FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cathy Welborn, Program Coordinator
(804) 225-3132; catherine.welborn@arts.virginia.gov
 
Virginia Commission for the Arts Presents Statewide
Application Assistance Workshops
 
RICHMOND, VA - October 15, 2019 - The Virginia Commission for the Arts will present a series of statewide application assistance workshops in November and December 2019. Workshop locations include: Arlington, Leesburg, Buena Vista, Marion, Farmville, Richmond, Hampton, and Charlottesville. 
 
Separate and distinct from the Town Halls on the Arts that the agency has been hosting throughout the state, these workshops will provide an overview of VCA grant programs, information about the online grant application system, proposed updates to the 2020-2021 Guidelines for Funding , application and review procedures, and general tips on preparing competitive proposals in preparation for the FY21 application deadlines. 
 
Workshops are free and open to the public and pre-registration is not required. Workshops can be helpful for first-time applicants preparing requests for:
 
* General Operating Support Grants
* Project Grants
* Creative Community Partnership Grants
* Artists In Education and AIE Express (AIEx) Grants
* Technical and Organization Development Assistance Grants
* Performing Arts Touring Assistance for Presenters
* Applications to the Performing Arts Tour Directory and/or the Teaching Artist Roster
* Artist Fellowships
Participants are encouraged to read the Guidelines for Funding and preview the Online Application Webinar and Tutorials at: http://www.arts.virginia.gov/grants.html. Those persons requiring the services of an interpreter for the hearing impaired should contact the Commission office at least one week in advance of the workshop.
 
Virginia Commission for the Arts Application Assistance Workshops will be held in the following locations:  (Note: for specific directions or details for parking, please contact the host sites directly in advance of the meeting day.)
 
Area 4A: Arlington, VA
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 1pm-3pm
Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201

Area 4B: Leesburg, VA
Friday, November 22, 2019, 11am-1pm  
Rust Library 
380 Old Waterford Road NW, Leesburg, VA 20176   
 
Area 3: Buena Vista, VA
Monday, December 2, 2019, 1pm-3pm
Ramsey Center
The workshop will be located in a classroom in the back of the building.
Street parking available around the building. 
 
Area 1: Marion, VA
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 10am-12 noon
The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts
203 N Church Street, Marion, VA 24354
 
Area 2: Farmville, VA
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 10am-12noon
Longwood Center for the Visual Arts
129 N Main Street, Farmville, VA 23901
 
Area 5: Richmond, VA
Monday, December 9, 10am-12noon
Studio Two Three
3300 W Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23230
 
Area 6: Hampton, VA
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 11am-1pm
Hampton University
William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library
--Atrium Meeting Room
130 E Tyler Street, Hampton, VA 23669
 
Area 5: Charlottesville, VA
Friday, December 13, 2019, 10am-12noon
New City Arts Initiative
114 3rd Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
There is 2-hour free street parking on the blocks around New City Arts Welcome Gallery including Market Street, Jefferson Street, and the connecting side streets. The first hour of parking at the Market Street Garage is free (all the time).
 
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The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Commission distributes grants to arts and other not-for-profit arts organizations, educational institutions, educators, artists, and local governments. For more information about the Virginia Commission for the Arts, visit www.arts.virginia.gov or call (804) 225-3132