Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
2880 Mountain Road
P.O. Box 1249
Glen Allen VA 23060
Mission Statement  As the most comprehensive non-profit arts center in Greater Richmond, The Cultural Arts Center believes the arts have the power to transform lives and build community. We strive to improve access to the arts by: serving as an entrée to affordable, culturally diverse, and approachable arts; bringing the arts to suburban audiences and residents who are not comfortable driving to Downtown Richmond; and creating a warm, safe, and inviting setting in which to experience the arts.

Our mission is to inspire and enrich our community by offering exceptional multicultural performances, classes, and visual art exhibits. Our vision is to be a vital, thriving, inclusive community resource for education, inspiration, and entertainment in the visual and performing arts. We serve the community by providing, high quality cultural performances, art exhibitions and educational opportunities.

CEO/Executive Director Ms Kathryn T Alferio
Board Chair Mrs. Juanita Leatherberry
Board Chair Company Affiliation Keller Williams
Contact Information
Address 2880 Mountain Road
P.O. Box 1249
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Telephone 804 261-2787
Fax 804 261-6219
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1997
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $1,610,726.00
Projected Expenses $1,582,206.00
Mission  As the most comprehensive non-profit arts center in Greater Richmond, The Cultural Arts Center believes the arts have the power to transform lives and build community. We strive to improve access to the arts by: serving as an entrée to affordable, culturally diverse, and approachable arts; bringing the arts to suburban audiences and residents who are not comfortable driving to Downtown Richmond; and creating a warm, safe, and inviting setting in which to experience the arts.

Our mission is to inspire and enrich our community by offering exceptional multicultural performances, classes, and visual art exhibits. Our vision is to be a vital, thriving, inclusive community resource for education, inspiration, and entertainment in the visual and performing arts. We serve the community by providing, high quality cultural performances, art exhibitions and educational opportunities.


Everyone at The Cultural Arts Center, from the Board of Directors to our dedicated staff, is proud of our accomplishments during the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year (July 1 to June 30). Our most significant accomplishments during the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year can be told through numbers:

Over 100,000 patrons, students, and visitors came through the doors of The Center during the 2016-2017 year, breaking previous attendance records.

We employ or utilize the talents of Over 30 instructors, and consignors in our classrooms, our gift shop, and with our outreach programs. We help promote local art, and artisans while the artists are able to make a viable living with their art.

 $29,000 was raised to help military families served by the Fisher House during the 8th Annual Bluegrass Marathon Jam.

300 at-risk youth in the Henrico Police Athletic League were afforded the opportunity to participate in visual arts, and music lessons in an after school program.

During the 2017-2018 season, The Center will continue to offer its signature visual, and performing arts programs like Center Season, Second Stage, four art galleries, and a variety of art, music, and theatre classes while continuing the following successful, and community engaging activities:
Virginia Cultural Marketplace in November of 2017. Local artisans, and small art shops will be on hand for our second annual VCM. This is a wonderful opportunity to help support our local artists, and provide our patrons an excellent shopping experience for the holidays.
The Center will host the 9th annual Marathon Bluegrass Jam, a local event held each spring. All proceeds from this 12-hour jam session will go to The Fisher House Foundation, which provides temporary housing to military families whose loved ones are hospitalized.
In the summer of 2017 The Center held its second annual PAL Summer Camp for children. It saw great success, and we look to grow it even more in the summer of 2018 to include more at-risk children, quality art programming. 



Program Funding

  • Art Matters: $120,000 to continue this program that provides free arts experiences to at-risk youth in the Henrico Police Athletic League. This program has grown to now include three schools, and a summer camp.
  • Artful Living: $2,500-$20,000 to help purchase supplies, and pay artist instructors in order to provide free arts experiences to healthy 55+ Richmonders in senior recreational centers.
  • Center Season Sponsors: $1,500 to sponsor one performance, $15,000 to sponsor the entire season
  • Gallery Openings: $700 to sponsor one reception, $7,800 to sponsor the season.
  • 2nd Stage Sponsors: $1,000 to sponsor one performance, $10,000 to sponsor the entire season.
  • Art Matters: volunteers interested in helping at-risk youth engage in visual and performing arts projects
  • Center Season: volunteer ushers
  • Gallery openings: volunteer bartenders
  • The Center: Volunteers for the front desk, and gift shop
  • Art Matters: art supplies and materials (paints, paper, 30-75 harmonicas, 15 digital cameras)
  • Center Season: donated items for intermission raffle
  • Gallery openings: refreshments 


Background Steeped in a rich history of tradition and education, The Center originally opened in 1911 as the Glen Allen School in the County of Henrico. For over fifty years, the venue served to educate students in all grade levels.With the need for a larger facility, the School closed in 1978 and the vacant building was used as a training site for County firefighters. In 1999, new life was breathed into the building as The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen opened for the first time to the community.  The goal was for The Center to provide an avenue for people within the Greater Richmond area to experience and explore the arts in an open and inviting setting. Since its opening, the Center has been a meeting place where people can enjoy, create, and learn about the visual, literary, and performing arts through a variety of programs including exhibitions, classes and special events for the entire family.
CEO Statement
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen seeks to create projects to keep us on the cutting edge in offering distinct and exciting ways for our patrons to be personally involved in the arts.  Whether attending one of our Center Season shows where the intimacy of our 350 seat theater allows the audience to feel as if they are listening to music in their own living room; watching our Latin Ballet perform incredible dancing; attending a 2nd Stage show with its Cabaret style seating; creating jewelry, ceramics pieces, paintings or literary works; strolling through galleries of outstanding visual art; or experiencing the many facets of a roots festival...people leave The Center with a new appreciation of an art form or culture.  We inspire creativity and stimulate the senses through music, dance, art and theater.  We strive to be more than you've imagined! 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Powhatan County
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Juanita Leatherberry
Company Affiliation Keller Williams
Term July 2017 to June 2020
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Scott Hammer
Company Affiliation ImpactMakers
Term July 2017 to June 2020
Board of Directors
Board Members
Dr. Shantelle Brown Sam's Club
Mr. Mike Burke BB&T
Mr. Sherman Burroughs Bank of America
Mr James Doering Randolph-Macon College
Ms Kerry Grey EsqAltria
Mr Scott K Hammer North Highland Company
Mr Mike Haubenstock Artist
Mr. John "Bud" Henderson Swedish Match
Mr. S Owen Hunt Anthem
Ms. Virginia Johnson Community Volunteer
Mr. Bruce A. Kay Markel Corporation
Mr. Michael E. Klein EsqAltria
Mrs. Juanita Leatherberry Keller Williams Realty
Ms. Nancy L. McMahon Alfa Laval Inc.
Ms. Beth Noonan Community Volunteer
Mr. John Parsley Brown Distributing
Ms. Brandi Payne Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Mr. Peter Thacker Keiter Stephens
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
The Board of Directors is a dedicated group comprised of local business leaders, art patrons and artists.  We are currently seeking to expand the diversity of the board in order to continue our programming involving as many different cultural backgrounds and experiences as possible. 
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms Kathryn T Alferio
Ms. Alferio has extensive experience in the arts as well as non-profit and tourism related management.  She has also worked in corporate management positions giving her a deep understanding of the important links between the profit and non-profit sectors. 
Alferio was executive director of CityCelebrations in Richmond, Virginia.  During her tenure with the organization, she worked with the board of directors and staff in leading the organzation from a dire financial situation ($500,000 in debt with a program of all free events and limited revenue streams) to a cash positive situation in only two years.  She was responsible for bringing the National Folk Festval to Richmond in 2005 which continues today as the Richmond Region's signature festival attracting over 175,000 annually. 
Former CEOs
Ms. Beth Bickford Jan 2002 - July 2009
Senior Staff
Ms Alice Adkins Facility Manager
Mrs. Nancy Allen Events Sales Manager
Ms. Lauren Hall Visual Arts Manager
Mrs Karen Josephson Office/Business Manager
Mrs Molly K Kaufman Development Director
Mr. Richard Koch Performing Arts Manager
Mr. Christopher Murphy Marketing Director
Mrs. Cindy Rinker Art Education Outreach Coordinator
Full Time Staff 11
Part Time Staff 10
Volunteers 100
Contractors 21
Retention Rate 90
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
The Cultural Arts Center enjoys a number of partnerships with organizations. Our partners include:
  • The Latin Ballet of Virginia
  • Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL)
  • The Quill Theatre
  • Edible Education
  • Henrico Theater Company
  • CultureWorks
  • Virginia Randolph Community High School’s Education for Employment Program 
  • Westminster Canterbury 
  • Henrico Dept. of Recreation and Parks
  • Senior Connections
  • Virginia Commission for the Arts
  • Lucy Corr Village
Our Center Season features between 20-25 performances annually in music, dance and theatre. This series features local, regional, national and international artists and performers. During Center Season we have presented the comedy troupe Capitol Steps, the Eleone Dance Theatre, the bluegrass band Seldom Scene, George Winston, The Quill Shakespeare Theatre, and The Richmond Symphony,
Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $102,800.00
This series provides different music performances monthly except for July, August and January. Each performance features a different genre including jazz, bluegrass, classical, Celtic, rhythm and blues, Cajun, Pop, Country and Broadway. This series focuses on the talents of local and regional performers.
Population Served Adults
Budget $4,500.00
The Center has four galleries - The Gumenick Family Gallery, The Midway Gallery, The Glass Doors Gallery, and the Slantwall Gallery. The Gumenick Family Gallery rotates 6-8 exhibitions annually. These exhibitions feature artwork by local, regional, national and internationally known artists. The Glass Doors', and Midway Galleries rotate exhibitions on a bi-monthly basis, and feature artists from around the world. The Slantwall Gallery rotates exhibitions on a monthly basis. The emphasis for this gallery is to feature artwork  by local and regional artists and arts organizations.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $5,000.00
The Center offers over 80 classes four times a year including classes in ceramics (wheel throwing and handbuilding), culinary arts (cake decorating), fiber arts, jewelry, literary arts, music (piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, fiddle and banjo), photography, visual arts (drawing, acrylic, pastel, oil and  watercolor medias. Classes are available for children, teens and adults.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $88,000.00

Art Matters provides free art experiences, and instruction, in its after school program, to at-risk youth in the Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL). Annually, Henrico PAL touches the lives of over 1,800 at-risk youth between the ages of 6 and 18 through educational, athletic, and social programs while creating a positive relationship between police officers and youth. The curriculum in Art Matters includes a painting, clay work, mosaics, and art theory, and history. Through Art Matters programming will be expanded to include art, music, cooking classes, theatre classes and grow our new summer camps.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $130,000.00
Short Term Success

Art Matters provides free art programming to at-risk youth in the Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL). We launched the program with a modest budget in 2012, offering free Center Season tickets and presenting an interactive concert for PAL summer camp students. Art Matters…After School kicked off in early 2013, giving close to 100 elementary and middle school students in the PAL after-school program an opportunity to explore their creative potential while learning about important art movements and diverse cultures.

Now having completed our fourth year, Art Matters has become a major part of the PAL programming.  We have implemented a poetry component to the curriculum, and continue to include new, and interesting instruction for the children. In the summer of 2016 The Center will held our first summer camp, and in the fall of '16, PAL is grew to include a third school.
We encourage all of our PAL students to come to The Center to take part in any of our FREE programming, gallery openings, and celebration events.

Long Term Success

Ultimately we are working to serve 500 students during the summer and over 1,000 students during the school year. Three main goals drive our work as we strive to implement this new program. Art Matters will:

  • Work with Henrico County Public Schools to create art curriculum that compliments learning in the classroom
  • Provide meaningful and compelling arts experiences designed to enhance learning in other subjects to at-risk youth
  • Be a free program sustained by grants, corporate sponsorships, and individual donations


Description Artful Living is an incredibly rich, and engaging program designed to provide meaningful arts experiences to older adults in Greater Richmond. Through the program we will offer free, and subsidized classes in the creative arts. Participants are able to take classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, jewelry making, dancing, music, journaling, and memoir writing. Activities are held at The Cultural Arts Center, at senior facilities, like Lucy Corr Village, and other sites throughout the region, and at Henrico County recreation centers, especially in the county's east end where there are less resources for the arts. We began holding classes geared toward Seniors still living on their own,but have found such success, and interest with groups who work with assisted living, and memory care seniors that we have grown our programming to include them as well.
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Budget $40,000.00
Long Term Success The long term goal of this program is to be able to offer arts experiences to older adults in the entire Richmond area. The Center would like to be able to offer free, and subsidized classes to all Seniors in order to enrich their lives, and offer cultural experiences. Studies have shown that aging adults who remain engaged in meaningful, creative activities have fewer doctors visits, take fewer medications, and remain healthier longer.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
The Cultural Arts Center is the only facility in the Richmond Region that is offering music, dance, theatrical and literary performances; classes for all age groups in visual, performing and literary arts; and visual art exhibitions in our galleries and sculpture garden.  We serve as a non-threatening gateway to the arts, a place to build awareness and learning and a community gathering place.  We want to expand our programming by offering more options for students--taking the artists and technicians into the schools, offering scholarships for our many classes and camps and providing internships for college and high school students to learn skills in art management, non-profit operations and art curating.  Through the generous support of foundations and granting organizations, our dreams of expanding our programs will become reality. 
The Center holds two major festivals during its year. Every year we hold the UkeFest Virginia Festival which kicks off the Ukelele festival season on the East Coast. We bring in over 1000 Uke enthusiasts, musicians, students, and families each November. In February/March of each year the Bluegrass Jam is held at The Center to raise funds for The Fisher House, a military facility for families whose loved one is undergoing medical treatment in a military hospital. In 2017, The Center again helped to raise over $29,000 for The Fisher House. The Center is proud to be the host to this event, and to be a part of such an important program in our community.
The biggest challenge that The Center faces each year is the ever changing policies with corporate funding. It is becoming more, and more difficult to find corporate funding that is directed towards the arts. Taking on this challenge, we are making changes in how we ask for funding, and re-directing our focus to individual donations, foundation grants, endowment giving in addition to corporate funding.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,610,726.00
Projected Expenses $1,582,206.00
Endowment Value $330,625.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$583,645$600,525$589,700
Individual Contributions$77,253$66,392$57,213
Investment Income, Net of Losses($3,328)$23,480$39,333
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$32,960$10,308
Revenue In-Kind$21,801$39,787$19,159
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,101,965$1,103,690$1,016,002
Administration Expense$185,769$228,943$190,349
Fundraising Expense$84,198$124,665$67,127
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.021.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%76%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%17%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,276,870$1,212,521$1,235,576
Current Assets$759,565$697,574$724,756
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$309,307$222,133$271,056
Total Net Assets$967,563$990,388$964,520
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.463.142.67
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Organization Comments
Given the economic environment over the past five years, The Center has taken a very conservative approach to spending in this fiscal year. Our support from governmental sources has been reduced, corporate sponsorship has declined and funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts was cut and is not solidified in the near future. With this situation at hand, we sought out ways to reduce spending and diversify revenue streams. Many of our operational costs such as utilities were lower than anticipated, we renegotiated health care programs that we fund for employees and sought avenues for reaching our objectives through reduced spending. Taking this conservative approach in the current environment has allowed us to end FY 2009, 2010, and 2011 in a cash positive situation. Though we ended FY 2013 at a slight loss, we began FY 2013 with a generous gift from Sara Belle and Neil November, which has been invested in an endowment, helping to secure our future. FY 2015-2016 ended in a slight loss however our reach into the community has grown. 2016-2017 ended in a loss due to large changes in corporate, and foundation giving, however we saw a nice increase in corporate, and community rentals.

The Center is ensuring sustainability as it moves towards building its programs. All our efforts are designed to be of significant value to the community and every person who participates in our programs. Moving forward, we are hoping to secure grant funding, corporate sponsorships and individual giving levels that will allow us to pursue more ambitious projects in the future. As we begin a new fiscal year, we are dedicated to balancing the need to maintain emergency funds for operations while growing new programs like Art Matters. In addition to seeking donations and funding through traditional solicitations and applications, we are building a strong revenue stream through renting meeting and event space to corporations, associations and private individuals. When planning events, the organizer is going to spend money on a location and when that money is spent at our facility, the funds go toward supporting and growing our programs. 


Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Harris, Hardy & Johnstone, P.C.
  • Financial information provided by audit