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Fiscal year 2015 was one of continued growth for the organization.
In 1963 Elisabeth Scott Bocock, along with a team of community-minded women, founded this organization when they envisioned at-risk young people learning to create with their hands. Through their vision, we began as a grassroots organization called the Hand Work Shop in an historic house on Church Hill. As subsequent leaders incubated new ideas in new locations, this small enterprise has grown into the region’s essential hub for the visual arts. In 2005 we changed out name to the Visual Arts Center of Richmond to convey our mission more directly. Our tagline, Exploring the Creative Spirit, captures our essence—using the visual arts to tap the fertile, inventive core of people from every walk of life. We engage adults and children in the artistic process through art classes, contemporary art exhibitions, programs and lectures. We foster a creative culture that encourages people of all backgrounds and skill levels to explore, participate, and experiment in the visual arts. As in 1963, we maintain the organization’s commitment to serving at-risk children.
Art After School is a creative-arts program that believes, through the process of art making, young people can develop a greater self-confidence and a deeper awareness of the world around them. Art After School engages an inclusive and diverse youth community in multi-week classes in the visual and literary arts. More than 70 classes are offered throughout the school year on-site and at off-site partnering centers. Art After School partnerships include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond, Binford Middle School, Albert Hill Middle School, William Byrd Community House, Podium, and SPARC. Through creative expression, students begin to see their abilities and themselves in a new light. Students learn creative behavior-skills that transcend the program by making them deeply understand that art enhances all of our lives and makes our communities special.
SOHO is an outreach program that pairs 12 sixth grade girls from Richmond public housing with 12 women mentors for a shared journey through art-based leadership and personal development workshops. The program culminates with each girl and mentor team using the artwork they created to transform the girl’s bedroom space into an inspiring environment, providing each girl with a Space of Her Own (SOHO) to study, live, and dream within. By experiencing leadership and life training through a hands-on learning process, art exploration, and creative mentoring, the women and girls expand the way they see and engage in relationships, transforming spaces and lives—inside and out
The interactive arts projects are designed to present teams opportunities to practice and apply lessons learned in the life-skills training: how to collaborate and delegate; how to plan steps and strategize to solve a problem; how to communicate effectively while frustrated; how to try, fail, and try again; how to show encouragement and gratitude. Experiences are enhanced by the connection and closeness of thoughtful mentor relationships and a safe community of support and affection. All teams help one another with challenges and problem-solving.
Children living in low-income families are twice as likely as those in middle-income families, and five times more likely as those in high-income families, to drop out of school (Maternal and Child Health Bureau Report, 2010). Truancy and high school dropout rates have been associated with subsequent substance abuse, gang involvement, and other criminal activity. Moreover, truant teens are more likely to become dependent on public assistance, become incarcerated, and have children with behavioral problems (Baker, Simon & Nugent, 2001).SOHO combats these threats by empowering the girls with practical tools that teach them how to make healthy choices. This strengthens them to take agency over their futures.
Studio S art classes are designed to nourish the minds, bodies, and spirits of our city’s seniors. Multi-week hands-on arts classes stimulate creative thinking, help seniors realize hidden talents, and provide social opportunities in a creative atmosphere. By working with colors, patterns, textures, and tools, Studio S participants keep their minds flexible, improve memory, and maintain dexterity. The opportunity to socialize and create something beautiful with their hands reinvigorates our senior students and encourages healthy aging. Studio S participants enjoy classes in a variety of media including clay, wood, fiber arts, painting, printmaking, glass, drawing, and oral histories. In the past, classes met once a week for three hours over a six-week period. Studio S students also enjoy guided tours of exhibitions in VisArts’ acclaimed True F. Luck gallery. We partner with area organizations and the YMCA growing younger program to reach seniors living in Richmond’s East End. Seniors receive a combination of art, music and exercise classes through this partnership.
By working with colors, patterns, textures, and tools, Studio S participants keep their minds flexible, improve memory, and maintain dexterity. The opportunity to socialize and create something beautiful with their hands reinvigorates our senior students and encourages healthy aging.
These classes help seniors realize hidden talents, and provide social opportunities in a creative atmosphere. The process of creating and experimenting keeps minds flexible, engages hands and muscles, and sparks new ideas about art and creativity.
ENGAGE workshops are available to the public the second Saturday of every month. ENGAGE: Side by Side offers a variety of two-hour workshops related to the True F. Luck Gallery exhibition and provides fun and rewarding time for parents, grandparents, Big Brothers and Big Sisters to work with a young person, exploring new materials and creating projects together.
Cost is $10 per team each Saturday. VisArts members and Big Brothers/Big Sisters teams participate free!
A team is a child (age 5 to 15) and an adult. A team can have one or two children. Additional children need to be part of another adult/child team. Teams work together at ENGAGE: Side by Side.
ENGAGE materials and docent tours are written to state and national learning standards in the visual arts.
Summer ArtVenture offers week-long studio art classes in a positive, nurturing learning environment. Each class provides focused attention on a specific media, skill or subject, and each week brings a selection of unique choices. All classes are taught by a professional artist and artists-educators who will help inspire and develop individual expression.
Morning studio classes (9:00am – 12:00pm) and afternoon studio classes (1:00 – 4:00pm) classes are available for all age groups. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per class to allow for individual instruction and learning. Some classes integrate teamwork or collaborative projects.
A limited number of scholarships are available each year and are awarded on the basis of need.
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