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Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Art for everyone. Creativity for life.

aka VisArts   |   Richmond, VA   |  www.visarts.org

Mission

Celebrate and support the creative life of all people through art-making, exhibitions and community programs.

Ruling year info

1966

Principal Officer

Stefanie Fedor

Main address

1812 West Main Street

Richmond, VA 23220 USA

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Formerly known as

Hand Workshop

Hand Workshop Art Center

EIN

54-0721433

NTEE code info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Art After School

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. Held onsite at VisArts and offsite at partner locations to expand the program reach, all classes are taught by working artists using professional studio equipment and materials. Partnership with several middle schools in the Richmond Public School system ensures 400 students each year have regular access to meaningful arts education led by caring instructors. Through creative expression, students begin to see their abilities and themselves in a new light.The program culminates in a celebratory public expo of student that reinforces for students that they have something important to say, and that art makes our communities special.

Population(s) Served

Make Space is an outreach program that pairs 12 sixth grade girls who live in challenging circumstances 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 into an inspiring environment, making a new space 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. An in-depth program, girls enjoy 70+ active contact hours with their mentors. VisArts is proud to partner with Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School to engage all the girls in their 6th grade class with Make Space programming each year.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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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Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

CultureWorks 2021

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce 2014

Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence 2014

Virginia Association of Museums 2014

Virginia Mentoring Partnership 2014

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2021

Financials

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Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Board of directors
as of 03/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

David Shuford

Retired (Dominion)

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Kate Ackerly

Peter Blair LLC

Term: 2021 - 2024

Zhiela Ashtiani

Lustre Home

Jenny Bassett

Artist

Caprice Bragg

VMFA

Kristine Becker

Davenport & Company

Nicole Bielawski

Altria

Sanford Bond

3 North

Katie DeLuca

McGuireWoods

Karen Kelly

Self Employed

Zachary Hunt

Peake Law Group

Sue Ann Messmer

VCU

Dianne Nordt

Artist

Joel Ray

Davenport & Company

Steven Ridge

Dominion Energy

Diego Sanchez

Artist

Frankie Slaughter

Artist

Claire Tilton

Retired

Norvell Whitaker

Community Volunteer

Jere Williams

Collegiate School

Jeff Wilson

Padilla

Jane Sper

Kutak Rock LLP (retired)

Clare Tilton

Community Volunteer

Caitlin Porada

Dominion Energy

Stephen Humble

VPM

Virginia Lewis

Community Volunteer

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

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