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Virginia Poetry Out Loud 2020-2021 Champion

Azhane Pollard, a senior at Hopewell High School in Hopewell, successfully earned the title as state champion for Virginia’s Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.
Posted by Virginia Commission for the Arts on Thursday, March 25, 2021

News Archive

  • July 29, 2021 - Grant Opportunities, EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE, Free Webinars, $5,000 Artist Fellowships to be Awarded in Literary Arts: Poetry: Read More, here.
  • July 22, 2021 - Upcoming Grant Opportunities, Resources and Important Deadlines. Read more, here.
  • July 15, 2021 - VCA Announces New Officers and Continued Focus on IDEA; Read more, here.
  • July 6, 2021 - Virginia Commission for the Arts Announces $5,000 Artist Fellowships to be Awarded in Literary Arts: Poetry; Learn more about the NEA's Direct COVID-19 Relief Grants - TODAY, July 6; ICYMI - VCA Town Hall on the American Rescue Plan (ARP); NEA Announces Two Grant Programs for COVID Relief and Recovery for the Arts; Read more, here.
  • June 21, 2021 - Town Hall on the ARP, June 29; National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2021 NEA National Heritage Fellows; Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants, Webinar - Navigating Virginia's Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program for Artists. Read more, here.
  • June 11, 2021 - Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Updates; Our Town Grant Information; NEA Announces Big Read Grants; Blue Star Museums Nationwide Offer Free Admission to Military Families. Read more, here.
  • May 31, 2021 - American Rescue Plan (ARP) Updates, Federal Relief Funding Deadline Reminders, ICYMI: Tapping ARP State and Local Block Grants for the Arts, Updates on ARP and Virginia Commission for the Arts, VCA Policy Manual Revisions Open for Public Comment, Federal Relief Funding Deadline Reminders, Governor Latest Executive Orders. Read more, here.
  • May 21, 2021 - ICYMI VCA Webinar: The Arts are Open for Business: Guidance and Best Practices for a Safe Reopening, Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Recovery Marketing Leverage Program Webinar Recording. Read more, here.
  • May 17, 2021 - Governor Northam Lifts Mask Mandate to Align with CDC Guidance, Announces Virginia to End COVID-19 Mitigation Measures on May 28, VTC Recovery MLP Zoom Webinar Reminder, Webinar Thursday, May 20 9 AM The Arts Are Open for Business. Read more, here.
  • May 13, 2021 - Join Us! Guidance and Best Practices for a Safe Reopening Webinar, 2021 Poetry Ourselves Winners Announced, National Endowment for the Arts Announces More Than $1.3 Million in Grants, Reminder for Upcoming Board Meetings and Important Deadlines. Read more, here.
  • April 26, 2021- Latest Amendments to Executive Order 72 Pertaining to Arts and Arts Education, Shuttered Venues Operators Grant Updates and Reminders Regarding Upcoming Public Grants Panels (Virtual). Learn More, here.
  • April 14, 2021 - Virginia Poetry Out Loud Champion; 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert, SBA Updates, Know Your Rights as an Artist & Protect Your Work, Online, here.
  • March 30, 2021 - PPP Application Deadline Extension, Barbara Johns Statue RFQ, 2021 Poetry Out Loud Champion, VPM's Spectrum of Expression. Learn More, here.
  • March 23, 2021 - Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) PORTAL Information, Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Updates & Forms Learn More, here.
  • March 15, 2021 - American Rescue Plan, PPP Formula Changes Specifically to Help Self-Employed Workers, NEA Grants Opportunities, 2021 Actos de Confianza, Poetry Foundation Emergency Grants. Learn More, here.
  • March 8, 2021 - Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Updates, Vaccinate Virginia, Upcoming VCA Grant/Report Deadlines. Learn More, here.
  • February 22, 2021 - Call for Grants Panelists, Spring 2021 Grants Panels for Funding in 2021-2022. Advisory panels of the Virginia Commission for the Arts make recommendations and give guidance that will affect the future of the arts in the Commonwealth. Learn More, here.
  • February 12, 2021 - How are you? Take this Organizational Survey Today! New Artists on the Performing Arts Tour Directory Artists. Reminder! Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines. Read more, here.
  • February 1, 2021 - Webinar Scheduled: Unpacking the Latest Federal Relief Package, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, online here.
  • January 23, 2021- Art Works for Virginia: Reimagined, Reinvented, Restored: Online Registration, -NEW- Full Schedule of Breakout Sessions and Speakers, online here.
  • January 13, 2021 - Webinars Addressing Latest COVID Relief Tomorrow, Grant Deadlines, Art Works Speakers Announcements, CERF+'s COVID-19 Relief Grant Program Opens Today, Creative Community Development Webinar, NEW COVID-19 Research and Resources from the National Endowment for the Arts, online here.
  • December 22, 2020 - Holiday Greetings, Art Works Registration Open, and More, online here.
  • December 15, 2020 - Please use the following links to access the Application Assistance Workshop Recorded Webinar and - Application Assistance Workshop Slides (PDF)
  • November 12, 2020 - Virtual Application Assistance Workshop Announcement, Webinar link and meeting details online, here.
  • November 12, 2020 - November News, Virginia Commission for the Arts Board Chair Abigail Gómez Joins National State Arts Agency Board, Art Works for Virginia 2021 - SAVE THE DATE!, Read More, here.
  • October 28, 2020 - Mid Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund Awards, Poetry Out Loud Registration Open, Art Stars Awards, Resources. Learn More, here
  • October 23, 2020 - Leadership Listening Session for Arts Org Leaders, Viewing code: GiKCnsN6. Notes from VCA’s Leadership Listening Session for Arts Organization Leaders October 23, 2020, Online , here.
  • October 14, 2020 - The Small Business Administration issued a new PPP Forgiveness Application Form 3508S and 3508S Instructions for those small businesses that secured a PPP loan of $50,000 or less. Learn More, here
  • September 1, 2020 - Dominion Energy is inviting nonprofit arts organizations across Virginia to apply for a 2021 Dominion Energy ArtStars award starting September 1, 2020. Learn More, here:
  • August 11, 2020 - Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership Presented to House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, Opportunities for Artists and Organizations, plus - The Rebuild VA Grant Fund Application is now open.
  • July 30, 3030 - REMINDER Emergency Relief Fund for Individual Artists, Governor Northam Announces $70 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19 and more opportunities,
  • July 21, 2020 - Artist Resources and Upcoming Workshops, Reminder: Emergency Relief Fund for Individual Artists, Deadline: August 3, 2020 at 5 PM.
  • July 6, 2020 - PPP Loan Application Deadline Officially Extended to 8/8/20. Read more, here:
  • July 2, 2020 - Important Updates to FY21 Funding Guidelines and Announcement of Emergency Relief Grant for Individual Artists. Note: On June 17, 2020, the Commission Board voted to approve the following Guidelines Amendments for the remainder of the FY21 grants cycle, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more, here:
  • June 19, 2020 - The Virginia Commission for the Arts joins its agency peers to commemorate Juneteeth, Friday, June 19, the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. To support a full creative life for all, the Virginia Commission for the Arts commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that foster a just, inclusive, and equitable Commonwealth.
  • June 16, 2020 - National Endowment for the Arts Announces $1,160,000 in Investments in the Arts in Virginia. Awards include an increase to $760,000 for Virginia Commission for the Arts. Read more, here: