CultureWorks’ primary strategies to serve the Richmond and Tri-Cities community include:
Originally founded in 1949, the Arts Council gave the region’s cultural arts a unified voice, and worked to make the cultural arts a fundamental benefit of the region’s citizens and a driving force in building and strengthening all aspects of the Richmond region. During 2008-2009, the Arts Council participated with the Richmond Regional Cultural Action Plan (RCAP) initiative. In March 2009, the Arts Council was charged with the responsibility of becoming the Plan’s “coordinating entity” and began a process of restructuring scopes of work and moving forward as the new entity CultureWorks in October 2009.
Today, CultureWorks serves an essential role as a primary source of cultural information and opportunities for the Richmond and Tri-Cities region, and provides important assistance and support for the more than 150 nonprofit arts and culture organizations in our community. From individual practicing artists to large well-established cultural nonprofits, from the general public to government entities CultureWorks engages a diverse audience with an overarching goal to vitalize our community through the strengthening of arts and culture.
It used to be that our region was known primarily for its important history. Increasingly, arts and culture is becoming part of who we are and what we are known for outside the region. Recently a travel website named Richmond the “most artistic mid-sized city”. Our region’s arts and culture not only affect us as individuals, but can have an incredible impact on our community when we embrace them.
Scott Garka joined CultureWorks on January 20, 2015. Mr. Garka has extensive leadership experience with a reputation for driving results across diverse teams through collaboration. He served as the Senior Director for Consulting Services with VHQC (formerly Virginia Health Quality Center) and prior worked for Capital One and Arthur Andersen, LLP. Mr. Garka holds a B.S. Degree in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at University of Virginia, holds a certificate in Fundraising and Development through the University of Richmond, Institute on Philanthropy, and a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia. In addition Mr. Garka is deeply involved with the Richmond Region’s arts and culture community serving as Board Member, Development Chair and Treasurer for the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and performing locally with the Chamberlayne Actors’ Theater, Henrico Theater Company, Monument City Music and St. Michael’s Players.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
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