Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Visual Arts Center of Richmond

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.visarts.org

Mission Statement

Art for Everyone. Creativity for Life. The Visual Arts Center of Richmond engages the community in the creative process through the visual arts. We believe there is a creative spirit in all of us that nourishes our humanity and enriches our society. We foster a creative culture that encourages people of all backgrounds and skill levels to explore, participate and experiment in the visual arts.

Main Programs

  1. Art After School
  2. SOHO (Space of Her Own)
  3. Studio S
  4. ENGAGE: Side by Side
  5. Program 5
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

The Visual Arts Center primarily serves the City of Richmond and the five surrounding counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Powhatan. We have students who come from other areas including Charlottesville and Petersburg.

ruling year

1966

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Stefanie Fedor

Keywords

Self-reported

Art education, exhibitions, after school programs, VisArts, Hand Workshop

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Also Known As

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond

EIN

54-0721433

 Number

4596512236

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Fiscal year 2015 was one of continued growth for the organization. Brought in a record revenue total at our annual fund raiser, Collectors' Night.Piloted a new program Profits in Creativity, working with entrepreneurial youth in need through arts and bring product to market.Brought cutting-edge art exhibitions to our gallery. Continued to serve an increased number of underserved youth, adults, and seniors in our outreach programming. Continued working as the selected arts organization to provide services for Middle School Renaissance 2020.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Art After School

Art After School is a creative-arts program that believes, through the process of art making, young people can develop a greater self-confidence and a deeper awareness of the world around them. Art After School engages an inclusive and diverse youth community in multi-week classes in the visual and literary arts. More than 70 classes are offered throughout the school year on-site and at off-site partnering centers. Art After School partnerships include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond, Binford Middle School, Albert Hill Middle School, William Byrd Community House, Podium, and SPARC. Through creative expression, students begin to see their abilities and themselves in a new light. Students learn creative behavior-skills that transcend the program by making them deeply understand that art enhances all of our lives and makes our communities special.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

115,000

Program 2

SOHO (Space of Her Own)

SOHO is an outreach program that pairs 12 sixth grade girls from Richmond public housing with 12 women mentors for a shared journey through art-based leadership and personal development workshops. The program culminates with each girl and mentor team using the artwork they created to transform the girl's bedroom space into an inspiring environment, providing each girl with a Space of Her Own (SOHO) to study, live, and dream within. By experiencing leadership and life training through a hands-on learning process, art exploration, and creative mentoring, the women and girls expand the way they see and engage in relationships, transforming spaces and lives—inside and out

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$80,000.00

Program 3

Studio S

Studio S art classes are designed to nourish the minds, bodies, and spirits of our city's seniors. Multi-week hands-on arts classes stimulate creative thinking, help seniors realize hidden talents, and provide social opportunities in a creative atmosphere. By working with colors, patterns, textures, and tools, Studio S participants keep their minds flexible, improve memory, and maintain dexterity. The opportunity to socialize and create something beautiful with their hands reinvigorates our senior students and encourages healthy aging. Studio S participants enjoy classes in a variety of media including clay, wood, fiber arts, painting, printmaking, glass, drawing, and oral histories. In the past, classes met once a week for three hours over a six-week period. Studio S students also enjoy guided tours of exhibitions in VisArts' acclaimed True F. Luck gallery. We partner with area organizations and the YMCA growing younger program to reach seniors living in Richmond's East End. Seniors receive a combination of art, music and exercise classes through this partnership.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$17,500.00

Program 4

ENGAGE: Side by Side

ENGAGE workshops are available to the public the second Saturday of every month. ENGAGE: Side by Side offers a variety of two-hour workshops related to the True F. Luck Gallery exhibition and provides fun and rewarding time for parents, grandparents, Big Brothers and Big Sisters to work with a young person, exploring new materials and creating projects together. Cost is $10 per team each Saturday. VisArts members and Big Brothers/Big Sisters teams participate free! A team is a child (age 5 to 15) and an adult. A team can have one or two children. Additional children need to be part of another adult/child team. Teams work together at ENGAGE: Side by Side. ENGAGE materials and docent tours are written to state and national learning standards in the visual arts.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 5

Summer ArtVenture offers week-long studio art classes in a positive, nurturing learning environment. Each class provides focused attention on a specific media, skill or subject, and each week brings a selection of unique choices. All classes are taught by a professional artist and artists-educators who will help inspire and develop individual expression. Morning studio classes (9:00am - 12:00pm) and afternoon studio classes (1:00 - 4:00pm) classes are available for all age groups. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per class to allow for individual instruction and learning. Some classes integrate teamwork or collaborative projects. A limited number of scholarships are available each year and are awarded on the basis of need.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

The Visual Arts Center primarily serves the City of Richmond and the five surrounding counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Powhatan. We have students who come from other areas including Charlottesville and Petersburg.

Funding Needs

General operating support. This is the most difficult support to obtain, but essential to the life of the organization. Our annual operating budget is just north of $1.7 million.Funding for our youth programs including Art After School, ENGAGE, and SOHO (Space of Her Own). For example, $500 will provide one week of classes in a safe and nurturing environment during our on-site Art After School for a whole class of kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond (one of our partners). Scholarships for at-risk and underserved youth to attend our summer ArtVenture program. For example, $500 will allow 20 children in need to enjoy 10 hours of amazing learning in ArtVenture.Increased awareness of who we are and what we do. We offer a vast array of art classes for a wide range of ages of youth and adults, have powerful outreach programs that we know make a difference in the lives of those who participate, and a lovely gallery that hosts six first-rate exhibitions each year. Sponsorships for our two major fundraising events. Money raised at Collectors Night (March 2016) and the Craft + Design Show (November 2015) is crucial funding for the overall success of our organization.

Affiliations + Memberships

CultureWorks

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce

Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence

Virginia Association of Museums

Virginia Mentoring Partnership

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THE VISUAL ARTS CENTER OF RICHMOND
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Stefanie Fedor

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Visual Arts Center is unique in that it offers adults and children alike, from rank beginners to advanced artists, the opportunity to experience art and the creative process through a wide spectrum of activities that engage the hands, the heart and the mind."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mark Webb

Dominion

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

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