Richmond CenterStage is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide diverse local and world-class
performing arts, transformative arts education experiences for students of all
ages, and inspirational venues—all to strengthen the cultural and economic
vitality of Greater Richmond.
In addition to its comprehensive BrightLights Education program and wide array of performances and productions, Richmond CenterStage hosts a range of resident arts companies and other performing arts groups in a collaborative environment. CenterStage oversees several distinctive venues: Altria Theater at Monroe Park, and Carpenter Theatre and Dorothy Pauley Square downtown, which houses Rhythm Hall, Showcase Gallery, the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse and the Genworth BrightLights Education Center.
Richmond CenterStage has presented a series of successful programs that began with our sold-out Grand Opening, which featured performances by all nine of our (original) resident arts companies. Arts education is at the heart of our mission. In addition to comprehensive programs in our region's schools, we provide many opportunities to learn and engage in the arts, including our biennial Lights Up! Youth Open House—a celebration of youth in the arts (and families) that includes a day of free workshops, lecture-demonstrations and mini-performances (in performing and visual arts), open to the entire community. The sessions are provided by a multitude of our artists from our resident companies and other community arts organizations, and many attendees have their first participatory arts experience at this event.
All of these programs are strengthened through our BrightLights Education Initiatives, which provide opportunities for students in the City of Richmond and Counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan to not only attend performances but also learn in and through the arts in their schools. Our Initiatives also emphasize professional development for teachers and artists in best practices for the most effective use of the arts in teaching and learning across the curriculum. Emphasizing regional collaboration also allows for a new and vibrant way to approach arts education in some of the region’s most underserved areas.
Richmond CenterStage is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies upon nearly 85% of contributed revenue for its annual income. The performing arts, arts education and the various arts disciplines provide the framework for fulfilling our mission and vision . Our education programs for schools are provided largely at no cost to them, so as to eliminate barriers and increase equity in access to the arts for all. In our first five years, we served more than 30,000 students, teachers and families. Altogether our artistic programming, educational programs and special events are funded largely through generous support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government grants. CenterStage’s ability to foster a lifelong engagement in the performing arts is dependent upon private support from all these constituents.
CenterStage Foundation’s priority needs are:
Since 2009, Janet Starke has served as Director of Education for Richmond CenterStage. For nearly 20 years, she has
administered arts education, artistic programming and otherwise worked with senior management at performing arts centers and other arts
organizations in Charlotte, Cincinnati, Memphis and Nashville. In arts education programming, she designed and implemented professional development for teachers
and teaching artists for the successful implementation of arts-integrated
curricula supported by artist residencies. For these, she has secured grants
from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education.
A native of Richmond, VA, she holds degrees in Arts Administration from
Shenandoah University and the University of Cincinnati. Janet currently serves
on Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Area V General Operating grants panel, is
in the middle of a three-year term on Americans for the Arts’ Education Council,
and has previously served on grants panels for Virginia Commission for the
Arts’ Artists in Education, The Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education, and the
U.S. Department of Education. She has presented nationally at conferences and
symposia, including those of Arts Education Partnership, Southeast Center for
Education and the Arts, Arts Schools Network, U.S. Department of Education,
Americans for the Arts, and National Arts Marketing Project.
CenterStage is committed to presenting first-class artists from around the world and around the corner. CenterStage is home to nine resident arts companies and also presents national and international artists including well-known artists such as Tony Bennett, James Taylor, Bale Folclorico da Bahia, and Patti LaBelle. CenterStage is unique in its operation as a private-public partnership, and strives to serve its community in the best way possible.
In 2015-16, Richmond CenterStage will (again) present our OnStage Family Series and our Life is a Cabaret Series. Each of these Series presents local, regional and national artists that complement other offerings of our resident arts organizations. We also often partner with our resident arts groups and other community organizations, to co-present artists and other special programs. These artists also often provide educational opportunities, such as master classes, lecture-demonstrations and workshops that are recorded and/or live-streamed through the capabilities of our Digital Arts Lab. Providing opportunities for non-traditional audiences to experience rich cultural and family programming is a primary goal of our ongoing efforts.
From 2009 - 14, CenterStage served as a catalyst and funder in the design of several comprehensive arts Partnerships, which brought together arts partners and seven surrounding school systems, to create programs that uniquely applied to the arts to new methods of teaching and learning--spanning grades Pre-K through 12. While those programs saw many successes, we also found challenges in implementation, including our ability to most effectively balance depth vs. breadth across the region. As a result, our programs and services were restructured--some continuing as they did in the "pilot" phase, others phasing out, and still others being restructured in terms of delivery methods to the schools. As a result, current programs and services include:
is our intent that, like similar models across the country, these
programs demonstrate how the building of community – artists,
educators, businesses, government and philanthropies – can best
leverage differing resources to develop effective programs that lead
education reform and nurture a future workforce. Our overarching goal
is to increase equity in access for students of all ages, with an emphasis on supporting education reform through the increased dissemination of best practices in applying the arts to more effective teaching and learning across the curriculum.
The Digital Arts Lab serves as a
through-line in all our education programs, providing capabilities for online
tools for use in the classroom and at home. It also provides capacity for
disseminating content to classrooms and homes, via live-streaming and recorded
events. Most prinicipally, it provides unique workforce development skills for
young people through hands-on instruction in video production--students learn
all aspects of camera set-up, shooting, editing and uploading for use on the
web. Many of our graduates have gone on to film studies programs across the county and to work on film sets.
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.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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