The 50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards

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The 50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards are designed to recognize programs, individuals and organizations critical to the arts in Virginia. These Inspirations may have played a critical role in the past 50 years, they may serve as today’s leaders and exemplars, or they may be today’s visionaries, leading the way to a bright future.

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Poetry Out Loud

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National Recitation Contest builds on this momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class (as well as Drama, Forensics, and other appropriated classes).

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Art Works for Virginia Conference


The Virginia Commission for the Arts is hosting a one day conference for artists, board and staff members of arts organizations, community cultural leaders, arts educators, and arts advocates from every corner of the Commonwealth. Our day will begin and conclude with networking and hospitality opportunities and be packed in between with ideas, strategies for success and advice from experts on arts management.

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Virginia Heritage Awards

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The Virginia Heritage Awards were presented for the first time in 2009 to honor Virginia masters of the traditional arts for their contributions to the cultural heritage of Virginia...

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Governor's Awards for the Arts

Governor's Awards for the Arts brings the richness and diversity of the arts in Virginia to the attention of the general public and to state officials. Over 40 states host Governor's Arts Awards programs. The Awards recognize lifetime achievement for the recipients, are a public demonstration of the Governor's commitment to arts and culture, and are an opportunity for celebration of the cultural life of a state.

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National Heritage Fellowship

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In 1982 the National Endowment for the Arts established the National Heritage Fellowship Awards to honor American folk artists for their contributions to our national cultural mosaic.

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