CultureWorks, Inc.
1906-A North Hamilton Street
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement
CultureWorks’s mission is to drive a vibrant community by inspiring, enabling and cultivating world-class arts and culture.

CultureWorks’ primary strategies to serve the Richmond and Tri-Cities community include:

  • Engaging the community in arts and culture, and more directly with the activities of CultureWorks, through promotion and advocacy efforts.
  • Providing assistance (funding opportunities and consultative support) to artists and 501c3 nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
  • Driving collaborations that can address various challenges and opportunities in the community.
Web and Social Media
CultureWorks Grant Recipients
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Scott Garka
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Streat
Board Chair Company Affiliation First Tennessee Bank
Contact Information
Address 1906-A North Hamilton Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 340-5280 1
Fax 804 340-5285
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1965
Former Names
Arts Council of Richmond2009
Site Visit No
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $947,883.00
Projected Expenses $952,335.00
Additional Documents
RCAP 5 Year Update2014View
5 Year Donor List2014View
CultureWorks’s mission is to drive a vibrant community by inspiring, enabling and cultivating world-class arts and culture.

CultureWorks’ primary strategies to serve the Richmond and Tri-Cities community include:

  • Engaging the community in arts and culture, and more directly with the activities of CultureWorks, through promotion and advocacy efforts.
  • Providing assistance (funding opportunities and consultative support) to artists and 501c3 nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
  • Driving collaborations that can address various challenges and opportunities in the community.

Major accomplishments for 2016-2017 include:

  • artoberVA - a month-long celebration of arts and culture offerings in the Richmond and Tri-Cities region during October. artoberVA provides opportunities for area residents to experience arts and culture experiences across the region, and promotes events through the artoberVA calendar, social media outlets and other marketing. With 265 unique events during the month, and a total of 1,384 including repeating events, artoberVA 2016 was a success.

  • The CultureWorks Grants Program awards investments to build capabilities and support projects that address cultural equity, for both mid-size nonprofit organizations and artists. To date more than $600,000 has been awarded since 2010, but each year grant requests total three times more than the available pool of funding.  For 2017, 21 grants (11 organizations, 10 local artists) were awarded totaling $111,966.

  • The completion of local components related to the Americans for the Arts’ Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) study, and release of the study results on June 17th. CultureWorks led local efforts, as one of 341 national study partners, for this study validating arts and culture as a formidable industry in our community.


Goals for 2017-18 include:

  • October welcomes the return of artoberVA and the introduction of a master arts and culture calendar for the region.

  • Annual Grants Program 2018 cycle will open January with applications due March submitted through focus areas: building capabilites or cultural equity.  

  • Continuation of sharing local outcomes from the AEP5, including a day of events on September 21.

  • Facilitating more collaborative opportunities, such as discussions around board development, cultrual inclusion, corporate relationships and more.

The pressing need for CultureWorks remains to secure general operating support, which is crucial to accomplish our mission and ultimately add to the success of the organizations we serve, and the community as a whole. We also have needs to support specific initiatives we are undertaking on behalf of the community, including: artoberVA- a month long celebration of arts and culture, intended to increase audience participating in arts and culture in October and throughout the year. As well as opportunities for investments in CultureWorks’ Annual Grants program and support of services to the community such as workshops and seminars.


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 200 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.

CEO Statement

Richmond region is increasingly becoming recognized for its vibrant arts and culture, in addition to our rich history, food and beer scene and the beautiful James River.  In 2015, Richmond was named the “most artistic mid-sized city”. In 2017, Richmond ranked among the top 20 arts-vibrant large cities in the U.S.  While these accolades are good for our region, arts and culture have a great impact on our community.  Arts and culture is economic engine driving household income, state and local tax revenues, and thousands of jobs in our region.  Arts and culture drive great social and educational impacts too, galvanizing our community, and helping us to find our better selves as individuals and as a region.

Now in its eighth year of service and support to the Richmond and Tri-Cities region, CultureWorks acknowledges its founding by the recommendations of the Richmond Region Collaborative Action Plan (RCAP) and continues to implement our strategic plan based on the themes of the RCAP, tailored for the needs of our community today by our staff and Board of Directors.


The strategic plan provides a fundamental roadmap for CultureWorks – refining the mission, establishing goals, outlining strategies and guiding outcome measures. The strategic plan also amplifies the role of arts and culture as key players for the benefit of the community and the significant part CultureWorks plays for the Richmond and Tri-Cities region.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Chesterfield County
Richmond, City
Hanover County
Henrico County
Tri-cities Region
Petersburg, City
Colonial Heights, City
Hopewell, City
New Kent County
Powhatan County

CultureWorks continues its dedication to the vitality of the Richmond and Tri-Cities region specifically serving the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, along with the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan, and the town of Ashland.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Streat
Company Affiliation First Tennessee Bank
Term July 2017 to June 2020
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. Frazier Millner Armstrong Community Volunteer
Mr. Jonathan Baliles City of Richmond
Ms. Pamela Comstock Community Volunteer
Ms. Sara Cowherd FM Solutions
Ms. Katheryn Curtis Dominion Power Generation
Mr. Doug Dorsey Community Volunteer
Mr. Scott Hammer NorthHighland
Mr. Hugh Joyce James River Air
Mr. Brennen Keene McGuireWoods
Ms. Jenni Kirby Crossroads Art Center
Ms. Chrystal Neal Greater Richmond Chamber
Mr. Charles Piper BCWH Architects
Mr. James Rothrock VA Dept of Aging & Rehab Services
Dr. Gaynell Sherrod VCU - Dance
Ms. Jessica Simmons River City Tattoo
Mr. Brooks Smith Troutman Sanders
Ms. Lisa Streat SunTrust Bank
Ms. Marcia Thalhimer Community Volunteer
Mr. Jerry Williams TVJerry
Mr. Greg Williams Ernst and Young
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 12
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Scott Garka

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.

Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce2010
Virginia Association of Museums2010
Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations2010
CultureWorks serves as a backbone organization serving our region and the arts and culture community.
CultureWorks does not conduct programs that attract a traditional audience, but offers an array of services which accommodate the needs of a variety of constituents. CultureWorks' services to the region's 501c3 arts and culture organizations can be categorized into three main areas: engaging the community in arts and culture, providing assistance through consultation and funding, and driving collaboration among the 501c3 arts and culture organizations as well as together with businesses in our community.
CultureWorks offers nonprofit organizations and artists in the region two distinct funding opportunities:
1. CultureWorks Grants Program
The Grants Program was developed with direct intent to support smaller 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with limited resources and operating budgets less than $500,000, as well as funding for individual artists. With few resources available in the region focused entirely on helping small to mid-size arts and culture organizations, the Grants Program fulfills this need and funds quality programs, events and initiatives for our community. Application are accepted annually and due in March  and focuses on two funding priorities – Cultural Equity and Building Capabilities.

2. Richmond Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium
Established in 1996, the Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium’s mission is focused on maximizing the collective resources of the arts and cultural community – to maintain stability and encourage the advancement of arts and culture in the Richmond region. The 2015 Consortium is comprised of municipal funding received from the City of Richmond, Hanover County and Henrico County. Currently applications are not being taken for the Arts & Cultural Funding Consortium.



CultureWorks assists a multitude of constituents: individuals, nonprofit organizations, businesses, community organizations, government bodies and more. CultureWorks provides an extensive range of services including: marketing and promotion of arts and culture opportunities, pro bono consultation, board retreat facilitation, philanthropy consultation to companies, workshops, technical services for nonprofits, and experience with government projects, etc. Additionally CultureWorks maintains a website which serves as a repository of arts and culture information and opportunities for the region.

CultureWorks is expanding its role in engaging the community and driving collaboration by presenting artoberva - a month-long celebration of arts and culture in the Richmond region during October . The goal of artoberVA is to increase awareness of and participation in arts and culture offerings across our region during the month and throughout the year.
Key elements of artoberVA include:
  • Branding a region-wide celebration of arts and culture, presented by CultureWorks and its partners with the goal of creating community buzz similar to Washington, DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • Promoting already-planned cultural arts events, educational programs and performances across the region through traditional and social media channels.
  • Potential to stipend artists to hold “pop-up” performance events in areas with typically limited access to arts and culture opportunities.
  • A website - - with links to regional events, programs and opportunities during the month.
  • Engaging the business community through sponsorships and other collaborations.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $947,883.00
Projected Expenses $952,335.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
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$448,052$513,463$13,400
Individual Contributions$146,443$101,753$211,957
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,273$1,582$1,171
Membership Dues------
Special Events$432$1,290$6,600
Revenue In-Kind$12,644$14,313$6,400
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$741,617$922,488$610,479
Administration Expense$113,009$99,509$113,236
Fundraising Expense$183,642$174,432$127,296
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.001.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%77%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%15%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$501,463$623,589$525,947
Current Assets$496,677$616,178$525,947
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$103,049$179,974$79,082
Total Net Assets$398,414$443,615$446,865
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.823.426.65
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose N/A
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View
Solicitations Permit to 11/15/17View