RICHMOND, Virginia (WWBT) – CultureWorks has announced that more than $ 85,000 has been invested in the arts and culture community, funding 15 organizations and six professional artists, through donations from community organizations.
The CultureWorks annual grant programs help professional artists and non-profit organizations around Richmond with the goal of building their capacity and creating cultural equity.
“Since its inception, classical ballet has been considered a white art form. It has largely remained inaccessible to black and brown dancers due to the cost and proximity, ”said Ava Holloway of Brown Ballerina for Chang. “We are delighted to have been selected to receive a grant through CultureWorks that will be used to help fund a one-year ballet and advocacy program for dancers who otherwise would not have the ways to dance. We are truly touched by your generosity.
The grants are made possible by Altria Group, Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond and Baxter Perkinson, an artist who raised money for the program through an auction.
“We are honored to partner with the Altria Group and the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond, as well as all of our donors to make these grants possible,” said Scott Garka, President of CultureWorks. “Collectively, we shared the consequences of a dark year. These grants help our community look to the future and open our hearts and doors to new works, new performances and new audiences.
The following organizations were awarded grants in 2021.
- Artistic landscape
- Central Virginia Autism Society
- Brown ballerinas for change
- Cadence Theater Company
- Classic Rev + Rap
- Folklore Society of Elegba
- HARPS / Greenspring Foundation
- Latin ballet
- Moore Legacy / K Moss and associates
- Oak wood arts
- Richmond Triangle players
- Robinson Theater Community Art Center
- Voices from the community of Virginia
The following professional artists have also received grants.
- Mickaël broth
- Jowarnise Caston
- Merenda Cecelia and Blythe King
- Alex Criqui and Dustin Klein
- Steve gay
- Hamilton Glass
- Victor Haskins
More information about the Grants Program and CultureWorks is available on their website here.
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