Regional Town Halls on the Arts
The VCA is coming to a town near you, having kicked off Town Halls in Emory, Lynchburg and Martinsville over the past two weeks. Virginia Commission for the Arts is engaging in Strategic Planning for a plan that will guide the agency from 2021 – 2024. As part of this process, we want to hear from stakeholders across the Commonwealth, representing a range of sectors within and outside of the arts.

These stakeholders may represent (but not be limited to): arts and cultural organizations, individual artists, local government, economic development, businesses, corporations, chambers of commerce, school systems, higher education institutions, healthcare, social service organizations, military and veterans organizations/communities, foundations (private/corporate) and individual citizens.

We hope you can join us! In the meantime too, please take a few minutes to give us your thoughts on the future direction of the VCA using this online survey: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eggvegu7jy4f3pnv/start

Upcoming Regional Town Hall Meetings

Area 5, Charlottesville
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
10 AM - Noon
The Paramount Theater
215 E Main Street
Charlottesville VA, 22902

Area 4A, Lorton
Tuesday, September 17
1 - 3 PM
Workhouse Arts Center
9518 Workhouse Rd
Lorton, VA 22709

Area 4B, Fredericksburg
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
10 AM - Noon
Fredericksburg Area Museum
907 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Area 6, Hampton
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
10 AM - Noon
The American Theatre
125 East Mellen Street
Hampton, VA 23663

Area 6, Virginia Beach
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
1 PM - 3 PM
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
2200 Parks Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

If you do not see one listed near your community, stay tuned as we confirm additional venues in the coming weeks.
Artist Fellowship (Crafts) Applications Due October 1
In July, Virginia Commission for the Arts announced the return of Artist Fellowships for FY20, in the discipline of crafts . Four artists will be considered for Fellowships of $3,500 each, recognizing the creativity of Virginia artists and their pursuit of artistic excellence. For more information, contact Artists in Education Coordinator Casey Polczynski at Casey.Polczynski@vca.virginia.gov , or visit  http://www.arts.virginia.gov/grants_fellowship.html .
Presenter Touring Assistance Still Available
The Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Performing Arts Touring Assistance program is designed to ensure that all Virginians have the ability to enjoy high quality performances by our state’s finest touring artists. The performers listed in the VCA Performing Arts Tour Directory represent a wide range of disciplines and have been selected by the Commission on the basis of artistic quality, prudent management, and the ability to provide inspiring, entertaining and educational programs for the citizens of Virginia.

Who Can Apply?
We are pleased to provide this service to any non-profit Virginia organization. Arts organizations, theatres, Pre K-12 schools, colleges and universities, libraries, parks and recreation departments, hospitals, nursing homes, service organizations, and units of local government are all examples of eligible non-profit presenters that may apply.

Amount of Assistance
The Commission will fund up to 50 percent of the artist’s fee for any touring program listed in the 2019-2020 Performing Arts Tour Directory, subject to the overall limit for each touring artist/ensemble.  Please note : Waitlist funds for FY19 will be subject to funds available.

Online Application Deadline
All performances must take place in Virginia between July 1, 2019 and June 15, 2020. Applicants wishing to present artists between June 16-30, 2020, must apply in the next fiscal year. Touring assistance may not be used for fund-raising events. Presenters (sponsors) should apply online between March 1, 2019, and December 1, 2019. Online applications (including signed contracts) must be received by the Commission at least four weeks prior to the scheduled event. 

Applying is Easy! Click HERE for application instructions and for information about artists or contact Catherine.Welborn@vca.virginia.gov
Save the Date - Art Works for Virginia Conference January 29, 2020
SAVE THE DATE: Art Works for Virginia 2020 is set for January 29, 2020, returning to the Hilton in Short Pump (just outside of Richmond).

Stay tuned for more details, including registration, hotel accommodations and scheduled sessions. Revisit Last Year's Conference online, here: http://www.arts.virginia.gov/programs_artworks.html