2019 Art Works for Virginia Conference

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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. The keynote speaker is Crystal Ann Williams, Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Boston University, and a published poet/essayist. The conference will focus on inclusion, diversity, equity and access to the arts for citizens across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Attendees will be introduced to the Cultural Equity Statement adopted by the Commission Board in June 2018. Sessions will address essential areas of our work in the arts including arts education, audience development/marketing, rural arts, arts and healing, and more.

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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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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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Creative Forces Arts Summit

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The Virginia Commission for the Arts is pleased to announce that Virginia will host a second Creative Forces site at the Joint Expeditionary Base at Little Creek, Virginia. A site and program at Fort Belvoir already exists. The Commission is pleased that our own partnership with the NEA and Americans for the Arts along with the Virginia Veterans and Family Support Services will be able to offer enhanced clinical and community support for our active duty military and veterans and their families.

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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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