Robinson Theater Community Arts Center
2903 Q Street
Richmond VA 23223
Mission Statement RTCAC is a multi-purpose facility that exists to inspire, encourage and restore healthy community life to the residents of North Church Hill primarily through arts, fitness and nutrition-based programs and community events. 
CEO/Executive Director Betsy Redd Hart
Board Chair Todd Waldo
Board Chair Company Affiliation Royall
Contact Information
Address 2903 Q Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Telephone 804 562-9133
Fax 804 562-9136
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $228,500.00
Projected Expenses $228,500.00
Mission RTCAC is a multi-purpose facility that exists to inspire, encourage and restore healthy community life to the residents of North Church Hill primarily through arts, fitness and nutrition-based programs and community events. 
  • Four (10-12 week) sessions of classes provided annually. Each session consists of a variety of classes such as Taekwondo, Hip Hop, Ballet, Zumba, Cardio Dance, Theatre, PreK Movement, Yoga and Nutrition. Classes offered and attended from ages 2 1/2-seniors with over 200 committed participants from East End of Richmond and expanded to other parts of the City of Richmond. 
  • Collaborations offer greatest impact by providing quality classes within a specialized category. Partnerships include SPARC, Richmond Urban Dance, Bon Secours Community Nutrition Outreach, Tricycle, Community Food Collaborative, American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Club, Stretch-n-Grow, Project Yoga Richmond, Communities in Schools, as well as individual instructors. 
  • Continue to upgrade facility equipment and quality of building for more access and use during community events, venue rentals and classes. 
  • Hired Full-Time Assistant Director
  • Sub-Contracted new Grant Writer
  • Expand class availability to all residents living within North Church Hill. Build-on the reach of local schools.
  • Create sustainability through fulfilling financial goals and securing grant goals.
  • Connecting with local artists/organizations to provide the space for more cultural and arts performances, concerts, art shows, plays, lectures and more.
  • Adobe package to enhance creative marketing 
  • Board Recruitment, specifically for Treasurer
  • Sponsors and partners for new initiative to provide local arts and culture events in-house such as our Art Night "Tipsy Picasso" to keep the cost low for participants with quality instruction, supplies, food and beverages.  
  • Connection with Arts individuals and/or organization that share similar desires/values for the community to host performances, concerts, theatre, art talks, demonstrations, displays, etc. within our community for direct neighborhood reach. 
Background Robinson Theater was an historic movie theater built in 1937. After several reinventions of the theater including a disco club, bar, pool hall and night club, it was closed in 1987. Not until 2007 when the historical renovation took place did the Robinson start to return to its former glory. In hopes to re-establish a place for the neighborhood, it was re-opened as a community arts center. With a myriad of opportunities for young and old alike, including lessons in dance, Tae Kwon Do, acting, Saturday matinees, local talent shows, community meetings, receptions and recitals, the possibilities for neighborhood use are endless.
CEO Statement
Robinson Theater Community Arts Center (RTCAC) is becoming more and more valued in the neighborhood as an historical icon brought back to life. The building itself was desolate for over 20 years. Now that it's been re-opened as a community arts center, for the neighborhood, there's a sense of vibrancy on the block once more. It's one of a kind in an area that does not have another facility close by to call its own and use for family, friends, weddings, church, birthdays and other community gatherings.
Our hope is to provide this space and the resources that come along with it.  To help better the community and keep the doors open for a positive and welcoming atmosphere. 
Board Chair Statement

The Robinson Theater Community Arts Center is a valuable, unique resource in the East End.  Our focus on serving the residents of North Church Hill is supported by a dedicated, diverse and talented Board of Directors.  Each member not only makes financial investments in the Robinson, but also gives their time, talent, expertise and energy to guiding the staff.   Each member participates in our community events and advocates for the Robinson Theater throughout the region.

As the President of the Board, I have the honor to lead this organization and help develop strategies that will prepare us for a long, sustained future in the East End. We continue to pursue partnerships to identify resident’s needs and provide important resources. We are always looking for individuals who believe in our mission, support our vision and desire to help us impact the community.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Richmond, City
Our primary focus is the North Church Hill community of Richmond (23223), which expands to reach the 7th District of Richmond. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Todd Waldo
Company Affiliation Royall
Term Feb 2014 to Mar 2020
Board of Directors
Board Members
Pam Clarke Community Volunteer
Paul Granger Salvation Army
Betsy Hart Robinson Theater
Allie Ludeman Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Luke Smith Autopart Source
Nathanial Story Hirschler Fleischer
Todd Waldo Royall
Anna Weichel VCU Medical Center
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Betsy Redd Hart
Experience Since the inception of the Robinson Theater, it has been a learning, growing, stretching and eye-opening experience. I was brought on board to help develop and maintain the vision set before me of how to reach this North Church Hill community with a positive change. Having grown-up in Richmond, studied Mass Communications at VCU and having a passion for community outreach and specific performing arts, it was as if my dream job had been placed in my lap. Over the course of our short life here in Church Hill, we have built relationships, partnered with other organizations in the neighborhood to keep focus on the community and not to one organization alone, seen amazing talent participate with our talent shows and classes and shared many joyful times together as one community. We look forward to many more memories and developments as we continue to grow.
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 50
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2010
Whistleblower Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Robinson Theater establishes a hefty variety of partnerships in order to provide quality programming to residents. These collaborations are listed, but not limited to the following: Richmond Urban Dance, Project Yoga Richmond, SPARC, Fitness Warriors/SportsBackers, Richmond City Health District, 7th District Councilperson, Cynthia Newbille, Richmond Promise Neighborhoods, American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Club Metro Richmond, Anna Julia Cooper, Communities in Schools, George Mason Elementary, Community Food Collaborative, Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT) and others.
Golden Hammer AwardAlliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods (ACORN)2009
Outstanding Host SiteSportsBackers2017
Arts-Based Classes
All classes are subsidized to provide low-cost rates for residents during a 10-12 week session.  All ages.
  • Hip Hop
  • Cardio Dance
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Theatre
  • Zumba
  • Fine art
  • Ballet
  • PreK Movement 
  • Yoga
Movie Night
Having the community arts center open in an historically-known movie theater, we host our own monthly movie nights in a family-friendly environment showing movies for free and the aroma of fresh popcorn popping at the snack bar.
Summer Block Party
Kick-off to summer to draw the community together, highlight offerings from the Robinson as well as local organizations. Free event held outside with streets blocked and areas for kids, local organizations, food, entertainment, something for all ages. Approx 1000 attendees. 
 Fall Festival
Another annual community-wide gathering in October featuring arts and culture organizations in conjunction with ArtoberVA as well as local organizations. Free. Approx 500 in attendance 
Venue Rentals 
Residents and non-residents are provided a low-cost venue to use to celebrate milestone events such as weddings, birthdays, retirement parties and local organization gatherings.  
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $220,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Robinson Theater's biggest hurdle is making our programs accessible to the community at-large. There are a number of folks who are either unaware of the programs we provide or unable to transport themselves to attend. The two ways we would like to address these issues are through flyers in schools and residents' homes, allowing the neighborhood to learn about what we are providing on a monthly/quarterly basis and potential transportation within the community to pick-up those who would like to attend a class or event.
Other great programs or services are provided by outside organizations that are open to the public as well. Whether it be East End Fellowship that welcomes folks in on a Sunday for a service and mealtime together, a yoga instructor who provides a low-cost class or a neighbor who dreams of holding her wedding in the neighborhood she grew-up in that won't break the bank, this facility is used as a multi-purpose building available to all.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $228,500.00
Projected Expenses $228,500.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$234,671$196,325$178,482
Administration Expense$5,759$4,905--
Fundraising Expense$5,920$4,866$850
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.890.921.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%95%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%5%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$62,034$88,570$100,365
Current Assets$62,034$88,570$100,365
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$9,200$7,600$3,000
Total Net Assets$52,834$80,790$97,365
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.7411.6533.46
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose The goal for RTCAC is to have the non-profit own the building. Currently, the non-profit is leasing as the only entity within the building to sustain and maintain the upkeep of the property. This would drastically lower overhead. 
Goal $750,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
VA Solicitation Permit 5/2018View
Organization Comments The income for RTCAC is diversified in a sustainable way through individual contributions, grants, fundraising efforts and program income (mostly venue rental). This assists with not having any one bucket too full. The challenge from year to year is the consistency of fund development. 
Foundation Comments
  • Robinson Theater Community Arts Center received its 501c3 ruling in 2009.