Robinson Theater Community Arts Center
2903 Q Street
Richmond VA 23223
Mission Statement RTCAC is a multi-purpose facility that exists to inspire and restore healthy community life to the residents of North Church Hill primarily through arts, fitness and nutrition-based programs.
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
Projected Revenue $199,500.00
Projected Expenses $199,500.00
Mission RTCAC is a multi-purpose facility that exists to inspire and restore healthy community life to the residents of North Church Hill primarily through arts, fitness and nutrition-based programs.
  • Five regular Zumba (fitness) classes, Yoga, Taekwondo, Hip Hop, PreK Movement and other like classes for 10-week sessions each providing this free for those who live and/or work in the community. Between these classes provided, over 200 people attend each session. 
  • Hosted Nutrition Demos for community alongside a weekly farm stand (seasonal: summer/fall) in partnership with Shalom Farms and CHAT.
  • Upgraded facility equipment and quality of building for more access and use during community events, venue rentals and classes.
  • Partnered with a number of other community organizations such as East End Fellowship, Peter Paul Development Center, Healthy U, American Heart Association of Richmond, Shalom Farms, CHAT, Tricycle Gardens, Boys and Girls Club Metro Richmond, CIS, Family Resource Center, National Night Out, 1st Precint Police Department and others to form unity among the neighborhood
  • Hired 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.
  • Website upgrade
  • Board Recruitment for Treasurer and/or Financial management assistance
  • Volunteers and sponsors for monthly movie nights (2-5 volunteers monthly, approx. $1000/month for facility, licenses, snack bar supplies, staff, posters and other operational costs)
  • Financial backing to enhance and expand our reach through mailers to the community at large (approx. $8000/year)
  • Connection with Arts individual and/or organization that share similar desires/values for the community to provide more directed arts and culture programming and opportunities.
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).
Board Chair
Board Chair Todd Waldo
Company Affiliation Royall
Term Feb 2014 to Mar 2017
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 1
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
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 is currently collaborating with Councilperson Cynthia Newbille alongside her Health and Wellness Initiative to provide free Zumba classes, Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond and the YMCA to bring their students to free classes/workshops and local civic associations to provide space to meet and joint events (i.e. National Night Out)
Golden Hammer AwardAlliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods (ACORN)2009
Arts-Based Classes
All classes are subsidized to provide free 6-8-week sessions. Ages 7 & up
  • Hip Hop
  • Fine Arts
  • Praise Dance
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Theatre
  • Creative Writing
  • Zumba
  • Photography
Showtime at the Robinson
Open to the community to showcase their talent on stage where they might not have had the opportunity to otherwise. All talent welcome such as dance, song, self-written poetry, rap, art and more! Audience selects the winner by applause. This opportunity comes twice a year for all ages.
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.
Game/Craft Nights 
 A group of volunteers have helped to provide regularly scheduled craft or game nights including a meal to enjoy together with the whole family. Transportation provided.
 Community Gatherings
On a number of occasions, Robinson Theater hosts block parties to draw the community together throughout the year. Two of our most popular and well-attended gatherings are the Annual Summer Bash in July and Fall Festival for Halloween with 1st Precinct, which draws over 500 neighbors out to fellowship together. A number of other gatherings occur throughout the year with partner organizations such as Books on Wheels and Family Resource Center. 
Budget $15,000.00
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 mailers, 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 $199,500.00
Projected Expenses $199,500.00
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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Foundation Comments
  • Robinson Theater Community Arts Center received its 501c3 ruling in 2009.