and approval meeting in Richmond with a great sense of anticipation and accomplishment. On April 4th, the Commission celebrated its 50th birthday party with a proclamation signing and group photo with Governor Ralph Northam. READ MORE:https://conta.cc/2BGcb1h
  • March 24, 2018 - Fairfax Junior Named Virginia’s 2018 Poetry Out Loud Champion - The Virginia Commission for the Arts is pleased to announce that Remka Nwana, a junior from W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax has been selected as Virginia’s 2018 Poetry Out Loud Champion. READ MORE: https://conta.cc/2G8S1uv
  • February 24, 2018 - Virginia Commission for the Arts Announces Virginia Recipients of NEA Grants for 2018 - The Commission is pleased to congratulate the following arts organizations and non-profits on securing project grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The announcement of the awards was made Wednesday, February 7th in Washington, D.C. The 21 Virginia grants totaling $360,000 are for specific projects and range from performances and exhibitions, to healing arts and arts education programs, to festivals and artist residencies. READ MORE: https://conta.cc/2LeooJT

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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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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