2018 Virginia Commission for the Arts 50th Anniversary Program
Registration for the 50th Anniversary Program is now open online, HERE! The 50th Anniversary Program will include performances by groups with the Commission's Performing and Tour Directory roster and will feature a special post-program reception in the VMFA Marble Hall.
Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will be the Guest of Honor and a featured speaker at the Virginia Commission for the Arts' 50th Anniversary Program on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The program theme is: Celebrating the Artists and Arts Leaders of Virginia.
Jane Chu Photo by Steve Peterson
Jane Chu is the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chairman Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician. She leads a dedicated and passionate group of people to support and fund the arts and creative activities in communities across the nation.
Read her full biography, HERE.
Joining the Chairman for the program will be the Commission's "50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards" recipients from around the state. The keynote address will be delivered by two of the winners from the "Emerging Arts and Artists" category: author and filmmaker Adriana Trigiani (Big Stone Gap) and Nancy Bolmeier-Fisher. Together, they co-founded "The Origin Project", a cultural and literary heritage program for school aged children in the Appalachian region. You can read more about our keynote speakers and their award winning project, HERE.
Nancy Bolmeier Fisher and Adriana Trigiano
The "50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards" were conceived and designed by the Commission as a 50th anniversary tribute to 50 examples of programs, individuals, and organizations critical to the arts in Virginia. The designated "Arts Inspirations" may have played a critical role in the last 50 years, serve as today's leaders and exemplars, or may be tomorrow's visionaries, leading the way to a culturally vibrant future.
Following a statewide call for nominations, nominees for the awards in all categories were accepted for two months this spring. A panel comprised of former commissioners and arts leaders reviewed the nominations this past summer and recommended a slate to the full Board which adopted the final roster this fall. To ensure impartiality, no former commissioners and no state-elected officials were selected for the roster.
The Commission was established by law in 1968 to promote awareness of and access to the arts across the state and to support a broad range of artists, arts organizations, and arts educators.
Registration for the 50th Anniversary Program is now open online, HERE! The 50th Anniversary program will include performances by groups with the Commission's Performing and Tour Directory roster and will feature a special post-program reception in the VMFA Marble Hall.
A limited number of hotel rooms are available at the Hilton Garden Inn at our special program rate of $159 per night. Use the link, HERE, to reserve your room by January 5, 2018 at the preferred rate.
Virginia Commission for the Arts 50th Anniversary Program Agenda
1:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions Margaret Vanderhye, Executive Director, Virginia Commission for the Arts
1:10 p.m. Bobby BlackHat Band Performance
1:30 p.m. Remarks Jane Chu, Chair, National Endowment for the Arts
1:45 p.m. Presentation of special awards to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and to Peggy Baggett
2:00 p.m. Presentation of Awards: Exemplary Programs and Pinnacle Events
2:15 p.m. Announcement of the Dominion Energy ArtStars Awards
2:30 p.m. Coffee Break
2:45 p.m. Keynote Address Adriana Trigiani and Nancy Bolmeier Fisher, Co-founders of The Origin Project
3:15 p.m. Presentation of Awards Emerging Artists and Arts Organizations
3:30 p.m. Presentation of Awards Arts Leaders and Supporters
3:50 p.m. Presentation of Awards Outstanding Artists
4:10 p.m. Presentation of Awards Bedrock Institutions
4:45 p.m. Minds in Motion Ambassadors
5:00 p.m. Reception in the Marble Hall with Special Guest: Governor Ralph Northam
Entertainment by featured VCA Touring Artist the Robert Jospé Trio
Note: The Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China Exhibition will open to attendees
The 50th Anniversary Program is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the 50th Anniversary Lead Sponsor, Dominion Energy.