Organizations that meet the standards described below will be reviewed by a statewide, multidisciplinary panel in alternating years. These organizations will follow the same guidelines and application procedures as other applicants for General Operating Support. In addition, Major Arts Organizations must have the following:

  • Have significant economic and artistic impact in its region of the state
  • Must pay its performers. Organizations that have the purpose of presenting the visual arts must have professional curators who select the work to be shown. These organizations may not charge fees to artists for the exhibition of their work.
  • Employ full time administrative staff
  • Have boards of directors with the authority and skills to guide the organization
  • Have been reviewed and approved for full funding in operating support from the Commission for at least four years prior to being considered by the Commission to be a major arts institution
  • Have previous year’s cash income of at least $1,500,000. Substantial income for non-arts activities, such as facility rental income, is not included in the income minimum
  • Have education/outreach programs
  • Have opinioned, independent audits of their financial records each year

Major Arts Institutions receiving 2019-2020 General Operating Support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts