The contacts below are intended for use by educators, administrators, parents, and others involved in the educational benefits and uses of art. If you are an educator in the arts and would like to be included in our directory, please contact us and we’ll be happy to add you to this resource.

Creative Writing


Dr. Arlene A. Carter

Aka The Happy Lady
Aka Miss Happy Foot
3224 Brookside Road
Axton, VA 24054-3058
(434) 685-3789
E:mail: acarterp@kimbanet.com

web: www.poetrypizzazzplus.com

Featuring EDMAR Verses: You choose the thought. The words are written in poetry form, framed (8X10), and ready to go.

Background
Arlene A. Carter taught reading and English in Pittsylvania County Schools for 25 years. She taught one year as an assistant professor in the reading department at James Madison University. Currently she teaches English in the Martinsville City School alternative program. She earned her doctoral degree in reading education from the University of Virginia in 1996. Her books include Cracking Walnuts & Other Goodies, Tucked In Real Real Tight, Love, Laughter, & Tears (An SOL Parental Involvement Activity Book), Soppin’ Gravy at The Kitchen Table. Also, she is the author of You Are Not Alone: Making The Journey Through Alzheimer’s With A Loved One (Publisher’s Syndication, Int., 1993). Her goal is to promote the therapeutic value of writing and to encourage reading and critical thinking. Instruments are included to help participants find their rhythm. Dolls are used to promote love, hope, respect, self-discipline, honesty, and other character elements. Presentations conclude with audience participation in her poem, “Can You Love Me Still-I Hope You Will?”

Program Offerings
* Poetry Pizzazz Plus Stories & More-Performances are given for school assemblies, conferences, and other special events. The language of poetry is explored through dramatizations, recitations, and rhythmic interpretations. The program helps people make the connection between the printed word and everyday living.
* Writing workshops are available after assembly programs
* Teacher In-Service workshops are available

Fees
* Single assembly show–$750 2 or more shows $600.00 ea. (45 min-1hr.)

* Follow up writing workshops $300 ea. (30-45 min.) Teacher in-service $400.00
* Fees do not include travel, meals, or lodging

Audience
All ages-including children and adults


Charlottesville Writing Center

P.O Box 5608 Ph 434-293-3702

Charlottesville VA 22905 E mail cwc@cvillewrites.org
Contact: Heather Burnes http://www.cvillewrites.org

Audience
The Charlottesville Writing Center is a non-profit organization serving Charlottesville and the surrounding community since 1996. A wide variety of courses in creative writing are offered to children and adults. The Center co-hosts the New Dominion Reading Series with University of Virginia’s Creative Writing Department.

Program Offerings
* After-school and summer creative writing classes for young people.
* Evening and weekend creative writing classes for adults.

* Consulting
* Tutoring
* School Presentations

Fees
Vary by program. Many classes for children are free.

Audience
Ages 10 and up.


Margo A. Figgins

The Curry School, University of Virginia
Ph 434-924-0766
Fax 434-924-0747
Ruffner Hall 232
405 Emmet Street E mail maf8q@virginia.edu
Charlottesville VA 22903-2495 www.people.virginia.edu/eds-yww/

Audience
Margo Figgins was a secondary English and Drama teacher for 12 years before founding the University of Virginia’s Young Writers Workshop, a program she has directed since 1982. She is a published poet and has worked as a Poet-in-the-Schools throughout the state of Virginia. She also consults with numerous schools on their writing programs, has served as a writer-in-residence and is listed in the Artists-in-Education Residency Program Artist Roster, Virginia Commission for the Arts. She enjoys working with both students and their teachers in the creative arts, particularly poetry writing. Ms. Figgins is an Associate Professor of English Education at the Curry School.

Program Offerings
* Poetry writing workshops are for students at all grade levels and for teachers of writing.
* Creative writing workshops include fiction, plays, and poetry.
* Creative Drama workshops are available.
* Artists-in-Education Residencies are offered through the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Fees
Depends on program, travel arrangements, and preparation time involved. Workshops are designed to meet client’s need and budget.

Audience
Students, ages 3-12, and their teachers

Requirements
Writing equipment (pens, paper, desks/tables), overhead projectors, and CD/tape player


Deborah M. Prum

220 Ipswich Place
Charlottesville, VA 22901
434-984-5559

Audience
Deborah Prum has had articles and short stories published, some focusing on historical periods, that pertain to the education of elementary and middle school students. She has also written two history books for young adults and short fiction for adults. She has attended workshops and seminars on writing for children, teens and adults at Duke University, Southern Connecticut State University and the Green River Writers in Louisville, Kentucky. Workshops for elementary, middle and high school students have been given in Connecticut, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia. From 1996 – 2000, she has given readings from her works at the Virginia Festival of the Book.

Program Offerings
* Workshops, 1 to 1 1/2 hours in length, are offered on various aspects of writing according to elementary and middle school interests.
* Prum offers readings from her works to elementary and middle school classrooms.

Fees
Vary.

Audience
Ages 7 – 14 years.


University of Virgina’s Young Writers Workshop

The Curry School, Ruffner Hall 233
Ph 434-924-0836
Fax 434-924-0747
405 Emmet Street
Charlottesville VA 22903-2495

E mail writers@virginia.edu

http://people.virginia.edu/~eds-yww

Audience
The Writers Workshop of the University of Virginia, established in 1982, brings together a community of writers with a common purpose: to create a supportive and non-competitive environment where teenagers can live and work as artists. As professional authors interested in developing new talent, the faculty brings practical experience to the workshop setting. The staff counselors and administrators are dedicated to nurturing the artistic vision by providing a comprehensive program for talented young writers.

Program Offerings
Two Sessions each summer – In the Morning Intensive Workshop, guided by staff, students will invent, develop, and revise material with an eye toward publication in areas of: Song, Poetry, Playwriting, Fiction, Magazine Journalism. Afternoon workshops, electives and evening and weekend programs are included. Session I, two weeks, accommodates writers with a range of experience levels. Session II, three weeks, requires commitment to more concentrated study and includes guest writers.

Fees
Session I-$900 (2 weeks) — Session II-$1350 (3 weeks)
Partial scholarships are available based on financial need.

Audience
Rising 9th graders through rising college freshman


Virginia Writing

Longwood College
Ph 434-395-2160
201 High Street
Farmville, VA 23909
Contact: Tina Dean

Audience
Editor Billy C. Clark founded the journal, Virginia Writing, in 1986. It includes prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, photography, music and drama. Approximately 75 percent of works accepted will be by Virginia high school students and the rest by Virginia high school teachers.

Guidelines for submitting material:
* All manuscripts should be typed. Prose and plays should be double-spaced; poetry should be single-spaced within stanzas, one poem per page.
* Photographs should be 8×10 glossy or slides
* Artwork may be submitted in its original form or color slides or prints can be taken of the works and submitted instead of the originals.
* Submissions must include student or teacher, grade, name of school and a cover letter with brief biography. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope to learn the status of the submission or if the manuscript is to be returned. Materials will be accepted throughout the year.

Fees
There are no fees for students or teachers. The program is funded by grants.

Audience
Contributors are high school students and teachers. The journal is read by all ages.


Cultural Resources


Office of African-American Affairs, University of Virginia

Luther P. Jackson House. Ph: 434-924-7923

#4 Dawson’s Row, Fax: 434-924-0513
P.O. Box 400132 E mail: lbl4a@virginia.edu
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4132
www.virginia.edu/oaaa
Contact: Maurice Apprey, Interim Dean

Background
The Office of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia sponsors cultural programming designed to celebrate African and African-American culture at the University.

Program Offerings
* Annual Kwanzaa Fest Celebration, Martin Luther King, Jr. program and Black History Month events
* Various speakers, performances and cultural programming

Fees
Most are free and open to the public

Audience
All ages


Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society

The McIntire Building
200 Second Street, NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ph: 434-296-1492
Fax: 434-296-4576
E mail: achs@ntelos.net

Contact: Douglas T. Day
http://avenue.org/achs or http://albemarlehistory.org

Background
Founded in 1940, the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society is a membership organization that seeks to nurture and promote an awareness and appreciation of the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The Charlottesville-Albemarle Historical Collection, the Society’s research library, offers its resources to members and the general public alike. It publishes a quarterly newsletter and an award-winning journal, The Magazine of Albemarle County History. There is an annual award for the best paper on local history, the Rawling Prize. All with an interest in Central Virginia history are encouraged to become members.

Program Offerings
* The McIntire Building is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

* Saturday Walking Tours of historic downtown Charlottesville are given in April-October.
* Library is open to the general public and handles hundreds of local history/genealogy queries each year.
* Spirit Walk-ghostly evening tour of historic Charlottesville is presented each October.
* Library exhibits are open to the public.

Fees
Membership starts at the Swan Tavern Associate (basic family level)–$30/year and includes newsletter, journal, and notices of special events and publications.
Exhibits and library use are free. Fees suggested for Saturday Walking Tours are $3, children under 12 are free. Spirit Walk, $12 general admission, $5 children.

Audience
All ages


Ash Lawn-Highland

1000 James Monroe Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ph: 434-293-9539
Fax: 434-293-8000

info@ashlawnhighland.org
www.ashlawnhighland.org
Contact: Carolyn Holmes

Background
Ash Lawn-Highland is the 535-acre estate of the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe. The Monroes, their two daughters, and40-60 slaves, lived there from 1799-1823. Their home is remarkable for its decorative arts collections of original French and American furnishings, china and art. Owned since 1975 by Monroe’s alma mater, the College of William and Mary, Ash Lawn-Highland has provided many services to the community. Educational programs began in 1975 with crafts demonstrations, theatrical and musical performances, and youth hands-on workshops.

Program Offerings
Ash Lawn-Highland operating hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Apr-Oct); 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Nov-Mar).

Adult and youth workshops include a House Tour. Fees are $10 – 20 per person and Grades K – 8 unless noted:
* Ornament-Making Workshop includes paper, cloth and dried ornaments – Nov – Dec.
* Candle-Making Workshop – learn the art of how tallow and wax candles used to be made and take home a pair of candles you have dipped.
* Paper Quelling– –$10/ea, grades 6 â?? 12, $15 adults.

* Archaeology Workshop–$15/each, grades 4 â?? 12, $20 adults.
* Corn Husk Doll Making– $10/ea, grades 4 â?? 12, $15 adults. Make your own doll.
* Tin Lantern Workshop — $10/each, grades K â?? 12, $15 adults. Design and punch pattern into your own lantern
* Open Hearth Cooking Workshop–$15/each, grades 4 â?? 12, $20 adults.

* Themed and daily tours for all ages -Tour the Monroe House, grounds and gardens, and take part in a craft demonstration.
* Christmas Tours and Workshops held in December.
* Overnight camp-in -Spend the night in the Conference Room and explore the grounds. Minimum 10 and maximum 30 people.

Fees
Vary from $4.50-$20. Group rates available. Workshop fees vary and include a house tour. General admission: $9/adults, $8/Seniors, $5/children ages 6-11.

Audience
House tour all ages, pre-school through retirees.


Charlottesville Downtown Foundation

P.O. Box 2472 Ph: 434-296-8548
201 E. Main St., Suite H Fax: 434-971-9372
Charlottesville, VA 22902 E mail: cvilledowntown.org

http://fridaysafter5.com

Background
For ten years, the CDF has had a mission to further the interest of the city of Charlottesville and the community as a whole by promoting the general social welfare and to improve the environment for living, working, shopping, and visiting in downtown Charlottesville.

Program Offerings
* Fridays After 5 – is a 24 weeks series of concerts held each Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Downtown Amphitheater

  • Court Days, each fall and spring, is an arts/crafts festival featuring handmade items from regional artists. Live family entertainment is included.
  • International Food Festival in October features food from a variety of regional ethnic groups. Ethnic musicians, dancers, drummers and others provide background music and entertainment.
  • Street Music Festival, on the first full weekend after Labor Day, places individual or groups of musicians performing non-amplified music all along the Downtown Mall. Proceeds donated to charity.
  • Dogwood Blues Festival, a 2-day event in April, donates a portion of the proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Fees
Fridays After 5, $5, Court Days, International Food Festival, Street Music Festival – free.

Pay for Food from booths – International Food Festival. Dogwood Blues Festival –$3-$5.

Audience
Various ages


Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center

1562 Dairy Road

Charlottesville, VA 22904-1304
Ph: 434-979-9532
Fax: 434-295-2722
cpac@ccs.k12.va.us
www.ccs.k12.us/cpac

Background
The Charlottesville Performing Arts Center opened June of 1985 and is available to the Charlottesville Public Schools as well as to a variety of community events. In fifteen years the Center has served the community with hundreds of events. The 1999 season found CPAC in use nearly every week from September through June, except Christmas and New Years. The Center provides non-professional and professional productions with modern sound and lighting systems, a stage and thrust of 2600 visible square footage, the area’s largest flat movie screen, a comfortable and secure backstage, space for 1300 audience members, and complete disabled support (including ADA hearing-enhancement). CPAC is available for rental to federally recognized corporations, Commercial or Non-Profit, and events must be appropriate for Charlottesville school System property. There are two pianos, a Steinway “D” 9′ Concert Grand and a Kawai upright in the pit. National touring companies present productions appropriate for schools during school time and schools from surrounding counties are able to attend them. There is art gallery space avilable in the lobby.

Program Offerings
CPAC may be reserved for use by federally recognized corporations:
* Non-Profits located in City of Charlottesville of County of Albemarle $85 per hour; schools $100 per hour; all others $160 per hour.
* Annual visits of national touring companies with school age productions include: Chamber Theater of Boston, grades 6 – 10; American Theater Art for Youth of Philadelphia, grades K – 6; Classic Productions for Children of Tennessee, grades K – 6; Living Arts for Students, grades K – 6. For further information about these companies contact CPAC Manager.

* The Lobby has gallery space available for arts shows at no cost. Contact CPAC Manager.

Fees
Rental fees are listed above. Fees for events vary according to productions.

Audience
Various according to the event – pre-school through adults


Charlottesville Therapeutic Recreation

C/o Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Ph: 434-970-3264
City Hall Annex Fax: 434-970-3596
P.O. Box 911 E mail: spicer@charlottesville.org
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Contact: Mildred Spicer

Background
Charlottesville Therapeutic Recreation , a program of Charlottesville Parks and Recreation, serves individuals with disabilities, ages 8 and up, and their families, The goals of the program are to provide equal opportunity for recreation activities, to track development of self-worth, and to provide opportunities to have fun.

Program Offerings
* Kids on the Block Puppet Show for ages 8 and up, is an educational program that focuses in a delightful way on a variety of disabilities. Shows are presented for Charlottesville and Albemarle County Schools, organizations and others.
* Therapeutic classes in ceramics, various forms of art, dance/movement, etc.
* Camp Creativity: one week summer day camp for teens with disabilities, all forms of art activities

Fees

Range from free to $45 for six-week class sessions. Scholarships are available.

Audience
Ages 8 and up


Charlottesville/Albemarle VSA Arts

(formerly Very Special Arts)

City Hall Annex, c/o City Recreation
P.O. Box 911 434-296-3518
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ph: 434-970-3264
Fax: 434-970-3596
Contact: Mildred Spicer or Jean Wilhelm

Background

Charlottesville/Albemarle VSA Arts has been named a District of VSA art of Virginia, a member of national VSA arts (designated by Congress to be the coordinating agency for arts programming for people with disabilities). The sponsoring area agency is Charlottesville Parks and Recreation with support from the Piedmont Council of the Arts and Albemarle County Parks and Recreation. The committee includes interested individuals as well as area agencies that are working to promote arts for special populations. A variety of special events is held annually.

Program Offerings
* VSA arts led workshops
* Special Events are open to all during the Virginia Festival of the Book.

* Art shows are held to feature the work of talented artists with disabilities.
* Poetry projects include printing of a book of poetry each year.

Fees
Fees vary according to the event or activity. Most are free. The Virginia Festival of the Book events are free.

Audience
Youths, families, and adults with some events/activities open to all ages and the community.


First Night Virginia

P.O Box 2284 Ph: 434-975-8269
Charlottesville, VA 22902 Fax: 434-975-8269
Contac: Steven Levine
E mail: firstnightvirginia@juno.com

http://fnva.org

Background
This is a family-focused, alcohol-free community celebration of the performing and visual arts. Events include mid-afternoon performances and activities for young families that continue to Midnight. Local , regional, state and national performers and organization are featured. A detailed program is provided in advance to enable family planning

Program Offerings
Event takes place on December 31st from 4 p.m. to Midnight

Fees
Adult button, $10. Ages 4-12, $5. Under age 3, free.
Buttons go on sale December 1, 2003 at the following locations: all Charlottesville Krogers, Wal-Mart, Plan 9, Timberlakes, and Spencers 206. Buttons will also be available for sale on the day of the event, December 31, 2003 at the Omni beginning at noon.

Audience
All ages


Frontier Culture Museum

P.O. Box 810 Ph: 540-332-7850
Staunton, VA 24402-0810 Fax: 540-332-9989
(1250 Richmond Rd.) E mail: info@frontiermuseum.state.va.us

Staunton, VA 24401 www.frontiermuseum.org

Background
Visit four countries and 300 years of history in one afternoon. The Frontier Culture Museum has four unique historic farms and a working blacksmith’s forge which offer 17th, 18th, and 19th century European and American history as an experience. Appropriate furnishing, gardens, livestock, crops, and a knowledgeable staff illustrate life in Europe before immigrations to America and the culture these early settlers help build on one of America’s first frontiers. Time periods include Germany early-1700s, Northern Ireland early-1700s, England late-1600s and mid-1800s Shenandoah Valley (pre-Civil War).

The Museum is located at the intersection of I-81 and I-64. Take I-81, Exit 222, Route 250 W, entrance is 1/2 mile on the left.

Program Offerings
* The museum is open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (mid-March-Nov. 30) and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Dec 1- mid-March)

* Educational and Group Tours – Request guided tour three weeks in advance – averages two hours.
* Public Programs and Lectures
* Concerts & Special Events
* Workshops and Day Camps

Fees

Admission: Adults $8, Children $4, group rates available
Museum guides are available to groups for additional $25 per guide.

Audience
All ages


International Center at University of Virginia

21 University Circle

Charlottesville, VA 22903
434-924-7983
intlctr@virginia.edu
www.virginia.edu/iso/ic
Contact: Judith Saulle, Interim Associate Director

Background
The Lorna Sundberg International Center initiates, facilitates and supports international and inter-cultural activities, programs and services at the University of Virginia. Students, scholars, faculty, staff and friends of the University should have every opportunity to immerse themselves in and explore the backgrounds, traditions, experiences and attitudes of all individuals within the diverse university community. In this way, the combination of countless cultures and experiences can provide a dynamic environment where mutual enrichment is possible. The Center acts to enhance and develop this environment through partnerships with organizations and individuals throughout the University and the greater Charlottesville/Albemarle communities.

Program Offerings

  • Sundays at the Center, Spring Colloquium, English Language Programs, International Speakers Bureau, MIX (Mentoring & International eXchange), The Multicultural Library, Lodgings at the IC for U.Va.’s international visitors, the Multicultural Events Calendar, Thanksgiving Meal Match and the Annual Mary Ellen Brown Picnic.

Fees

No fees (with the exception of lodgings and certain ESL classes).

Audience
Ages 5-105


Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

201 E. Market St.

Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ph: 434-979-7151
Exec. Dir: John Halliday

http://jmrl.org

Background
Today, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library serves a population of 170,000 residents, with nine locations and Bookmobile services to rural Albemarle County and institutions. The mission of the library is to be a dynamic civic resource that is committed to providing informational and recreational materials and services which best anticipate and respond to the needs, interest, and concerns of all individuals and groups within the region. The branches have meeting spaces that may be reserved at no cost by community groups. JMRL plays a leadership role in the Virginia Festival of the Book. An active Friends of the Library organization holds an annual book sale to support special library needs.


Jefferson-Madison Regional Library–Young Adult Services

Contact: Tim Carrier Ph: 434-979-7151, Ext. 215
Fax: 434-979-9728
E mail: tcarrier

Program Offerings
Programs of interest to middle and high school students include workshops, instructional programs, crafts, contests, participatory literature and arts events (heaviest concentration of activities in summer).

For more information click on “About the Library” on library Web site://jmrl.org

Fees
Free to public. Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library fund program costs

Audience
Ages 11-18


Jefferson-Madison Regional Library–Children’s Services

Contact: Nancy Cook Ph: 434-979-7151 ext 201 or 300
Fax: 434-979-9728
E mail: ncook@avenue.org

Program Offerings
* Story time for children between 6 mo-5 years are held at library branches.

* Special programs are held during the school year for school age children and their families.
* Summer reading programs and a series of special programs, that include storytellers, musicians, puppeteers, and other, are planned to involve children and families during summer vacation.
* Programs with various artists are feature for special occasions including National Children’s Book Week and Black History Month.

Fees
Free to public

Audience
Family members from 6 months and up through adults


Monticello Education Department

(Thomas Jefferson Foundation)
P.O Box 316
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ph: 434-984-9853
Director of Education: Robin Gabriel

www.monticello.org
Email: education@monticello.org
Web-based lesson plans: www.monticello.org/Matters/people/plans.html

Background
Monticello’s study tours are designed to complement and enrich classroom instruction. Students actively participate in each program, often working with facsimile artifacts and documents in the Education Learning Center. Special guided tours of the house, the grounds and the exhibition. Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, are provided with most programs.

Program Offerings
Reservations are required for all study tours and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Various programs are available for different ages:

* Childhood in the Age of Jefferson, Grades 2-3, April-October
* Digging Up the Past, Grades 3-6, All year
* Monticello Architecture, Grades 3-6, All year
* Roundabout Monticello, All grades, All year
* Resource packets are available for general classroom study and before a visit to Monticello. Packets include: a teachers’ volume with background materials, facsimiles of primary documents, activities, lesson plans, and cardstock student sheets suitable for photocopying. Packets include: Finding Isaac Jefferson, Monticello: A Working Plantation; Digging Monticello: Archaeology at Monticello Today; Thomas Jefferson, Architect; Jefferson and Travel; Thomas Jefferson’s Family Life; Digging up the Past; Monticello Architecture; Monticello Adventures: A Discovery Story; Monticello Children’s Garden Activity Kit.
* Individualized Programs available for development to suite needs of classes or groups

Fees
Study tour costs are $8/student (March-October) and $7/student (November-February)
$75 deposit required for program reservation

Audience
Programs vary between grades 2-12. These programs are handicapped accessible.

Requirements
Bus and lunch are necessary for day-long programs.


The Paramount Theater

215 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ph: 434-979-1922
Fax: 434-979-8460
Email: info@theparamount.net
www.theparamount.net

Believing that a passion for the performing arts begins at an early age, The Paramount is committed to presenting the finest arts education programming through ArtsReach performances for area school children. As a result of the generosity of our benefactors, sponsors, and donors through the Arts Education Partnership, The Paramount is able to make these programs accessible to ALL children in Central Virginia and beyond by offering them at a reduced cost.

For further information on Paramount education programs, please contact Catherine von Storch, Education Coordinator, at 434.979.1922 ext. 100 or catherinevonstorch@theparamount.net. Arts Education programs may also be viewed online.


Piedmont Virginia Community College

501 College Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ph: 434-961-5247
Fax: 434-296-8395
Contact: Anita R. Showers
Ph: 434-961-5247
E mail: ashowers@pvcc.edu
www.pvcc.edu

Background
The V. Earl Dickinson Building is the venue for original programming and sponsored events by local, national and international artists in art, music, theater, and dance.

Program Offerings
* Art gallery open year round Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 1-5 p.m. except when the college is officially closed.
* Acting workshops offered for middle and high school groups.
* Teachers can arrange to bring classes (without fee) to dress rehearsals of in-house theater productions.

* A new professional Art Show is hung every month and a half with a reception for each opening. Public receptions for each show.
* Teachers can arrange to bring classes to view exhibits.

Fees
Vary according to type of event

Audience
Varies according to event. Center is handicapped accessible. Free adjoining parking.


Thomas Jefferson Foundation — Monticello

P.O. Box 316
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ph: 434-984-9822
Fax:434-977-6140
E mail: publicaffairs@monticello.org

www.monticello.org

President: Daniel P. Jordan
Vice President: Kat Imhoff

Background
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation offers daily guided tours of the Main House, which are attended by over half a million visitors annually, and seasonal, hourly tours of Monticello’s Grounds and Gardens, and of the Plantation Community. Other tours include seasonal Tours for Families, offering a child-oriented look at Monticello, and Saturdays in the Garden, a series of nature walks, workshops, seasonal tours of Monticello, lectures, and tasting. Scholars study at the International Center for Jefferson Studies. Evening Conversations is a lecture series for adults. The University of Virginia co-sponsors classes for credit: Archaeological Field School, Monticello-Stratford Hall Summer Seminar, Historic Landscape Institute, Jefferson and Monticello

Program Offerings
* Guided tours include: the Main House, Monticello’s Grounds and Gardens, the Plantation Community, Saturdays in the Garden, and tours for Families (child-oriented – seasonal).

* Free year-round exhibition, “Jefferson at Monticello,” is at Monticello Visitors Center.
* Education Department offers Study Tours (2-12), summer Adventures Day Camp (rising 4th through 7th graders), Hands-on Learning Hours at the Visitors Center, and a biannual Elderhostel at Monticello.
* Fourth of July celebration, with a nationally renowned guest speaker and the Charlottesville Municipal Band, invites the community to honor new citizens at the annual naturalization ceremony. Free

Fees
Vary depending on program

Audience

All ages


Virginia Commission for the Arts

Lewis House, Second Floor
223 Governor Street
Richmond, VA 23219-2010
Ph: 804-225-3132
Fax: 804-225-4327

arts@arts.virginia.gov
www.arts.virginia.gov

Background
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 artists, arts and other not-for-profit organizations, educators, educational institutions, and local governments, and provides technical assistance in arts management. Programs listed below pertain to education programs and are competitive unless noted.

Program Offerings
Artist-In-Education Residency Grants, grades PK-12, help eligible residency sponsors underwrite the cost of placing professional artists in residencies in schools from several days up to an entire year. This competitive matching grant program is designed to reinforce the scope and sequence of curriculum-based arts instruction provided by certified arts teachers in schools. Application forms for artists and sponsors, application deadline information, a handbook and Artist Roster (Piedmont Council of the Arts has a copy), and assistance and information are provided by the Commission and the Arts in Education Coordinator.

Teacher Incentive Grants

Classroom teachers certified in Virginia and currently employed by eligible elementary through high schools may apply for up to $300 for innovative projects which link the arts with non-arts curricula or units of study. The program promotes the arts with non-arts curricula or units of study. The program promotes the arts as an integral part of the educational process and as a foundation for learning across the curriculum. Application forms and deadline information are available from the Commission and information is provided by the Arts in Education Coordinator.

Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory
Not-for-profit organizations, schools and units of local government may select artists from this directory for performances, workshops, master-classes, residencies, and lecture demonstrations, and may apply for partial funding from the Commission. Please read this directory and application instructions carefully and contact the Commission’s Program Coordinator for further clarification and a copy of the Directory. Contact the artist or ensemble of your choice for applications and touring details.


Virginia Discovery Museum

P.O. Box 1128

Charlottesville, VA 22902
Ph: 434-977-1025
Fax:434-977-9681
Contact: Peppy Linden, Director
director@vadm.orgt
www.vadm.org

Background
The Virginia Discovery Museum is a hands-on children’s museum with programs and exhibits geared to children, ages 1 – 10. It offers opportunities to learn about history, science, and the humanities. It is a setting where adults and children learn together and from one another. The museum is a resource for area families, organizations working with young people, schools and tourists. The motto is children are our common wealth. The Virginia Discovery Museum encourages community involvement in the development of programs and exhibits and seeks partners who support our education mission.

Program Offerings
The Virginia Discovery Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.

Permanent exhibits include a 200 year old log house, a working bee hive, art studio, Jefferson’s Corner and Rainforest Hallway.
Rotating exhibits every 3 months, are referenced to the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Weekly (drop in) programs include Poetry Time, Toddler Time, Tuesday Travelers and Magic School Bus Science Club.
Classes and mini-camps require pre-registration.
Teaching kits and exhibits can be rented. Internet-based geology learning program is held each spring for class groups.

Fees
First Sunday of each month is “Pay What You Wish” admission.
$4 per person
Discounts for group visits (require registration)

Annual memberships available: Explorer family – $100, Grandparent – $50, Individual – $40.
VDM membership cards are honored at over 310 science centers nationwide. Explorer family membership also honored at 150 children’s museums.

Audience
Ages 1 – 10. An adult must accompany all children under 13.

The museum is handicapped accessible.


Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

145 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Ph: 434-924-3296
Fax: 434-296-4714
www.virginia.edu/vfh

President: Robert C. Vaughan

Background
Founded in 1974, the VFH is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to developing, sponsoring, and producing scholarship and educational programs in the public interest. The VFH creates opportunities for personal reflection and civic debate through their programs and services. Through the humanities, the VFH works to explore the spirit and diversity of American culture. Foundation programs engage the issues and stories that inform and shape people’s lives, inspire literacy and learning, and contribute to the interpretation and understanding of cultural traditions and current debates. They include: Virginia Folk Life Program, Grant Program, and seminars, conferences, workshops, and colloquia.

Program Offerings

* VABook! The Virginia Festival of the Book is held for 4 days every March. It develops and promotes programs on books and literacy with educational programs for readers and writers to celebrate books, printing, and electronic texts. Schools and community organizations develop readings by middle and high school writers accompanied by a student art exhibit; a celebration performance with well-known children’s authors; Saturday Motheread – Fatheread Day of family programs. Statewide and regional Poster Contest are held.
* Motherread/Fatheread provides training institutes and program on family literacy.
* McGuffey ABC (Arts of the Book Center) houses the VFH letterpress and teaches classes on book arts and craft.
* Media Program- sponsors educational programs on media and culture by exploring new tapes, CDs and exhibits to schools, universities, libraries, museums, and other non-profit organizations.

* Workshops for Teachers are offered.

Fees
Vary depending on program

Audience
All ages


Virginia Museum of Natural History at the University of Virginia

104 Emmet Street
P.O. Box 400768
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Ph: 434-982-4605
Fax:434-982-4830
E mail: vmnh-uva@virginia.edu
www.virginia.edu/~vmnh-uva

Background
The Virginia Museum of Natural History is a statewide system of museum facilities, research sites, and educational programs. Its purpose is to preserve, study, and interpret Virginia’s precious natural and cultural heritage. With headquarters in Martinsville, Virginia, the museum has Regional Centers located in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia and in Blacksburg at Virginia Tech. The UVA Regional Center provides science and natural history programs to the citizens of Central Virginia. Many of the museum’s offerings meet the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Program Offerings
The Charlottesville Regional Center of VMNH is open Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Parking is free.

* Programs and classes for children and activities for pre-school children are scheduled regularly and are listed in the local Newsletter along with lectures and field trips.
* Group Tours and specially tailored programs for school classes or other groups can be arranged by calling the local museum Regional Center.
* Outreach Education – Experienced educators take natural history programming to schools, libraries, senior centers and other community locations.
* Summer mini-camps.
* Wachovia – U VA Discovery Room is filled with interactive and hands-on learning opportunities for children.
* Learning kits – Packaged collections of teaching materials, resources, games, and experiments may be rented by teachers, parents, scout leaders, and others for use in teaching natural history and science themes.

Fees
Free admission to exhibit hall. Fees for programs vary.

Audience
Children and adults depending on specific program


WTJU FM Radio

P.O. Box 400811 Ph: 434-924-0885
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4811 Fax:434-924-8996
Contact: Peter Jones E mail: wtju@virginia.edu

http://wtju.radio.virginia.edu

http://www.AlbemarleKids.com/akclub/akclub.html

Director: Chuck Taylor

Background
WTJU-FM is a noncommercial educational radio station license by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the Rector and Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia. Established over 40 years ago, primary objectives of WTJU are to present original, rich, and diverse programming, including a wide variety of educational, entertaining music and informational programs on issues and events of interest to the community that are free from constraints of commercial interests. In addition, WTJU hopes to provide opportunities for people of both the University community and the community at large to participate in the creation of that programming, as well as the experience of broadcasting.

Program Offerings
* A variety of musical programs with a concentration on classical music.

* Tell Us a Tale is on the air with Peter Jones at 12 p.m. on Sundays. This the only 2-hour children’s radio broadcast in Central Virginia that features outstanding stories and music. Throughout the year, Peter works with local school children to produce special radio programs.
* The Weekly Arts Report with Jane McDonald, at 12 noon and 9 p.m. Thursdays, highlights fine and lively arts productions throughout Central Virginia.

Fees
Free access to a radio

Audience
Tell Us a Tale – Ages 3-12; Arts report – teachers, planners, parents; and families, older children and young adults.


WVPT Public Television

806 East High Street Ph: 434-972-1718
Charlottesville, VA 22902 Fax:434-972-1719
www.pbs.org/wvpt/

Background

WVPT is a public television serving the greater Charlottesville-Albemarle region and the Shenandoah Valley, with quality programs and numerous community outreach services. WVPT serves as a classroom, a concert hall, a conference center, a college, and a library of the airwaves. As one of the most accessible educational institutions in the region, WVPT carries out its mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities to everyone within its reach.

Program Offerings
* Annual Young Heroes Award to honor students in grades K-12 who demonstrate outstanding academic, athletic, and leadership skills, and those who have overcome a handicapping situation.
* Annual Young Environmentalist Award for students who research local and national environmental issues in concern for the future of the planet.
* Outreach projects include Ready to Learn (RTL) initiative, extending children’s programs to homes and classrooms through seminars.

* PBS broadcasts include local programs and series, award-winning documentaries, and instructional television.
* Reading Rainbow holds a “Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.”


Statewide Organizations


Bluemont Concert Series

P.O. Box 208 Ph: 703-777-6306
Leesburg, VA 20178 Fax:703-777-0574
Contact: Cindy Hollister, Artist-IN-Education Program Manager E mail: cindy@bluemont.org
www.bluemont.org

Background
Bluemont Concert Series is a nonprofit performing arts organization whose goal is to provide high quality, affordable cultural and performing arts programs to the communities we serve. We achieve this by providing Summer Concert Series in 10 locations from June through August, Outreach Benefit performances in nursing homes and long term care centers, and by coordinating special events and festivals as requested by local community organizations. Our largest program, the Artist-IN-Education Program provides performances, workshops and residency programs to schools in 19 school districts throughout Central Virginia. The Bluemont Directory of Cultural Programs focuses on the correlation between cultural arts programs and the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). Call for a current directory.

Program Offerings
The Bluemont Artist-IN-Education Program lists over 80 artists/groups that can be booked for performances through the Coordinator. The Directory of Cultural Programs provides Artist’s Profiles in areas of: Dance, Environment and Wildlife, History, Music, Poetry, Puppetry, Storytelling, and Theatre Arts. There is also a Cross Reference Index to assist in choosing an artist in approximately 50 particular subject areas that pertain to school curricula related programs. (Listed in the Directory: The Virginia Opera, Dinorock Productions, Linda Fang, Dylan Pritchett, Magpie, John McCutcheon, and others).

Example: Meet Thomas Jefferson. Rob Coles, the fifth great grandson of Thomas Jefferson. His program includes dialogues with Mr. Jefferson’s contemporaries, his feud with another president, and the story about the Declaration of Independence. Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. Subject areas: History, Social Studies.

Length: 30-40 minutes. Audience size: 250-400. Requirements: stage or open area, chair, American Flag in stand. Fees: Half day $400, Full day $700

Artists can come for a half-day or longer, present small or large assembly programs, lead classroom or small group workshops, and present teacher-in-service programs.

Fees

Fees vary per performance and artist as listed in the Fee Schedule. Fees are based on programs within a limited area. Travel fees will apply to Albemarle County and Charlottesville programs.

Audience
Grades K-12, families and general audiences. Individual audience listings for performances are in the Directory.

Technical Requirements
They vary from artist to artist and details are listed or obtained from the Artist-IN-Education Coordinator.


Virginia Commission for the Arts

Lewis House, Second Floor Ph: 804-225-3132
223 Governor Street Fax: 804-225-4327
Richmond, VA 23219-2010 E mail: vacomm@artswire.org
arts@state.va.us
www.arts.va.us

Background
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 artists, arts and other not-for-profit organizations, educators, educational institutions, and local governments, and provides technical assistance in arts management. Programs listed below pertain to education programs and are competitive unless noted.

Program Offerings
* Artist-In-Education Residency Grants, grades PK-12, help eligible residency sponsors underwrite the cost of placing professional artists in residencies in schools from several days up to an entire year. This competitive matching grant program is designed to reinforce the scope and sequence of curriculum-based arts instruction provided by certified arts teachers in schools. Application forms for artists and sponsors, application deadline information, a handbook and Artist Roster (Piedmont Council of the Arts has a copy), and assistance and information are provided by the Commission and the Arts in Education Coordinator.
* Teacher Incentive Grants Classroom teachers certified in Virginia and currently employed by eligible elementary through high schools may apply for up to $300 for innovative projects which link the arts with non-arts curricula or units of study. The program promotes the arts with non-arts curricula or units of study. The program promotes the arts as an integral part of the educational process and as a foundation for learning across the curriculum. Application forms and deadline information are available from the Commission and information is provided by the Arts in Education Coordinator.
* Arts Education Technical Assistance provides arts educators, grades PK-12, with opportunities for training and professional development in the area of arts education. Activities are generally short-term consultations or attendance at arts education conferences or institutes. Limited funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants. Contact the Arts in Education Coordinator for details.
* Arts Curriculum Development Grants This matching grant program for schools and school divisions, grades PK-12, is designed to promote curriculum-based, sequentially-organized arts instruction taught by certified arts specialists in elementary through secondary schools. Funding may be used for teacher training workshops, consultants, arts curricula design, strategic planning, etc. Initiatives must be part of a long-term design to include arts instruction – taught by certified arts specialists – in a school or school division. Review the Commission’s Guidelines for Funding and contact the Arts in Education Coordinator for details.
* Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory Not-for-profit organizations, schools and units of local government may select artists from this directory for performances, workshops, master-classes, residencies, and lecture demonstrations, and may apply for partial funding from the Commission. Please read this directory and application instructions carefully and contact the Commission’s Program Coordinator for further clarification and a copy of the Directory. Contact the artist or ensemble of your choice for applications and touring details.

* Catch A Star Program The Virginia Commission for the Arts encourages schools to offer a wide variety of arts events throughout the year. Students are encouraged to attend or participate in 10 or more arts events in order to qualify for a Catch A Star certificate. Packets are mailed to schools at the beginning of the school year. Call the Commission to receive a packet or for more information about the program.


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Office of Statewide Partnerships

2800 Grove Avenue Ph: 804-204-2681
Richmond, VA 23221 Fax: 804-204-2675
Contact: Trent Nicholas E mail: edpartner@vmfa.state.va.us
www.vmfa.state.va.us

Background
The Virginia Museum’s Office of Statewide Partnerships offers exhibitions, programs, educational activities and resources, technical assistance, fellowships, internships, and professional development to museums and education institutions across Virginia. The museum has designated three categories of partnerships, for educational institutions, community and civic organizations, and museums or art centers.

Program Offerings
The Virginia Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Group visit arrangements should be made three weeks in advance.

* Three Days in March, a high school residency program (27 years), offers junior and senior high school students and educators statewide the opportunity to participate in and in-depth arts-learning experience. Participants are invited from the Virginia Museum Partnership network and other statewide locations. They explore galleries, discover classical to contemporary art from around the world, and participate in workshops with dynamic artists. School administrators and teachers select students and educators.

Educational Partnerships for schools include:
* Speakers on the Arts; ideal for classroom instruction
* Artist workshops for schools & teacher workshops relating to classroom activities
* Free access to Educational Resources: Kits containing slides, posters, audio, lesson plans and traveling art exhibits ready to hang.
* Videos and films
* Free subscription to the Virginia Museum’s bimonthly Calendar.

* Statewide Exhibitions that link art, world culture and learning may be rented.

Fees
Partnership fee for schools and nonprofit organizations is $25. Fees are charged for certain offerings. Check web site for complete fee schedule.

Audience
Exhibitions and programs for all ages


Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

1645 Trap Road Ph: 703-255-1933/800-404-8461
Vienna, VA 22190 Fax: 703-255-1924
Contact: Akua Kouyate E mail: akuak@wolftrap.org
www.wolftrap.org/institute

Background
Wolf Trap Institute is part of the Wolf Trap Education Department and a program of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. The Institute places professional performing artists in classroom residencies to work with children three to five years old, along with their teachers and parents, through the disciplines of drama, music, and movement. The Education Department also includes: college internships, volunteer opportunities through America’s Promise, master classes, Pre-Performance Previews, Arts Play On Line, and Theater-In-The Woods.

Program Offerings

* Program offerings can include: specific performances, workshops, other educational activities, master classes, Keynote presentations, and residencies.
* Institute-7-week residencies, 1-week residencies, professional development workshops

Fees
Contact Wolf Trap Institute for fee schedule.

Audience
Dependent on service (All institute services for teachers and parents of 3-5 year-old children)

Requirements

Dependent on service


Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc.

11 Interstate Corporate Center, Suite 239 Ph: 757-466-7555
Norfolk, VA 23502-4056 1-800-314-2787
Fax: 757-455-9859
E mail: yav@exis.net
www.yav.org

Background
Young Audiences of Virginia, a statewide, nonprofit organization brings professional dancers, actors, storytellers and visual artists into the schools through performances, workshops and residencies at all grade levels. The arts Young Audiences provides can be the innovative tool used to reach the non-traditional learners in a class, create that project that turns a group of children and educators into a community, break down cultural barriers, build relationships and teach the whole child. The arts programs we provide tie directly to Virginia’s Standards of Learning and are a basic component of bringing up academically competitive, culturally literate children ready to join the workforce in the 21st Century. The Catalogue lists over 50 artists or performing groups and their performances under the core curriculum subject to which they relate and Virginia SOL connections are listed by grade. Teacher guides are provided for each performance or workshop. Young Audiences of Virginia has been providing this unique service to young people through schools, libraries, museums and community organizations for the past 44 years. Call for the current Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc., Catalogue.

Program Offerings
Free Showcases are given each fall and spring, offering sponsors the opportunity to preview the artists’ work. Many artists and groups have two or more performance and workshop offerings. Program fees are listed for Single, Back-to-Back or Arts for Learning Packages: A includes one performance and two 25 minute classroom visits by the individual artists within one hour; B includes two performances back-to-back and two 25 minute classroom visits in an hour. Grade levels and size of Audiences, Fees, and Technical Requirements are listed for each event. (Artists listed include: Linda Fang; Lynn Ruehlmann; Barbara Martin; Poetry, Prose, Percussion And Song; Cindy & Shelly and others).

Examples from the Catalogue:
* Jane Franklin Dance: 20th Century Dance Forms. This innovative program explores social dances from the 20th Century and how they relate to modern dance as an art form. Students are immersed in the development of dance through the last 100 years and are constantly on stage, taking part in dances and using their whole bodies to learn and participate. In addition, this program highlights geometry and science through each dance and visually illustrates symmetry/asymmetry, tangents and fractions, the rhythm and syncopation of the pulse and internal beat. Grades: K – 5, Audience size: 350
* Fees $538 single, $925 Back-to-Back, A – $647, B – $1139. Lists SOLs in History & Social Studies, English, Music, Dance, Theater.

* Requirements: A clean, clear performance area, floor must be either wood or a prepared dance surface for dancers with bare feet (no concrete or non-treated floors), and two chairs.

  • The Ways of My People: Red Hawk, a Cherokee Mythkeeper, explores the mysteries surrounding Native American culture. Journey through time listening to stories of animals, places and even the world’s beginning as explained through the Cherokee religion and culture. This program provides crucial insight into the ways of a people important to the history of North America. K – 12, Audience size: 200.
  • Fees $330 single, $500 back-to-back. Lists SOLs in History and Social Studies, English, Theater.

Dance


Padmarani Rasiah Cantu

2501 B Hydraulic Road Ph 434-245-8659

Charlottesville VA 22901 Fax 434-969-3278
E mail Prcan2@hotmail.com

Background
Cantu is a versatile dancer with an international reputation. She has performed throughout the world and has earned accolades from audiences and critics alike. She has studied with master teachers Padmasri
Adyar K. Lakshman and The Dhananjayans of Madras, India. In addition to presenting her students at college and university dance recitals, she has conducted workshops and residencies in California, Washington, and Virginia. She is a choreographer and her Indian dance compositions are widely acclaimed. Padmarani Rasiah Cantu is a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory.

Program Offerings

  • Bharatha Natyam–ancient classical dance form of India has existed for over 4000 years. Traditional Indian music and colorful costumes, sparkling jewelry, and specially woven ankle bells complement the performance of seven to nine dance pieces. Varies from 60-90 minutes. Cost: $750-$1500
  • Workshops offer an overview of Indian culture and heritage. Included are a short dance by the artist, basic exercises, dance steps to rhythm, moving to music, and the use of facial expressions, hand gestures, and folk/group dance movements to learn flexibility and coordination. Cost: $350-$500
    Residencies offer the workshop components, and students will learn one or two age-appropriate group dances. Residency ends with a public presentation. Cost: $250-$300/day

Fees
Above costs do not include travel, per diem, or accommodation expenses. Special rates are available for low-income organizations.

Audience
All ages

Requirements
Vary with performance space and contracted services


Donna Graham

Dancescape Ph 804-296-4986

P. O. Box 3801 E mail Dancescape@africana.com
Charlottesville VA 22903
www.MyDancescape.com

Background
Donna Graham has over 30 years of dance experience as: Director of Dancescape, school of dance and performance; a B.S. in Health and Physical Education, Virginia State University; 14 years as Artistic Director of Chihamba, Charlottesville based African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Junior and Senior companies; additional training with Chuck Davis, Assane Konte, Abdou Kounta, Babatunde Olatunji, Basori Bangoura, and others. Her knowledge of African dance, customs and traditions extends from pilgrimages and performances in Gambia, Senegal, and Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa. She toured for 6 years with the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory. She is currently on the Artist-in-Education Residency Artist Roster of the Virginia Commission for the Arts and available through Young Audiences of Virginia and Bluemont Concert Series. Donna Graham has given over 19 residencies and won many awards for her work in schools and central Virginia communities.

Program Offerings

  • Virginia Commission for the Arts Artists-in-Education Residency, Grades PK-12
  • Residencies include: African videos and slides; multi-discipline residency designed to integrate with all areas of curriculum; work with Core Group of students resulting in classroom and public performances; Classroom and Teacher Workshops; School Assembly; Studio Time.
  • Performances as a solo artist and duet with professional accompanist such as Ancestral Footprint and Darrell Rose.
  • African Dance Programs include educational presentations for schools, organizations, community festivals and international programs.

Fees

Artists-in-Education Residency – $165 per day (minimum 10 days) travel, lodging, and per diem
expenses are not included.
$500 – $1000 for performances and programs, travel and expenses not included.

Audiences
All ages

Technical Requirements

Access to a resilient dance area 20′ X 20′ for performance/lecture demonstration or
40′ X 60′ for workshop; P.A. system with one microphone with stand; dressing area,
2 folding chairs, fresh drinking water and/or juice and large table for workshops.


Jump

Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries
PO Box 3482
Charlottesville, VA 22903
434.970.2077
Ashley@charlottesvilleabundantlife.org

Background
Jump was founded in June of 2009. Classes began September 22, 2009 at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA. Christ Church still hosts Jump classes twice a week. Mission: To nurture the bodies, minds and hearts of 5th-8th grade students, and to help each child realize his or her potential and become an advocate for herself.

Audience
5th-8th grade students.


Anne Megibow

1603 Greenleaf Lane Ph 434-296-2070
Charlottesville VA 22903 E mail amegibow@hotmail.com

Background
Anne Megibow received her dance training at the Julliard School of Music, Preparatory Division, and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. As a founding member of the McGuffey Art Center, she has taught studio classes in her Creative Movement for Children as well as technique and choreography classes for teens and adults. Anne Megibow has taught Creative Movement at the Village School, residencies at Venable School and given Teacher In-Service Workshops, “Bringing Movement into the Classroom,” for Charlottesville Public Schools. Megibow has been an Adjunct Faculty member in Dance at Piedmont Virginia Community College for twenty-six years. She has been a Presenter for the following organizations: Journal of Curriculum Theory Conference, October 1991 and October 2000; A.E.R.A. Conference, April 2000; Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, two sessions. Anne Megibow has choreographed and performed for companies in Virginia, Iowa, and New York City.

Offerings

  • Workshops for classrooms or teachers
  • Master Classes for students
  • Dance Residency from 1 day to 3 weeks on Modern Dance Technique or Creative Movement
  • Teacher In-Service, “Bringing Movement into the Classroom
  • Performance in Modern Dance and Modern Dance and Language.

Fees
Fees vary according to the program, event, or performance. Call for details.

Audience
5 years to adult

Technical Requirements
Wood floor is preferred and a CD player is required.


Miki Liszt and Miki Liszt Dance Company

McGuffey Art Center
201 Second Street, NW
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Ph 434-973-3744
Fax 434-973-3744
www.mikilisztdance.org

Background
Miki Liszt Dance Company is a collaborative modern dance company based at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. Miki Liszt studied choreography with Bessie Schonberg at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Miss Schonberg was, until her death, Artistic Advisor to the Company. MLDC is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization incorporated in 1984 to support dance and dancers in Central Virginia. The Company has performed at DTW in New York, Dance Place in Washington, DC, Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, and many venues in Virginia.

Program Offerings

  • Movement to Enhance Curriculum K-12 classroom workshops
  • First Friday Dance Series first Fridays October-May, Studio #20 McGuffey Art Center, 7 p.m.
  • Ongoing dance classes for teens/adults, Studio #20, McGuffey Art Center
  • Max 10 Choreographer’s Showcase first weekend in June
  • Community Children’s Dance Festival showcase for regional dancers 8-18 years, April annually, MLK Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School.
  • Master classes

Fees
By request

Audience
All ages

Requirements
CD player or sound system. Splinter free wood floor for master classes only. Movement to Enhance Curriculum classes are taught in the individual classrooms.


Music


The African Drum Festival

113-B Appletree Rd. Ph 434-979-0469
Charlottesville VA 22903
Contact: Darrell Rose

Background
The Afrikan Drum Festival has performed in the Charlottesville area since October of 1990. Some performance sites have included the University of Virginia, St. Anne’s Belfield School, Tandem School, Western Albemarle High School, First Night Virginia, Benefit for Kosovo Refugees, Benefit for S.A.R.A., plus numerous private gatherings.

Program Offerings

  • School performances, workshops, and lecture demonstrations, Cost: $650-$800
  • Performances for Day Care centers, Senior Citizens and others, Cost: $350

Fees
See above

Audience
All ages

Requirements
3-5 microphones for larger audiences


Allodola

514 Rainbow Ridge Rd
Faber, VA 22938
Ph 434-361-0440
pianoforte@earthlink.net
www.wemakehange.org/

Contact: Connie Muscenti

Background
Allodola (Italian for “skylark”) is Central Virginia’s first and only traditional Italian folk band. Led by arranger and concertina player Connie Muscenti, Thomas McComas plays guitar and Colin Ramirez plays mandolin, flute and recorder. The group features the vanishing tradition of Italian village dances and songs as well as some better known Neapolitan repertoire. Tarantellas, mazurkas and waltzes are just some of the tunes played by “Allodola.” The group also plays such diverse musical styles as klezmer, international, folk, and classical.

Program Offerings

  • Concerts for all ages
  • International folk dance music

Fees
Average fee is $300 per hour

Audience

All ages

Requirements
Sound system, 4 microphones-if necessary, Allodola can provide them


Ash Lawn Opera Festival

111 Fourth St., NE Ph 434-293-4500
Charlottesville, VA 22902 Fax 434-293-0736

Contact: Judy Walker, General Director
E mail judy@ashlawn.org
www.ashlawnopera.org

Background
The Ash Lawn Opera Festival is celebrating its 26th year. All performances take place in the boxwood gardens of the home of our fifth President, James Monroe. Education and community outreach are top priority for the Festival season. Audiences of all ages are challenged, educated and entertained through a wide variety of innovative programs. Festival singers, orchestra members and production staff work with nationally recognized stage and music directors. A unique Apprentice Program provides selected college and graduate student singers with comprehensive educational and performance training.

Program Offerings

  • Artists-In-Residence Program — Introduces opera to 4th grade school students throughout Albemarle County and Charlottesville each spring.
  • Summer Kids Fest brings young people from Charlottesville and Albemarle County Recreation Departments to a dress rehearsal. Participatory activities introduce them to live professional performance.
  • Summer Seminar for Teachers — Regional music/classroom teachers attend classes and dress rehearsals to increase their knowledge of opera/musical theater and the potential interdisciplinary use in classrooms.
  • Two opera and one musical theater productions are presented in repertory, June – August. Education includes Pre-Performance Lecture Series by respected scholars and written Family Guides for productions.
  • Summer Saturdays, performances at 11 AM in July and August, introduce families to puppetry, drama, music and opera. Written programs encourage family discussions.
  • Music at Twilight presents six Wednesday evening concerts that celebrate music from a diverse array of genres, including Broadway, jazz, classical, country and folk.
  • Apprentice singers give free concerts for the public.

Fees
Varies by program. Free events include Summer Kids Fest, Summer Seminar for Teachers, and Artists-in-Residence Program and Apprentice Concerts.
A special reduced price for Youth Night is offered three times a season.

Audience
Ranges from children to adult, depending on the program


Kim & Jimbo Cary

784 Browns Hollow Lane
Massies Mill, VA 22967
Ph 434-277-8452
Fax 434-277-8452
www.artswire.org/~vacomm

E mail kimbo@lynchburg.net

Background
Selected as touring artists and artists-in-residence by the Virginia Commission for the Arts for over 10 years, Kim & Jimbo have devoted their lives to learning and performing folk music of our immigrant ancestors from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Native America. The Carys have performed at the Kennedy Center, the White House Easter event, Virginia Science Museum, and schools, libraries and festivals across the state.

Performances may include an Irish jig, Virginia hoedown, Mexican waltze, klezmer freilach, and West African dance rhythms in addition to Jimbo’s original songs about life in Virginia. Current program offerings are: Rhythms Round the World, Rhythms Round Virginia, Animal Friends, and Music of our Immmigrant Ancestors. Members of the audience often find themselves playing along with gourds, Middle Eastern drums, and West African agogo bells and hand drums from the Cary’s extensive collection of over 200 world percussion instruments.

Program Offerings

  • Two School Programs introduce instruments and demonstrate playing styles and techniques. Explanations given for instruments made from wood and animals also indicate they should be played with respect for and appreciation of the cultures that produced them. Audience participates in learning traditional rhythms.
  • Two-day Mini-Residency and Extended Residency — Kim and Jimbo work with administrators and teachers to design a schedule, establish facilities and space requirements, and develop programs that reinforce existing classroom and arts curricula. This involves history, music, dance, and making musical instruments. Student journals are prepared and public performances are held.
  • Family Concerts include performance and explanation of their collection of musical instruments and the songs and dances that cross American and international boundaries. It also includes traditional Appalachian banjo tunes as well as Jimbo’s compositions and repertoire from 7 recordings.

Fees

Some funding for schools and nonprofit organizations is available from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
School programs (2 or 3 on same day) $850
Mini-residency (2 day) $1500
Extended residency – from $650 per day
Family concert $850

Audience
All ages

Requirements
Vary with performance space


Charlottesville Municipal Band

PO Box 6563
Charlottesville VA 22902
434-295-9850

www.charlottesvillemunicipalband.org

Background
The Municipal Band of Charlottesville, Inc. was founded and organized in February, 1922 and has been in continuous operation ever since. The band has traveled extensively throughout the eastern seaboard playing concerts along the way. The band performs for 25,000 people in Central Virginia each year and has played for the inauguration of several Virginia governors and six United States Presidents. Other events include performances for the Queen of England during her visit to Charlottesville in 1976, Mikhail Gorbachev at Monticello in 1993, the Olympic Torch Ceremony at the University of Virginia in 1996 and the annual Naturalization Ceremonies at Monticello. An anonymous donation of $80,000 provided the impetus to raise funds for a permanent home for the band. The Municipal Arts Center is used for band rehearsals as well as a meeting and small performance space available to other arts groups and organizations in Central Virginia.

Program Offerings

  • Winter, spring, and out of town concerts are given.
  • 6 summer concerts are held in the Downtown Mall Amphitheater.
  • A concert is performed before the Naturalization Ceremonies at Monticello-July 4th each year.

Fees
None


Charlottesville Music Teachers’ Association

1213 Hazel St.
Charlottesville VA 22902
Phone 434.823.6612

Contact: Lisa Stogoski, Co-President

cmta@cvillemta.org

http://cvillemta.org/

Background
The Charlottesville Music Teachers’ Association exists to improve the quality of music instruction in the Charlottesville area and to support teachers in their professional development. The association, now in its twenty-ninth year of service to the community, sponsors monthly workshops for music teachers that include lectures, performance opportunities and master classes as well as various opportunities for their students. It provides a referral service to help place students with professional teachers. It serves as a common ground and network linking teachers from all parts of the musical community to each other and to the opportunities available in the area. It sponsors a variety of programs in the community to raise the level of awareness about private music instruction.

Program Offerings

  • Monthly programs for music teachers are offered on topics related to pedagogy, artistic development and studio business issues as well as offering performance opportunities for members.
  • Events for members’ students include student recitals, master classes, the annual Piano Concerto Performance Competition, and a non-competitive student festival.
  • A standardized testing program for theory, sight-reading, and instrumental skills is available to students of CMTA teachers.
  • A referral service gives prospective students information about member teachers in order to match students with the most appropriate teacher.

Fees

Fees for private instruction vary. Most public events are free.

Audience

All ages.


Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra

Charlottesville Symphony Society
P. O. Box 4206
Charlottesville VA 22905
Ph 434-924-6505
Fax 434-924-6033
Contact: Kate Tamarkin
orchestra@virginia.edu
www.virginia.edu/music

Background
The Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra concerts combine seventy music faculty, talented students and outstanding community members, under the guidance of professional principal players and conductor, Kate Tamarkin. Maestro Tamarkin presents a season that includes bold and beautiful works by legendary masters as well as the works of outstanding contemporary composers. Performances are held in the University of Virginia’s Cabell Hall.

Program Offerings

  • Five subscription concerts, Saturday night or Sunday afternoon, are offered per season.
  • Two holiday concerts each year in December
  • Annually, two Young People’s Concerts are presented to students of Charlottesville City and Albemarle County Schools.

Fees
Young People’s Concerts are free. Concerts $22 General Admission and $11 Students


Mike D’Antoni

4656 Briarwood Dr.
Charlottesville VA 22911
Ph 804-973-3446
E mail dantoni@cstone.net

Background
D’Antoni grew up playing in bands (dixieland, pop, oldies) in New Orleans, and he received his BA in Music Education at University of New Orleans. He has been teaching guitar, piano, banjo, violin and mandolin in Charlottesville for twelve years. In addition, he has been giving classes and music demonstrations in area schools for ten years.

Program Offerings

  • Introduction to Music includes active learning of high versus low notes, long/short notes and rests.
    Learning about Folk Instruments and Folk Songs includes demonstrations with a variety of instruments.
  • What Instrument Is This? Young children explore musical instruments by identifying specific string, wind, percussion or other instruments. They use their imagination to create playing these “air” instruments. Listening to recorded music, children identify the instruments and form imaginary “combos” to play a variety of musical samples.

Fees
$75 for up to 2 hours (more if travel outside of Charlottesville required)

Audience
Ages 3-6 or 6-12


Drum Call and Friends

580 Rio Road Ph 434-973-8792
Charlottesville VA 22901
Contact: William Whitten

Background
William Whitten founded the performance group, Drum Call, in 1989. His programs promote success and explore rhythms and music of traditional African instruments. Workshops and residencies for children’s groups and schools promote healthy lifestyles and positive self-concept through experiential learning- using drums as a metaphor for discovering balance in the rhythms of music and life. He is also a percussionist/vocalist with Afrikan Drum Festival. In 1996, William Whitten traveled with the United States Department of Defense Touring Entertainment Company to entertain military families in seven European countries. He has given workshops and performances at Western Albemarle High School, Charlottesville High School, and Albemarle High School and at St. Anne’s Belfield, Tandem School, Crossroads Waldorf School, and various elementary schools throughout Virginia and North Carolina, including Stone Robinson, Woodbrook, Stony Point and Clark. He has also Given Workshops and performances at Camp Holiday Trails, the Urban Arts Center of Portsmouth, the University of Virginia Nobel Peace Laureates’ Conference and at the Governor’s School, University of Richmond. His CD, Tribal Journeys, was recently released through the Monroe Institute.

Program Offerings

  • Residencies: Participants will develop cultural awareness by being exposed to the creative processes and skills involved in drumming. Small groups of students, parents and teachers work with the artist and learn basic West African drum rhythms. A small core group of students works with the artist more intensively through the year to prepare for a performance in the spring.
  • Workshops: One-day workshops will expose students to West African rhythms and culture.
    Performances are also offered.

Fees
Negotiable

Audience
Grades Pre-K – K, 1 – 5, 6 – 8, 9 – 12; Talented/Gifted; Physically/Learning Disabled

Technical Requirements
Room and chairs to accommodate 20 participants seated in a semicircle; videotaping equipment (camera, tripod, tapes, duplicating capabilities)


Jeffersonland Chorus

1409 Grove Road Ph 434-293-5558
Charlottesville VA 22901 E mail pearce@virginia.edu
Contact: Tom Pearce

Background
The Jeffersonland Chorus, formed in 1967, is a member of the International Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. The society was formed to save and present this form of American music to the public. Although the Barbershop Quartet is the essence of this type of music, the same four part harmony can be rendered by a chorus. The Jeffersonland Chorus has forty members and at any time can offer six different barbershop quartets: Free Bridge Four (over 25 years); Blue Ridge Connection (17 performances of “The Music Man” at Ash Lawn-Highland Summer Festival); Shenandoah; Virginia Creepers; Miles to Go; The Jeffersonland Quartet. Meetings are held every Monday, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. It is open to men and boys of all ages and good character who love to sing. The objective is to provide musical entertainment and education as well as a wholesome pastime for members.

Program Offerings

  • Sings at churches, schools, civic clubs, city council, nursing homes, hospitals, retirement homes, on radio and TV programs, charitable fundraisers, and award ceremonies.
  • The chorus designs interactive in-school programs (elementary grades and above) about the nature, style and performance of this uniquely American music genre to complement American history and literature.
  • Annual February 14th Singing Valentines! delivered by quartets around the city and surrounding counties to special people. Contact George Gratton, ph 434-973-2708 or E mail ggg1933@aol.com
  • Annual Festival of Barbershop Harmony Concert is held every spring.

Fees
Admission or donations vary according to the event.

Audiences

All ages.


Robert Jospé, Inner Rhythm & The World Beat Workshop

1174 Rosebrook Road
Stanardsville VA 22973
Ph 434-985-3362

Fax 434-985-4968
www.robertjospe.com
E mail rjospe@aol.com

Background
Jazz drummer, percussionist and composer, Robert Jospe is a master of calypso, salsa, fusion and contemporary styles. He studied and worked in New York City for twelve years with some of the greatest names in jazz – Michael Brecker, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones and Joe Henderson. Jospe is on the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music and a member of the Free Bridge Quintet, a jazz faculty ensemble. Jospe, Inner Rhythm & The World Beat Workshop are members of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory.

Program Offerings

  • The “Inner Rhythm” quintet presents high energy, contemporary jazz featuring Robert Jospé on drum set and percussion and the ensemble players on keyboard, percussion, bass and horn. Their concert repertoire includes original compositions with roots in jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban and contemporary fusion styles and jazz classics by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and other jazz legends.
  • “The World Beat Workshop,” with Robert Jospé and percussionist Kevin Davis, examines the influence of African culture on dance music in North, Central and South America. Workshops include lecture, work with core group, demonstration and group participation. Participants explore dance rhythms of these regions as well as the rhythmic structures of swing, salsa, mambo, calypso, reggae, merengue, samba and bossa nova. The historical and cultural contexts of the dances are discussed. Grades 1-12.
  • Master classes offer an in-depth look at dance traditions and their musical structure.

Fees
Concert $3,000
Lecture/Demonstration Workshop $600
Special rates are available for schools

Audience
Concerts and Workshops all ages, Master classes – Students grades 9 – 12

Technical Requirements
Appropriate lighting systems.


Phyllis Koch-Sheras

211 W. Main St.
Charlottesville VA 22902
Ph 434-971-4701

Fax 434-971-4701
Email sherfam@aol.com

Background
Phyllis Koch-Sheras began her musical training in opera at age nine and performed with the Lyric Opera Co., of Chicago. Her training and performances have continued in opera, Gilbert and Sullivan, Broadway and Jewish music. She has performed locally with the Opera Society, Four County Players, Live Arts, First Night, Act One, Ash Lawn-Highland Summer Festival and for various organizational benefits.

Program Offerings
Programs offered on opera, Broadway songs, and Jewish music.

Fees

Ranging from free benefit to $500

Audience
Age 10 and up

Requirements
Piano needed


Barbara Martin

909 Clemmer Lane
Staunton, VA 24401
Ph 540-886-2966Fax 540-886-0045
www.barbaramartinmusic.com
E mail barbaram@cfw.com

Background
Barbara Martin is a singer/songwriter who blends folk, blues, and jazz in her music. She has toured extensively from Nashville to New England for ten years, and has released three recordings that have received national critical acclaim. In the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory, she performed in the Barbara Martin Trio with seasoned veterans, Mac Walter, performing for 30 years with major artists and Steve Wolf, touring the United States and Europe for 25 years. As members of the Artists-in-Education Residency Program Artist Roster of Virginia Commission for the Arts, their residency materials are related to English, mathematics and history SOLs.

Program Offerings

  • A Day of Workshops with Barbara Martin Trio offers an evening concert and choice of 4 workshops: jazz, blues and folk acoustic and bass guitar playing, songwriting, and introduction to booking and promotion for musicians who want to perform publicly. Grades 9 – 12
  • From Ragtime to Rock and Roll — participate by clapping and singing along to exploration of two centuries of the American journey from spirituals to folk to blues and jazz. Grades K – 8
  • Jivin’ Jazz and Blues-Explore blues from their birth in the Mississippi delta, 1890′s, to emergence of jazz during the Harlem Renaissance, 1930′s. Discover improvisation of jazz, feelings expressed about daily life through the blues, and music of Duke Ellington, Josh White and others. Grades K – 6
  • Women in Blues-Insight into the lives, times and influences of American women blues artists from the 1920s through the 1950s. Focus is on Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace and Billie Holiday. Ideal for Women’s History Month and music appreciation classes. Grades 7 – 12 and adults
  • Additional residencies offered in songwriting, vocal coaching, guitar, bass, and jazz improvisation.
  • Concerts of the Barbara Martin Trio combine her original compositions with classic blues from the 1920′s and early traditional jazz. Grades 9 – 12 and adults

Fees

From Ragtime to Rock and Roll, Jivin’ Jazz and Blues–$250/program or $200 each for multiples
Women in Blues–$800/program or $600 each for multiples
Workshop–$200 or $150 for multiples
One-week residency–$1500/solo or $4000/trio; one day residency–$500/solo or $1000/trio

Audience

Kindergarten through adult as listed

Requirements
Electrical outlet, 10′× 10′ space, two armless chairs


John McCutcheon

c/o Agency-Music Tree Artist Management
1414 Pennsylvania Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15233
Ph 412-323-2707
Fax 412-323-1817
E mail tradfolk@music-tree.com
www.folkmusic.com

Background

John McCutcheon has appeared around the world, delighting audiences of families and adults with exceptional musicianship, mind-boggling versatility, humor, insight, and consummate performance skills.
Whether playing at Lincoln Center in New York, at the Kirov Ballet Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, a folk festival in Vancouver, with a symphony on the Kansas plains or in a schoolhouse in Virginia, audiences know they are part of something special. With more than 25 albums, 5 Grammy nominations, raves from critics around the globe and a world of wonder in his songs, John is one the most respected and loved folksingers in America. He has supported grassroots community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and UNICEF. John has lectured and taught workshops in preschool through college and in formal or informal settings. He has been a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory for many years.

Program Offerings

  • Complete descriptions and requirements are available on request:
  • Family/children’s concerts, master classes in songwriting and musicianship;
  • Hammer Dulcimer – a master class with one of the world’s foremost virtuosos on this instrument;
  • Songwriting – hands-on experience for children or adults, master class available;
  • Crossing (Out) the Line: A New Look at Family/Children’s Music-lecture about creating and presenting music that respects children and includes adults;
  • Waging Peace: Nonviolence and Peace Studies in our Schools-lecture on one of the most challenging and important issues of our time.

Fees
$1500-school show
$2500-community concert
Additional fees on request

Audience
All ages

Requirements

Six channel professional sound system with operator


McIntire Department of Music, University of Virginia

Individual organizations are listed below and usually appear at Cabell Hall,
Cabell Hall Box Office 804-924-3984 for information and tickets.


Free Bridge Jazz Quintet

McIntire Department of Music
P. O. Box 400176
Charlottesville VA 22904-4176
Ph 434-924-3052
Fax 434-924-6033
Contact: John D’Earth and Pete Spaar
E mail jed6p@virginia.edu

ps4a@virginia.edu
www.virginia.edu/music

Background
The Free Bridge Jazz Quintet is the jazz performance faculty quintet at the University of Virginia. The ensemble performs masterpieces both by renowned artists such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonius Monk and by members of the group.

Program Offerings

  • The Free Bridge Quintet performs at U. Va. once per semester and around Charlottesville.
  • School outreach is offered.

Fees
Concerts $10 General Admission and $5 Students


Lunchbox Recitals

McIntire Department of Music

P. O. Box 400176
Charlottesville VA 22904
Fax 434-924-6033
Ph 434-324-3052
Contact: Marcy Day
E mail music@virginia.edu
www.virginia.edu/music

Background

These recitals provide an opportunity for the students of U. Va. artist faculty members to perform for the larger University and Charlottesville community. This year they will be held in Cabell Hall classrooms.

Program Offerings
Lunchbox Recitals occur several times each semester during the academic year. Teachers should call ahead to bring a class to the recitals. All ages are invited. Please consult the website listed above to determine the dates, times and locations of the recitals.

Fee
Free


McIntire Chamber Music Series: Albemarle Ensemble and Rivanna String Quartet

McIntire Department of Music
P. O. Box 400176
Charlottesville VA 22904
Ph 434-924-3052
Fax 434-924-6033
Contact: Nancy Garlick, MCMS Artistic Director
E mail garlick@virginia.edu

www.virginia.edu/music

Background
The Albemarle Ensemble has been in residence at the University of Virginia since 1987. A wind and piano sextet, the group has performed throughout the eastern United States. The five Ensemble members serve as orchestra principals, studio instructors and coaches of chamber music at the University of Virginia. They received a Virginia Arts Grant for educational programs and several other grants for recording and touring projects. The Ensemble can be heard on the CD “American Camerata Performs” and “Harlequinade, Wind Music” by Walter Ross.

Formed by the string principals of the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra, the Rivanna String Quartet performs traditional and contemporary string quartet literature. Three members of the Rivanna String Quartet serve as orchestra principals, studio instructors, and coaches of chamber music at the University of Virginia. The players plan to present lecture/demonstrations in schools and other venues to promote interest in chamber music.

Program Offerings

  • The Albemarle Ensemble and the Rivanna String Quartet each perform three concerts a year in Cabell Hall.
  • For lecture/demonstrations in schools and other venues, contact Nancy Garlick.

Fees
Concerts $10 General Admission Adults and $5 Students. Admission is free for high school students.


McIntire Chamber Music Series: The Guild Trio

McIntire Department of Music
P. O. Box 400176
Charlottesville VA 22904
Contact: George Francois
Ph 434-924-3052
Fax 434-924-6033

E mail gsfrancois@yahoo.com
www.virginia.edu/music

Background
The Guild Trio, formed at SUNY-Stony Brook, was awarded the position of Trio-in-Residence
at the University of Virginia in 1996. It has performed internationally, across the United States and is frequently featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” The Guild Trio is a winner of the “USIA Artistic Ambassador” and the “Chamber Music Yellow Springs” competitions. Members have also served as resident trio at the Tanglewood Music Festival. The Guild Trio members teach private lessons and coach chamber music at the University of Virginia.

Program Offerings

  • The Guild Trio performs several concerts per year in Charlottesville.
  • They offer an annual Summer Camp for students in the Municipal Arts Center.

Fees
Concerts $10 General Admission and $5 Students. Free for high school students.


The University of Virginia African Drumming and Dance

McIntire Department of Music
P.O. Box 400176
Charlottesville VA 22904
Ph 434-924-3052
Fax 434-924-6033

Contact: Michelle Kisliuk
E mail mk6k@virginia.edu

Background
The chorus, dancers and drummers focus on music and dance forms from Western Africa (Ghana and Togo) and Central Africa (BaAka pygmies).

Program Offerings

  • Two concerts are performed per year.
  • School outreach programs are offered.

Fees
Concerts General Admission and Students $5


University of Virginia Jazz Ensemble

McIntire Department of Music

P. O. Box 400176
Charlottesville VA 22904
Ph 434-924-3052
Fax 434-924-6033
Contact: John D’Earth, Director
E mail jed6p@virginia.edu
www.virginia.edu/music

Background
Led by internationally recognized jazz trumpeter/composer John D’Earth, the Jazz Ensemble is a full-sized jazz big band. The focus includes “head arrangements” group improvisation, world music and original compositions from within the band, along with music ranging from swing to bop to fusion. Players gain valuable experience in ensemble playing and in the art of solo improvisation. They participate in jazz workshops held by such major figures as Michael Brecker, John Abercrombi, Dave Leibman, Bob Moses, Clark Terry and Joe Henderson.

Program Offerings

  • The Jazz Ensemble performs three concerts per year, one with a nationally recognized guest artist.
  • The Jazz Ensemble performs at events within the community and will work with schools. Please contact John D’Earth for more information.

Fees
Concerts $10 General Admission and $8 Students


The University of Virginia Early Music Ensemble

McIntire Department of Music
P. O. Box 400176
Charlottesville VA 22904
Ph 434-924-3052
Fax 434-924-6033
Contact: Paul Walker, Director
E mail pmw6q@virginia.edu

www.virginia.edu/music

Background
The Early Music Ensemble, conducted by Paul Walker, offers students and community members the rare opportunity to learn to play Renaissance or Baroque instruments and to perform works by composers such as J. S. Bach. Their extensive instrument collection includes early strings (gambas and Baroque strings), woodwinds (recorders, crumhorns, sackbuts and cornettos) and keyboard (harpsichord and chamber organ). Vocalists learn to sing madrigals, motets, Gregorian Chants and other music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Programs Offerings
The Early Music Ensemble performs one concert per semester. Membership is open to community members and University students.
School outreach programs are offered.

Fees

Concerts $6 General Admission and $4 Students


University of Virginia Opera Workshop

McIntire Department of Music
P. O. Box 400176
Charlottesville VA 22904
Ph 434-984-4945

Fax 434-924-6033
E mail operafest@aol.com

Background
The Opera Workshop offers opportunity to develop vocal technique and stage manners suitable to the musical/operatic theatre. Singers participate in two concerts a year that include selected scenes from a vast spectrum of repertoire. Enrollment is open by audition to both students and community members.

Program Offerings

  • The Opera Workshop performs two concerts a year and a Gala evening, “Dinner at the Opera.”
  • Outreach programs are available for schools and retirement homes.

Fees
Concerts $10 General Admission and $5 Students


University of Virginia Wind Ensemble

McIntire Department of Music

P. O. Box 400176
Charlottesville VA 22904-4176
Phone: 434-924-3052
Fax: 434-924-6033
Contact: William Pease, Director of Bands
pease@virginia.edu
Phone: 434-982-5347
www.virginia.edu/music

Background
The University of Virginia Wind Ensemble is an 45-member student ensemble under the direction of faculty member, William Pease and assisted by Associate Director of Bands Andrew Koch and Assistant Athletic Bands Director, Michael Idzior. The group performs challenging literature composed by the masters of modern band performance. The Wind Ensemble also focuses on original repertoire for the wind medium.

Program Offerings

  • The Wind Ensemble performs two concert per semester.
  • Outreach programs are offered to schools.

Fees
Concerts $10 General Admission and $5 Students


University Singers

McIntire Department of Music Ph 434-924-3052
P. O. Box 400176 Fax 434-924-6033
Charlottesville VA 22904 E mail mk8d@virginia,edu
Contact: Marika Kuzma, Music Director www.virginia.edu/music

Background
With great esprit de corps, eighty men and women perform great music. The group’s repertoire includes Brahm’s Requiem, Rutter’s Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana and favorite a cappella pieces. The group performs in Charlottesville and across the country.

Program Offerings
University Singers perform two concerts per year and also perform in the University of Virginia Choral Showcase.

Fees

Concerts $10 General Admission and $5 Students


The Music Resource Center

P.O. Box E Ph 434-979-5478
( 105 Ridge St.) 434-979-5008
Charlottesville VA 22903 Fax 434-979-5585
E mail studios@adelphia.net

Background
In 1995 Jonathan Hornsby and other area musicians founded The Music Resource Center. This Center gives 7th – 12th grade students access to six music studios where they can write and play music, take lessons and make recordings. Rock, Rap, R & B and other forms of popular music are the most commonly heard at the Center. Members have access to all instruments, equipment and training by three professional musicians/mentors. No experience is necessary.

Program Offerings
The Music Resource Center is open Monday – Friday from 2:30 – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. During the summer it is open Monday – Friday from 1 – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m.

  • Lessons and Professional Skills Demonstrations
  • Music Production and Song Writing Classes
  • CD Recording Projects
  • Jam Sessions; Hip-Hop Challenges; Quarterly Talent Shows
  • Field Trips and more!

Fees
Annual membership (7th – 12th grades) is $5, lessons for “regulars,” $5 and lessons for “non-regulars,” $65 for eight lessons. Other fees vary, call for information.


Stephanie Nakasian & Hod O’Brien

P.O. Box 169 Ph 540-456-4519
Greenwood VA 22943 Fax 540-456-6480
www.marsjazz.com E mail nakasian@virginia.edu

Background
Nakasian & O’Brien, formerly based in New York and now residing in Virginia, perform jazz as a duo and with larger ensembles. After Stephanie Nakasian toured internationally in the mid-1980′s with Jon Hendricks, she began a successful solo career. She has been heard on National Public Radio’s “Riverwalk” and has collaborated with her husband, pianist Hod O’Brien, on five acclaimed CD’s. Nakasian teaches jazz voice and vocal jazz improvisation at University of Virginia and The College of William & Mary. She is the author of the Jazz Manual “It’s not on the Page” which she will present at 10 State Music Education conventions. Hod O’Brien, whose recording career spans four decades, is a highly praised jazz and bebop purist. He has accompanied jazz luminaries Chet Baker, Stan Getz and Frank Morgan. Nakasian and O’Brien are members of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory and are available to lead workshops and perform as a duo, quartet or larger ensemble.

Program Offerings

  • Nakasian Improvisation Workshops – “blues, scat, jazz”; Choral Workshops for Teachers and Students in Jazz Rhythm; and Vocal Workshops.
  • O’Brien teaches Piano and Improvisation Workshops; O’Brien/Nakasian Workshop for Instrumentalists & Singers.
  • Duo Concert, Quartet Concert (bass & drums); O’Brien Solo Piano Concert; O’Brien Piano Trio Concert, or quartet concerts. Repertoire: “The Great American Songbook” of Porter, Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Jobim and others; Theme Concerts include “Ellington Centennial,” “The Great Ladies of American Song,” and “The New Millennium – The Jazz Centennial, 1900 – 2000.”

Fees
range from $350-$600 (workshops) and $750-$1200 (concerts).

Audience
All ages.

Technical Requirements
Stage with an appropriate lighting system.


Oratorio Society

P.O. Box 5073
Charlottesville, VA 22905-5073
(434)295-4385
E mail oratoriosociety@earthlink.net

Background
The Oratorio Society of Charlottesville/Albemarle was founded in 1967. This community chorus of 70-80 singers present choral masterworks to audiences in Charlottesville and surrounding areas. Auditions are held in the fall for membership. The chorus rehearses on Monday nights. A typical season includes three major concerts in Old Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia. The chorus also has a Summer Sing in June of each year at the Municipal Arts Center. L. Thomas Vining is the Conductor and Donald Loach is Conductor Emeritus.

Program Offerings

  • Participation in the chorus for high school students and adults is by audition.
  • A late winter concert and a spring concert are presented in Cabell Hall Auditorium.
    Community is invited to join the Oratorio chorus in a Summer Sing of Mozart’s Requiem.

Fees
Call for updated ticket fees.
Participation fee for singers is $100 per year for dues and music.

Audience
14 years and older.


Darrell Rose

113-B Appletree Rd. Ph 804-979-0469
Charlottesville VA 22903

Background
Since 1974, Darrell Rose has performed his percussive magic across the United States, Canada, and Europe as a featured soloist, in ensemble with his Afrikan Drum Festival and with numerous traditional dance companies. He plays a wide array of instruments including djembe, sabar, berimbau, ashiko, and talking drum. He has been teaching since 1982, and has performed in elementary and middle schools throughout Central, Northern and Tidewater Virginia. Since 1990, he has been teaching drumming, rhythms, and their historic context. He is a member of the Artist-in-Education Residency Program Artist Roster of the Virginia Commission of the Arts

Program Offerings

  • Percussion Workshops, Cost: $250.
  • African Drumming Workshops, Cost: $250.
  • Lecture demonstrations, Cost: $400.
  • Virginia Commission for the Arts Artist-in-Education Residency components include: the importance of courtesy, manners and respect for self/others; drumming techniques and student application; formulation of rhythms from Afrikan techniques; workshops for teachers and strategies for integration into other curriculum; public performances. Cost: $65-$200/day.

Fees
See above

Audience
All ages


Skyline Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International

4424 Constitution Highway. Ph 540-832-7059
Barboursville, VA 22923 E mail singgram@aol.com
Contact: Joyce P. Darnell

Background
The Skyline Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International offers barbershop harmony singing for women of all ages. Educational opportunities are available to all, including high school students.

Program Offerings

  • Organization will do programs in high schools.
  • There are seasonal workshops and an annual competition.
  • Music education is offered by an international faculty.

Fees
Membership includes local and international dues.

Audience
All ages


Tuesday Evening Concert Series

Suite 208,108 Fifth St., SE
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Office434-244-9505, Fax 434-244-9510
Box Office 434-924-3984
www.tecs.org
Contact: Karen Pellon

Background

The Tuesday Evening Concert Series, non-profit organization, has been presenting concerts by world-renowned chamber music artists for audiences of Central Virginia since 1948. In 1995 the Series embarked on a commitment to provide school children throughout the region with concerts (lecture/demonstration) by some of these artists, totally free of charge. These events provide an important educational and cultural classical music component to young people’s experience. The concerts give students exposure to world-class musicians who care about developing an appreciation and understanding of music through live performance and discussion geared to student grade levels.

Program Offerings

  • Tuesday Evening Concert Series, Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia. Call for ticket information.
  • Several lectures and demonstrations for school students by visiting chamber music artists are offered.
  • Invitations are issued to public and independent schools in the following areas: City of Charlottesville, the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Nelson, and Louisa, and the Kluge Rehabilitation Center. Contact the Series office for information about facilitating school participation.

Fees
Call for updated fees.
Lecture/demonstration programs are free of charge to regional schools.

Audience
Concerts are for all ages. Lectures/demonstrations vary from elementary through high school.


The Virginia Consort Youth Chorale

The Virginia Consort Ph 434-979-1565
1658 Brandywine Drive
Charlottesville VA 22901
consort2@aol.com
www.virginiaconsort.org
Contact: Aina Arnold, Manager

Background
The Youth Chorale is a choral organization formed under the auspices of The Virginia Consort, a 35-member adult chorus. The Youth Chorale is composed of three choruses: a training choir for ages 8-13, a treble choir for ages 10-high school, and a high school choir which includes all high school girls from the treble choir plus boys whose voices have changed. The training chorus is directed by Donna Rehorn.

The treble and high school choruses are directed by the Virginia Consort Music Director, Judith Gary.
As an auditioned chorus, the treble and high school singers must demonstrate musical aptitude and the ability to sight-read. The Virginia Consort was formed in 1990 by a group of experienced singers under the direction of Judith Gary. They offer a full season of concerts, including a mid-season performance of a major work with an expanded chorus, professional soloists, and full orchestra. The group has performed at the White House and the World Bank in D.C., in many artists’ series and has provided Background music for television.

Program Offerings

  • Virginia Consort Season: August Annual Sing-In; December Christmas with the Consort
  • Mid-Winter Masterpiece Concert; May A Little May Music.
  • The Virginia Consort Youth Chorale — Young people may audition for three choirs, depending on age. The choirs participate in each of the four concerts performed by the Virginia Consort.
  • High school seniors may perform with adult choir.

Fees
Individual tickets sold for each concert $12, $8. Virginia Consort Youth Chorale, $65/semester, includes CDs from each performance in which the child participates.

Audience

Ages 8 and up


Wednesday Music Club

Contact: Barbara Moore, President
434-293-9234

Background
The purpose of the Wednesday Music Club is to share musical culture with persons of similar interests, to provide opportunities for members and guests of the Club to perform, and to support and encourage young people in the community in their pursuit of music. Eight friends who wished to share their music with each other founded it in 1923. At first, all members were musicians and performed either separately or with other members at monthly meetings. As the club grew, programs of outreach were instituted to encourage and help young musicians. The membership and programs of outreach have grown far beyond the imagination of the founding members! Meetings are usually held at the Kappa Sigma Auditorium on the first Wednesday of the month.

Program Offerings

  • Four Young Musicians Recitals are scheduled throughout the year.
  • Scholarship Competitions, judged by professional musicians, are held each spring for young music students.
  • Marion Horween Chase General Scholarship Fund provides private music studies.
    Peggy Romer Camp Scholarship Fund provides a grant for summer music camp for further music study.
  • Allison Phillips Hamilton Tuition Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to needy students for private music study.
  • Ursulla R. Konigsberg Fund provides financial assistance to needy students for private music study.
  • Eleanor Gray Shea Senior Scholarship Fund provides a monetary grant to high school seniors for further musical study based on competition performance.
  • Monthly meetings, October through May, feature a musical program, and adult recital is held in April.

Fees
Annual dues are $15 and voluntary contributions are made to scholarship funds.
Free recitals are open to the public.

Audience
All ages


Westminster Organ Concert Series

Westminster Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 3365, 190 Rugby Rd.
Charlottesville VA 22903

Ph 434-963-4690
music@westminsterva.org

http://avenue.org/organconcerts

Contact: Jonathan Schakel, Minister of Music

Background
Westminster Presbyterian Church established its Organ Concert Series to share the Taylor and Boody tracker-action pipe organ with the community. The Series aims to offer a variety of organ literature and to present the organ in combination with other instruments and singers in a concert venue.

Program Offerings

  • Five concerts are offered each year.
  • Groups are welcome to contact Jonathan Schakel for a hands-on introduction to the Taylor & Boody pipe organ.

Fees
Concerts are free.

Audience
All ages: “concert-quiet” readiness for concerts. Sanctuary is handicap accessible. Ample parking is behind the building.


Peggy Weston

www.westonproductions.com
pweston@westonproductions.com

Song Studio, Louisa, VA 23093
540.967.2462
540.845.9700

Background
Peggy Weston is an accomplished performing artist with international credits. She has experience singing a variety of genres, and particularly enjoys the expressive freedom within jazz and rhythm and blues. Peggy studied music and theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University, and in Washington, DC with Jane White. She received her BA in Business Management with a focus on Arts Management from Union State & University, Vermont College. Her business, Weston World Productions, LLC, provides consultant services in arts administration and arts education programming. Peggy is a vocalist, arts educator, arts advocate, actress, and freelance writer.

Program Offerings

Instruction in:
*Vocal Presentation for singers, actors, speakers, teachers, professionals.
*Vocal techniques, tools for creating strong, confident presentations.

Audience
Ages 8 to Adults – individual lessons, or music groups at on-site rehearsals.

Location

Song Studio, Louisa, or at your on-site educational/performance venue.

Fees
varies with individual and group lessons.


Robin and Linda Williams

Artist Representative: George Balderose
1414 Pennsylvania Avenue

PIttsburgh PA 15233
Ph 412-323-2707
Fax 412-323-1817
E mail TradFolk@music-tree.com
www.robinandlinda.com

Background
Robin and Linda Williams are outstanding contemporary artists with musical sensibilities rooted in the traditions of country music. Having produced 18 albums and toured coast to coast for nearly three decades, their repertoire includes original songs and songs gleaned from the rich musical heritage that embraces Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, and spans the idioms of country gospel and bluegrass music. Concerts showcase Robin and Linda’s exquisite harmonies, as well as supporting bass and vocal by Jim Watson, and a mandolin or dobro expert to round out The Fine Group. Robin and Linda are prolific songwriters whose songs have been performed or recorded by an impressive roster of artists including Tom T. Hall, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Emmylou Harris. Robin and Linda Williams are audience favorites on Garrison Keillor’s popular radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion” and were featured artists in the movie of the same name, directed by Robert Altman. They have been members of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory for many years.

Program Offerings

  • “Concerts” generally consis of two 45-minute sets with an intermission. Their concerts feature harmony vocals accompanied by acoustic guitars, banjo, bass, and mandolin or dobro. Programs encompass the genres of classic country, gospel music and blues. They can add original songs including some from their musical “Stonewall Country,” written for the Theater at Lime Kiln in Lexington, Virginia.
  • “Residencies” generally consist of an afternoon or morning concert or music-oriented workshop from 45-60 minutes, followed by an evening concert of two 45 minute sets with an intermission.

Fees
Concerts : $3,000-3,500
Residencies: $4,500.

Audience
All ages.

Technical Requirements

Professional quality sound system.


Youth Orchestra of Charlottesville-Albemarle

P.O. Box 4845 Ph 434-974-7776
Charlottesville VA 22905

Background

The Youth Orchestra of Charlottesville-Albemarle was founded in 1979. As the only organization offering young people the experience of playing in a full symphony, YOCA plays a vital role in arts education in this community and has made an indelible mark on hundreds of young people who have participated in rehearsals and concerts. Students are taught about diligence, planning and discipline – training that builds the foundation for future success in many fields. YOCA is comprised of two full orchestras, each with more than 40 members, a junior strings program and two flute chairs and a brass ensemble. The Youth Orchestra is made up principally of high school age musicians. The Rita M. Evans Orchestra is for less experienced musicians. Junior Strings is a preparatory orchestra for advanced beginner string players. Acceptance is by auditions held in early June. There are no residence location requirements. Scholarships and financial assistance are offered to assure this opportunity is available to all.

Program Offerings

  • Rehearsals held once a week.
  • 3 or 4 concerts each year include:
  • Fall — The Youth Orchestra, The Brass Ensemble & the Evans Orchestra Concert;
  • February — The Youth Orchestra Concerto Concert;
  • May — The Youth Orchestra and The Evans Orchestra have separate concerts.
    The fall Martha Dugan Concerto Competition is open to any area instrumentalist up to 18 years old.

Fees
$220/year tuition.

Audience
Ages 8-Adult.


Storytelling


Earth Drama

4545 Mill Run Lane Ph 804-973-2387
Earlysville, VA 22936 Fax 804-973-2387
Contact: Mecca Burns & Brad Stoller E mail earthdrama@cstone.net

Background

Earth Drama, a combination of Native American stories, Interactive Theatre, and Environmental Education, grew out of Burns’s and Stoller’s shared love for indigenous stories, interactive theatre, and the natural environment. Burns, a registered drama therapist, and Stoller, a playwright in the University of Virginia’s Masters of Fine Arts program, began to create theatre together a decade ago when Stoller was a professional dancer and Burns was a musician and songwriter. Children discover their own innate relatedness to nature in a playful, positive way. Through interactive theatre tools, costumes, physical stunts, humor and dance, children engage in the challenging issues of today: population growth, environmental quality, respecting diversity, and how to work with nature rather than against it.

Program Offerings

  • Earth Drama-performances and workshops for young people involving Native American stories, Interactive Theatre and Environmental Education.
  • Activision-Leadership games (workshop), Environmental Theater (retreat), Forum Theater (interactive performance), and Living Newspaper (residency).
  • Original One-Acts-”Flight,” “Cry Man,” and “The Frogs,” conceived and performed by Stoller and Burns.

Fees
Fees range from $175-$475, depending on program, location, and special circumstances.

Audience
Preschool to adult

Requirements
Living Newspaper projects are enhanced by lighting, sound system, slide and/or film projector, and Internet access for research.


Kathy Coleman, Appalachian Storyteller

7404 Plank Road Ph 540-456-6884
Afton, VA 22920 E mail colemana@cstone.net

Background
Kathy Coleman is a storyteller and Appalachian Folkways preserver. She uses mountain
folktoys, quilts, and tunes to blend with her tales of life in the Southern Appalachians.

She was born and raised in the far coal fields of Wise County, Virginia, and uses her family as
a source for folklore collections. She has toured since 1985 and has appeared at many public
festivals and in schools and libraries. She has been with Young Audiences of Virginia for
3 years. Kathy Coleman represented the South East Region at the National Storytelling
Festival ’92 and Conference’ 2000.

Program Offerings

  • Residency on Appalachian Folklore and oral history collecting is especially geared
    to elementary, middle or high school level.
  • Tour programs: Appalachian Tales and Tunes; Patchwork Tales with quilts;
  • Voices of Virginia is about Virginia history.
  • Young Audiences of Virginia (assemblies for 300 children) programs are available for 1 hour to 1 week residencies.

Fees
$200 — $500 plus expenses.

Audience
Pre-school to senior citizen.

Requirements
Microphone, stand or cordless, small table, and an intimate setting preferred.


Brenda Burrough Gresham

715 Orangedale Avenue Ph 434-295-0084
Charlottesville, VA 22903 E mail bagwriter@yahoo.com
1700 West Rose Garden Road Ph 434-769-2376
West Point, VA 23181

Background
Brenda Gresham, The Lady of Fables, has been involved with oral history, poetry, creative writing and storytelling since 1990. Her stories are rich with the influence of African-American and Caribbean traditions. She has been a presenter at the Smithsonian Institute and National Conference of Negro Women; Section Eight Housing in Richmond; Barrett Day Care Center; Charlottesville African-American Cultural Arts Festival; Virginia Festival of the Book; National Story League Conference; Virginia high schools; Richmond, Henrico County, Petersburg and Jefferson Madison Regional libraries. She is Editor of “Inspiration” Literary Magazine produced by Region Ten’s Blue Ridge House.

Program Offerings

Storytelling Programs:

  • Trickster Tales, based on African, African-American, Native American and her original animal tales focus on life skills. Surprise boxes and bags!
  • Carter’s Town and other Family Stories, about the Carter family in the 1930′s to present. Teaching how to find family histories!
  • African Kings and Queens!
  • Same Tribe: stories of Africa, Native America, Latin America, or the Caribbean.

Workshops:

  • Looking at Oral Traditions; Comparing Folklore of Native Americans, African and African-Americans;
  • Porch Buddies – Storytelling Fun Club includes work book;
  • Dove Group/ Bubbles Group – Anti-drug, anti-violence storytelling and creative workshop.

Fees
Negotiable. $100 for schools.

Audience
Children, youth, families and the elderly.

Technical Requirements
Microphone for stage or performance area.


Peter Jones

Tell Us a Tale Ph 434-978-3603
P.O. Box 7344 Fax 434-978-4935

Charlottesville, VA 22906-7344 E mail peter@tellusatale.com
www.tellusatale.com

Background
Peter Jones has been working in different performing arts for more than fifteen years. He is recognized for his improvisational skills, myriad voice and character work, storytelling, and both stage and comedic radio mysteries. He is the host of a syndicated children’s radio program, Tell Us a Tale, heard locally on WTJU 91.1 FM every Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Peter has been involved in storytelling around the Charlottesville area since 1996, and he has a recording studio where he produces the show for different stations around the United States, and puts together cds of original stories for listeners around the globe.

Program Offerings

  • Storytelling/Reading and Comedic Mystery Story Production geared towards classroom readings and lessons.
  • Children’s Radio Show Production
  • Classes may be invited to participate in the weekly children’s radio show.

Fees
· Storytelling/Reading (45 minutes to an hour)–$250-$300 (discounts for schools, libraries, non-profit organizations).
· Comedic Mystery Story Production (available upon request).

Audience
Tell Us a Tale Radio Show (WTJU 91.1 FM)-All Ages

Storytelling/Reading-Ages 3-12 years
Comedic Mystery Production-Grades 3-6
Radio Show Production-Grades 3-7

Requirements
Small open space to perform and a quiet area for recording


Elaine R. Mac Leod, Ph. D.

Bridgewater College Ph 540-828-5491
Flory Hall 300 Email emacleod@bridgewater.edu
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Background
Elaine Mac Leod, a professor of literacy education at Bridgewater College is a storyteller with more than two decades of experience in sharing talks from around the world including folklore, myths, and legends. Mac Leod is a versatile performer, teacher and coach of the art of oral tradition who is equally at home with school groups, young adults, family gatherings and adult settings.
As Mac Leod states: “People are once again realizing the power of the spoken word and the value of the use of imagination throughout a lifetime.”

Program Offerings

  • Customized theme programs
  • Beginning storytelling courses (adults and youth) and master classes (adults)
  • Storytelling performance workshops, residency programs, and oral tradition seminars

Fees
$250-$750 dependent upon length and depth of performance program, seminar or workshops. Residencies will be negotiated based on length of residency.

Audience
Community programs, family groups, adults, pre-k through elementary, middle school and high school.

Requirements
Public address system needed for larger audiences (lavaliere mike preferred for ease of movement).


Magical Celebrations

6370 Midway Road. Ph 540-456-6932

Crozet VA 22932 E mail ziemers@cstone.net
Contact: Carol Ziemer

Background
As owner of Magical Celebrations and a veteran kindergarten teacher, Ziemer has been enriching the lives of local children with story and song for fifteen years.

Program Offerings
Interactive enrichment programs and parties for ages 4 – 7 include puppets, story, music, and simple handwork projects.

Fees
Children’s party – $90/hour Glitter face painting – $60/hour

Audience
Ages 4 – 7 and adults


Dylan Pritchett

110 Lakepoint Court Ph 757-566-3330
Williamsburg VA 23188 Fax 757-566-3330
E mail aesop@widomaker.com

Background
Each year since 1990, Dylan Pritchett has shared his unique style of storytelling with more than 100 schools and educational institutions. The presentations feature African and African-American stories, lessons and cultural traditions. Dylan has traveled throughout the country as a teaching artist through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Partners in Education program for four years. He was a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory.

Program Offerings

  • The Storyteller, 45 minute assembly program features age-appropriate African and African-American stories. Games, riddles and music teach history as well as critical thinking and listening skills and may be connected with numerous learning objectives outlined in Virginia’s SOLs. Participants consider and discuss the meaning or lesson behind each story. Primary Audience Grades K – 12
  • Scraps of History, storytelling presentations feature analysis of history and events through newspaper articles, letters and correspondence, photographs and samples of clothing. History comes alive as students experience daily lives of 18th and 19th century African-Americans.
    Primary Audience Grades 4 – 12
  • How to Write and Tell Historical Stories, 3 day workshop designed to lead students through the process of researching historical documents, primary source fact-finding, organizing information, writing stories based on the information and sharing stories. The workshop promotes creativity while teaching written and oral communication skills and encourages students to investigate family histories and share personal stories.
    Primary Audience Grades 6 – 12

Fees
The Storyteller (2 programs) $450
The Storyteller & Scraps of History $900

How to Write and Tell Historical Stories $700 per day
Fees do not include travel, accommodations, expenses and may be negotiable. Contact the artist for details.

Technical Requirements
Sound system with a microphone.


Eve Watters

P.O. Box 1792 Ph 434-823-8600

Charlottesville VA 22902 Fax 804-823-8600
E mail ianandeve@compuserve.com

Background
Eve Watters enchants listeners with a delightful treasure trove of finely-tuned tales and songs that reflects a new vision of tradition. Her artistry springs from a life-long love affair with the “handmade” magic of folklore – a spirit that spans cultures and generations. She plays numerous instruments and sings in a variety of languages. Eve Watters is a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory and is listed in their Artists-in-Education Residency Program Artist Roster.

Program Offerings

  • “Concerts” blend Celtic harp, songs, and storytelling spiced with music of the concertina, banjo, autoharp, dulcimer or hurdy-gurdy. Witty and wise tales bring laughter followed by group participation. Scottish reels, Irish laments, Persian love songs or Russian lullabies demonstrate Eve’s magical touch with song and harp. Primary Audience All ages
  • “Virginia Fireside,” is based on extensive original research, showcases authentic traditions and incorporates tales, tongue-twisters, riddles, rhymes, songs and sayings. Primary Audience Students (grades K-12), adults
  • “Pleasures of the Harp” offers soothing and inspirational songs and timeless stories. Learn of the mystical healing power of the harp from ancient times to the 21st century. Primary Audience Students (grades 6-12),adults
  • “Ladies of the Little Mountain” is based upon documents from Monticello-highlights the cultural life of its women of African and European descent.

    Primary Audience
    Adults (adaptable for students, grades 4-12)

  • Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Artist-in-Education focuses on traditional oral literature and its importance to modern young people. In-depth work uses songs, stories, histories, riddles, games, superstitions, folkways, and musical instruments etc. School assemblies, class sessions, daily core groups, teachers’ workshops culminate in a printed collection of school’s oral traditions. Primary audience Students (grades K-5)
    Dates available throughout the year

Fees
Concert: Harp, Songs and Tales, Pleasures of the Harp $300-$600
Fireside Virginia, Ladies of the Little Mountain $350-$650
Artist-in-Education $300 per day
Discounts are available for multiple services, block-booking and under-served organizations.
Fees are negotiable. Fees include travel expenses in most cases.

Technical Requirements

Minimal; contact the artist


Jim Weiss

Greathall Productions, Inc. Ph 800-477-6234
P.O. Box 5061 434-296-4288
Charlottesville VA 22905-5061 Fax 434-296-4490
www.greathall.com E mail greathall@greathall.com

Background
Jim Weiss is a master storyteller and award-winning recording artist. He specializes in classical literature and history such as Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur, Greek myths, and fairy tales. Preschool to Adult Programs are tailored to ages of the audience and selected to blend into curriculum (history, arts, math, science, etc.) as well as the lives of children today. Customized storytelling and story writing workshops can be created. Weiss has 38 recordings and 80 national awards from organizations including the American Library Association and Parents’ Choice. He performs throughout the United States in schools, festivals, museums, community events, and libraries.

Program Offerings

  • Storytelling performances of 1-2 hours are flexible and can include two assemblies.
  • Storytelling/writing workshops of 1-2 hours are available for educators, librarians, parents and/or students.
  • Storyteller in Residence is a five day option.
  • Family Storytelling Evening performances of the classics promote family literacy.

Fees
2 hour performances or workshops are $650. A full day fee is $850. A one hour Family Storytelling Evening is $650.

Audience
Ages 3-12, family and adult audiences

Requirements
Microphone


Bill Wellington

P. O. Box 3089 Ph 540-885-0233
Staunton VA 24402 Ph 800-645-9663
Fax 540-885-8246

Background
Bill Wellington’s professional career as a storyteller, songwriter and musician began over twenty years ago. Since 1987, Bill has worked as a solo artist primarily in schools. He created Radio WOOF as a school intercom “broadcast,” then as a series of recordings and finally as a stage show for school assemblies and family audiences. Radio WOOF has gained national attention as Bill’s recordings have received favorable reviews in most publications that cover children’s media. Residencies and daylong events begin with Radio WOOF over the school intercom. Their focus is on folklore, whole language, history and about families. Theater, poetry, dance, traditional and original songs and music are included. Bill Wellington is on the Artists-in-Education Residency Program Artist Roster of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Program Offerings

  • The One Day Wonder includes Radio WOOF, two assemblies, workshops with ten students and an Evening Concert that includes workshop students.
  • Radio WOOF Assemblies introduce elementary schools to the “World of Folklore” as Bill employs storytelling, music (banjo, fiddle, guitar and flute) and traditional and original songs to show that folklore is everywhere.
  • Storytelling Concert provides middle and high schools with unforgettable Jack Tales, Irish yarns, trickster stories and age-appropriate original songs.
  • Artist-in-Education Residency, Virginia Commission for the Arts includes: General Student Workshops, Core Group Workshops, Teacher In-Service Workshops, Studio Time and Public Performance with core group!

Fees
One performance $300, two performances back-to-back $500, whole day event $500
Artist-in-Residency (10 full days) per day $300

Audience

Adaptable for all ages.

Technical Requirements
Raised stage, electrical outlet and chair are required.


Woven Yarns

570 Three Chopt Road
Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103

Phone 434-924-4984 work; 804-784-1229 home
Contact: George Crafts and Dee Kysor
gtc@virginia.edu

Background
George Crafts and Dee Kysor formed Woven Yarns in 1995, but their individual experience goes back much further. George has been telling stories since 1985, and Dee has been singing and writing songs since the 1960′s. A few of their credits include Library of Virginia Performer’s Showcase, Virginia Storytelling Alliance Gathering feature performers, the University of Virginia Art Museum, Staunton Library’s “A Little Lunch Music”, four years of performing and teaching storytelling at Central Fluvanna Elementary School, and two series for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Dee and George are founding members of the Tell Tale Hearts Storytellers Theater in Richmond, and they frequently also perform with Mahone’s Forge Historical Productions. The large Woven Yarns repertoire allows them to craft programs to suit specific themes. Audience participation is a feature of many of their programs and hand puppets are often used with children.

Program Offerings

  • Themed programs include folktales from around the world, Virginia History, the American Revolution, the Civil War, the American West, the sea, ecological programs, and ghost tales.
  • Standard program weaves together stories with original and traditional songs
  • Storytelling skills taught to children and adults.

Fees

$250 for a 45 to 60 minute performance and negotiable. No mileage charge.

Audience
Children, adults, and all ages together

Requirements
Electrical outlets for speakers, microphones, and electronic keyboard are required.


Theatre


ACT I (Albemarle Charlottesville Theatre, Inc.)

405 Mallard Lake Drive Ph 434-973-2719
Charlottesville VA 22936
Contact: Carol Rullman

Background

For twenty years, ACT I, a true local community theatre, has been performing musicals, dramas, comedies and reviews on Charlottesville and Albemarle county stages. Current sites include the Senior Center and the Municipal Art Center. Anticipated plans are to increase: scope of offerings in diverse art forms; activities for disabled citizens; traveling shows for schools; involvement of both young people and adults.

Program Offerings
ACT I offers stage musicals, dramas, and comedies. Auditions for performances are open to all ages (4-82)

Fees
Admissions vary.

Audience
Ages 5 and up for most shows


American Shakespeare Center

11 East Beverley St. Ph 540-885-5588
Staunton VA 24401 Fax 540-885-4886
Contact: Susan Hawthorne, Deputy Executive Director

E mail shsh@americanshakespearecenter.com
www.americanshakespearecenter.com

Background
American Shakespeare Center is a 14 year old theatre company founded on the premise that Shakespeare’s plays are best when performed under their original conditions – on a simple stage and with the lights on. The world’s first recreation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, Blackfriars, is located in Staunton, Virginia. Shenandoah Shakespeare is a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory.

Program Offerings

  • Shakespeare and Renaissance era plays
  • Workshops, High School Teacher training seminars
  • Young Company Theatre Camp (14-18 years)
  • Shenandoah Shakespeare Teachers’ Association
  • Play reading series
  • Lecture series

Fees
Special rates for colleges and high schools with substantial discounts for multiple performances and block bookings.

Audience
All ages


Applause Unlimited

2824 Irisdale Avenue
Richmond VA 23228
Contact: Christopher Hudert
Ph 804-264-0299

Background
Applause Unlimited, for twenty years, has offered the talents of Terry Snyder and Christopher Hudert in educational performances of puppetry, storytelling, music, masks, and comedy. Terry and Christopher adapt the stories and create original scripts, as well as design and build the puppets and sets. Performances include a question and answer session after each show and study guides are offered to schools. Applause Unlimited has received two Iris Awards for children’s TV programming; and Terry Snyder received the 1997 President’s Award for outstanding contributions to the Art of Puppetry from the Puppeteers of America. Applause Unlimited is a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory.

Program Offerings
Six shows range in size and scope and represent a variety of cultures and styles of puppetry:

  • Warmth of the classic Velveteen Rabbit $325
  • Sly Puss in Boots $375
  • Culturally-rich Chinese Tales of a Mysterious Land $325
  • Bouncy Russian Peter and the Wolf $375
  • Colonial American tales of Travelin’ Jack & Co. $325
  • Beauty and comedy of The Magic of Hans Christian Andersen $375
  • The ensemble offers Lecture/Demonstrations and/or workshops for student and teachers

Fees
Fees listed above. Fees do not include travel and accommodations expenses. Discounts are available for back-to-back or multiple performances, or for block-bookings.
Lecture/demonstrations and/or Workshops are also available for a nominal fee when scheduled for a performance.

Primary Audience

Students, grades K-5, and families

Technical Requirements
Clear stage, size requirements vary with each program; electrical outlets


Arts Center Ensemble

P.O Box 1864

Charlottesville VA 22903
Ph 434-466-8852

Background
A.C.E. core members have worked for over fifteen years as professional actors, directors, choreographers and educators.

Their credits include the following companies: San Diego Repertory Theatre, Oregon’s Children’s theatre, Dell’ Arte Players Company, Interlocken Center for experiential Education, Emory University, The Actor’s Express, Actors Shakespeare Company, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, and in Seattle, The Bathhouse Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Contemporary theatre, and Cornish College of the Arts, A.C.E. core members are graduates and former staff of the California Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre.

As Central Virginia’s new professional theatre ensemble, they believe in the power of Physical Theatre (mask, clowning, circus, Commedia, melodrama, etc.) to communicate to youth and adult audiences in an immediate and accessible way.

Program Offerings
A.C.E.’s educational outreach programs use theater to further illuminate classroom curriculum and enliven classroom experience.

  • Experiential Education Residency. A.C.E. works with classroom teacher to develop a program based on specific curriculum units: Social Studies, Science, Math, Language Arts, etc.Example: study of the immigrant boom in the United States by “creating” Ellis Island, e.g., immigrants, inspectors, doctors, relatives, etc. Resulting performance gives student greater understanding of history.
  • Original Physical Theatre Productions. It is highly recommended that workshops or residencies accompany these productions of less than an hour.
  • Regional History. These highly physical productions based on regional themes, characters, and history are engaging, accessible, and thought provoking. Lady Astor and the Gibson Girl tell the story of pre-suffragette women from one of Albemarle County’s most interesting families.
  • Words in Action. This series focuses on the oral tradition in theatre, poetry, and storytelling. Animals, fables, and theatre bring traditional fables from Europe and China to students in grades 1-4.
  • Master Classes. A.C.E. offers Physical Theatre Workshops to theatre students of all levels. Subjects include: Mask performance, Mask Making, Stage/Partner Acrobatics, Stage Combat, Physical Characterization/Improvisation, and Original Script Development

Fees

Fees are negotiable based on length and scope of each residency, productions, workshop, or master class.

Audience
Residencies, workshops, and productions can be designed for all age groups

Requirements
Clear performance/work space must have a minimum height of 12 feet, adequate lighting and electrical outlets. Residencies can take place in classrooms with desks pushed out of the way.


Bob Brown Puppets

PH 703/319-9102
FAX 703/242-0290
Judy Barry Brown
2965 Palmer Street
Oakton, VA 22124
BobBrownPuppets.com
BobBrownPuppets@aol.com

Background
Bob Brown Puppets is one of the nation’s leading producers of professional children’s theater, touring throughout the eastern and mid-western United States. Our many sponsors include the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater, Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, the White House, National, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and many major symphony orchestras throughout the United States and overseas. Young people recognize Bob and Judy Brown from their many guest appearances on MR. ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD. We have been a major children’s theater company for the past Fifty years, offering the finest in children’s education and entertainment and performing to over 300,000 children a year.

Program Offerings

  • Variety Shows are performances performed with “trick” marionettes – puppets on strings that have been strung to perform specific “tricks” such as skating, performing on a trapeze, juggling, blowing up a balloon and the like. Each marionette performs an ACT, usually lasting between two and three minutes. The younger audience members take the performing marionettes at face value, while the older children and adults are trying to figure out how Bob is getting his marionettes to do all these seemingly impossible feats. We offer seven different variety shows.
  • The Classic Series Master Puppeteer Bob Brown has been his creating marionette magic for over fifty years. In his delightful Classic Series, the marionettes are manipulated in front of a solid black curtain, allowing the strings to completely vanish and the rich, jewel-like colors of the sets and costumes to ‘pop’ right off the stage. Bob acts out the story using music, sound effects, and his incredible range of character voices.
  • The Storybook Series. In his amazing Storybook Series, Bob not only single-handedly pulls all the strings, but also creates all the voices “live” as the story unfolds in front of the pages of a giant pop-up storybook.. As each scene ends, the enormous pages turn to reveal the next exciting development of these two classic fairy tales. Each 30 minute story show is followed by a fifteen minute Variety Show.

Fees
VARIETY SHOWS 45 minutes for 1 or 2 back-to-back performances $800.00

CLASSIC SERIES 45 minutes for I or 2 back-to-back performances $900.00
STORYBOOK SERIES 45 minutes for 1 or 2 back-to-back performances $1,000.00

Technical Requirements
Clear performance/work space, minimum 12′ wideX 12′ deep with a minimum height of 8′, adequate lighting and electrical outlets.

Audience
Residencies, workshops and productions can be designed for all age groups.


Community Children’s Theatre

P.O. Box 5051 Ph 434-961-7862
Charlottesville VA 22905

Background
The Community Children’s Theatre was founded in 1953. Co-founders were the University of Virginia Drama Department and the University League, now the Junior League of Charlottesville, Inc. Community Children’s Theatre, a nonprofit organization, brings a season of professional theatre and other arts performances to family audiences in the Charlottesville region. These shows are planned for Sunday afternoons during the fall and winter months. Charlotte’s Web by Theatreworks, USA; Alexander and the Terrible No Good Very Bad Day by Kids entertainment, and The Wooden String Puppet Theatre are examples of the quality of productions that the national companies bring to Charlottesville. A Missoula Children’s Theater Artists-in-Residence original show is also offered each year

Program Offerings

  • Community Children’s Theatre offers a season of 4 to 5 shows on Sunday afternoons, fall and winter. Programs provide printed educational information to stimulate adult/child discussion after the experience.
  • Free Monday shows to city/county elementary schools as funding allows
  • Artists-in-Residence of the Missoula Children’s Theater-Two professional theater artist/educators work after school with young people, grades K-12, to produce an original scripted musical. Students learn about all aspects of production from acting to technical theater. At the end of an intensive week of work, two public performances are presented with the professionals appearing major supporting character roles.
  • Artists-in-Residence M.C.T. artist/educators offer workshops in theater and education related subjects to area classrooms in the morning and early afternoon during the week of residency

Fees

Season tickets with reserved seats for the Sunday Family Series are $30 for children and adults. Tickets are $10 at the box office, day of the show. Artists-in-Residence fee is $20 and 3rd child in a family is $15. There is a fee for Missoula Classroom Workshops

Audience
All ages depending on content of production


Department of Drama, University of Virginia

PO Box 400128
Charlottesville VA 22904-4128

Ph 434-924-3327
Box Office 434-924-3376
Fax 434-924-1447
Contact: LaVahn Hoh
E mail: lgh2b@virginia.edu
www.virginia.edu/drama

Background
The Virginia Players was originally founded at the University of Virginia in 1924, to serve both the university and Charlottesville communities. It has grown from and extra-curricular activity into a major academic department now known as the Department of Drama, within the College of Arts and Sciences. It offers a Bachelor of Arts for drama majors and Master of Fine Arts in Acting, Directing, Costume Design, Lighting, Design, Theatre Technology, and Scenic design. Local and regional audiences are able to see fine work of talented undergraduate and graduate students involved in every aspect of the productions. Productions take place in the 595 seat, proscenium Culbreth Theatre and the flexible space Helms Theatre with 160-200 seats

Program Offerings
A typical Drama Department season offers four Culbreth Theatre plays or musicals. They each run for seven performances over a two-week period. Additional productions are held in the Helms Theatre.

Fees
Season tickets or tickets at the door include discounts for student/child and seniors

Audience
All ages depending on content of production.


Foolery

PO Box 242
Charlottesville VA 22902
Ph 434-296-0567
Fax 434-296-0567
E mail Jude@foolery.org
www.Foolery.org

Background
Foolery is a Charlottesville-based company of theater artists who create articulate, surprising theater that is challenging yet approachable by a general audience. Foolery’s artists have extensive performance background and teaching experience and follow a rigorous training regimen. The company has as its goals continued research and development of a training curriculum, development and hosting of educational workshops, and creation and staging of theater works. Foolery devotes its talents to creating new works that explore the possibilities of physical storytelling, combing ancient techniques of clown and dance with more avant-garde understanding of the relationship between playmakers and playgoers.

Program Offerings

  • School performances are to be selected from Foolery repertoire. $1500
  • High school Workshop for serious high school theater students focuses on physical theater tradition and introduces students to Foolery’s training techniques. Groups 2-30 people. $150
  • Standard Educational Workshop focuses on development of original work, physical theater and dramatics, viewpoints, design, and theater management, 2-3 hour workshops are for high schools, universities, community, and professional theaters. Groups 2-12 people. $400
  • Lecture/Demonstration-Introduction to physical theater, dramaturgy, or an element of the company’s training. Groups of any size. Cost: $150/hours

Fees
Listed above. Discounts available for block-booking and for the hiring of multiple services. Service fees do not include travel or accommodation expenses.

Audience
All ages

Requirements
Clear, 25′ × 20′ performance space with wings; ceiling capable of hanging drops; basic lighting; multiple electrical outlets.


Four County Players

5256 Governor Barbour Street

Barboursville VA 22923
Ph 540-832-5355
Fax 540-832-5424
Contact: Carol Rullman
E mail FourCPMarketing@aol.com

http://www.fourcp.org/

Background
Four County Players is a community theater in its 35th season. They offer a family-oriented series of five plays per year that includes on children’s show one or two musicals, one or two straight plays and one outdoor Shakespeare play in the historic ruins of the Governor Barbour mansion.

Program Offerings

  • A show for families is presented each December.
  • Youngsters are used in productions throughout the year.
  • Training is offered to student volunteers/interns.
  • Annual Summer Theater Camp
  • Occasional workshops are given.
  • Scholarships are offered to senior students who have worked on numerous shows.

Fees
Tickets for shows vary from $10-$14 and youngsters $6-$8. Summer program and workshop fees vary. Group rates available.

Audience
Ages 4 years through adults


Hamner Theater

in the Rockfish Valley Community Center
Physical Address:
190 Rockfish School Lane
Afton, VA 22920
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 106
Nellysford, VA 22958

434.361.1999
info@hamnertheater.com
www.hamnertheater.com

Background
The Hamner Theater, a center for the performing arts in Nelson County, and a non-profit project of the Rockfish Valley Community Center, has been home to a varied range of drama, comedy, dance and music since 2005. The Hamner aims to involve the community in every aspect of performance, and offers training programs in all aspects of theater production. Its program, the Virginia Playwrights Initiative (VPI), is dedicated to the production of new work, part of their continuing mission to foster new works for the stage. The Hamner also offers an ongoing program of Improv with the Hamner Improv Troupe..

Program Offerings
* Season of 3 to 5 plays, often featuring original plays, as well as classics
* Monthly Cabaret series of music, drama or dance

* Community Shakespeare, a production staged according to original practices
* Improv classes for ages 8 and up
* Playwriting workshops, including staged readings
* Family show presented each Christmas

Fees
Tickets prices are kept low, usually $10 for adults, $5 for children. Improv classes and VPI staged readings are always free.

Audience
All ages, depending on the production.


Heritage Repertory Theatre

University of Virginia
PO Box 400128
Charlottesville VA 22904-4128

Ph 434-924-3326
Box Office 434-924-3376
Fax 434-924-1447
www.virginia.edu/heritagerep/

Background
The Heritage Repertory Theatre, celebrating its 30th year in summer 2000 as a Central Virginia professional theatre, presents plays and musicals from America’s theatrical heritage. Supported by the Charlottesville-Albemarle community and the University of Virginia, it has presented over 200 productions since its inauguration. Leading directors, designers, technicians, and actors from across the country join the company each year.

Program Offerings

  • A typical Culbreth Theatre season opens with a June musical
  • Three repertory productions in July/August follow.
  • A musical performs in the Helms Theatre for two weeks in July/August.

Fees
Season tickets or tickets at the door include discounts for student/child and seniors

Audience
All ages depending on content of productions.


Live Arts – Live Arts Theatre Training Ensemble

123 E. Water St.
PO Box 1231 Fax 434-977 3318

Charlottesville, VA 22902
Contact : Ronda Hewitt, Education Director
email: education@livearts.org
www.livearts.org

Background
Established in 1990, Live Arts has nourished the spirit of Downtown Charlottesville in their theatre on East Water Street. This vital theatre company produces unique and commissioned performances. They offer After-Show Audience Discussion, educational Audience Guides and special discount Series for Students. Live Arts Theatre Training Ensemble (LATTE) was established in 1990 to provide challenging production opportunities for youth and ongoing training opportunities for all ages.

Program Offerings

  • 3-2 youth productions per year, including Lattehouse (original plays and monologues written and performed by youth 12-18 years old).
  • Training opportunities include workshops in performance and technical theatre (improvisation, scene study, audition workshops, sound design, lighting design, etc) for youth and adults.
  • Live Arts Summer Theatre Institute offers intensive performing arts day camp for ages 8-18.
  • After-School Theatre Workshops range from acting to playwriting and movement to Shakespeare.
  • Master classes and guest artist workshops are offered to youth, adults, and community groups.
  • Apprenticeship program offered for high school students.
  • Live Arts presents an annual Season Series.

Fees
Vary by workshop (average cost, 6-week after-school workshop: $65 / members and $75/general).
Summer Theatre Institute (2 wk session, $450 â?? includes a $30 membership). Scholarships available. Call the box office for ticket prices for season productions.

Audience
Most LATTE programs for ages 12 and up. Summer Theatre Institute for ages 8 and up. Season series varies by production.


New Plays Incorporated

PO Box 5074
Charlottesville VA 22905
Ph 434-823-7555
Contact: Patricia Whitton Forrest
E mail patwhitton@aol.com
www.newplaysforchildren.com

Background
For twenty years, ACT I, a true local community theatre, has been performing musicals, dramas, comedies Patricia Whitton Forrest founded the publishing company, New Plays Incorporated, in 1964. She is an internationally known child drama educator who has taught theatre classes and directed plays. Pat has written articles, plays and books, and given workshops and demonstrations across the United States. She has served on many national and international committees on the subject of children’s theatre and theatre in education. This company offers approximately 115 titles of plays for children and young adults. There are also a number of books, especially for teachers and adults working with young people that focus on the use of theatre and other arts in education.

Program Offerings
Consultations on choice of books and plays from New Plays Incorporated as well as from other theatre catalogues. This can include available materials from a wide variety of resources in the field of theatre for/with young people and audiences.

Fees

No charge


ShenanArts, Inc.

Growing Stages
On Stage
PO Box 1
Verona, VA 24482
Phone (540) 248.1868.

Email: theatre@shenanarts.org
www.shenanarts.org

Background
ShenanArts, Inc. has been presenting a season series of theatre and music to audiences for twenty-six years. The Growing Stages programs are curriculum-based arts education activities that address Virginia Standards of Learning objectives in language arts, history, and social sciences at the K-12 grade levels. A wide variety of character-building programs are offered to all young people (regardless of ability to pay tuition), with special interest in â??at-risk’ kids or those with special gifts or needs. Growing Stages uses theatre as an effective and positive way to speak to others about the concerns and problems they face. Teen productions allow students to participate in all facets of theatre: from directing to makeup, to costumes and sets, to acting.

Program Offerings

  • Creative process workshops include: Summer Stages, Saturday Stages.
  • Friday Night Live and Teen Studio Theatre culminate in productions.

Fees
Fees vary by program from $90-250 for workshops.

Audience

Audience varies according to production.

Requirements
Vary by program


The Old Michie Theatre

221 East Water St. Ph 434-977-3690
Charlottesville VA 22902

www.oldmichie.com

Background
Old Michie Theatre is dedicated to serving families in central Virginia. It offers puppet shows and main stage productions with casts using young people. There is drama instructions for ages 5 and up. Weekday puppet shows and workshops are available.

Under the direction of its founders, Frances C. Furlong and Steven M. Riesenman, the mission is to inspire students with the joys of live theatre and puppetry arts. Emphasis is on developing their creativity. Francie Furlong, Artistic Director, studied voice at Julliard School’s Pre-College received a BA in Theatre Arts, Brown University, an MA in Drama, University of Virginia, and studied at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-on-Avon, England.

She has worked with Looking Glass Theatre of Rhode Island; The Dorset Theatre Festival of Vermont; The Discovery Theatre of the Smithsonian Institute; Adventure Theatre of Glen Echo, Director, a University of Virginia Law School graduate, has done technical and backstage work for professional theatres in Charlottesville.

Program Offerings

  • Puppet shows and workshops are available for school groups and field trips. Call theatre for details. Weekend puppet show birthday parties may be reserved in advance on Saturdays throughout the year.
  • Mainstage performances of dramatic literature and puppet shows are offered year round on weekends.
  • The Magic Key Club is a showcase of student talent held every Friday morning for young family audience during summer months.
  • Offerings include: series of fall, winter, spring, and summer drama classes and productions; summer camps; summer puppetry workshops in marionette, hand, rod, & shadow puppets.
  • A member of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Trust, Old Michie Theatre offers beginning and advance programs for the study of Shakespeare.

Fees
Camp and workshop fees range from $115-$330. to schedule school groups and field trips call for fees and availability. Puppet shows $5, Magic Key Club $1, and Mainstage productions $6 (advance) and $7 (door)

Audience
Ages 2-17 years and families of all ages


Theater at Lime Kiln

14 South Randolph Street Ph 540-463-7088
Lexington VA 24450 Fax 540-463-1082
Contact: Touring Coordinator
E mail limekiln@cfw.com
www.theateratlimekiln.com

Background
Theater at Lime Kiln was founded in 1983. Since then we have been developing original works steeped in the history and culture of southern Appalachia. Using storytelling and music, Lime Kiln’s productions bring to life the myths and legends of these mountains, and the action and humor that fill Appalachian folklore.

The repertoire consists of various original works that are researched, adapted, written, scored, and performed by Lime Kiln’s Resident Company. Folktale productions include storytelling, history, spectacle, original music, humor, drama and a strong sense of place. Representative of the company’s expanding thematic scope, past productions delved into literary classics, traditional folktales, and regional histories. Lime Kiln continuously sifts through the gamut of tales waiting to be told, searching for stories that engage the imaginations of people from all walks of life. Theater at Lime Kiln receives support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Program Offerings

  • Touring shows-Each fifty-minute presentation enraptures the audience with its polished intertwining of music and drama, highlighting the artists’ musical versatility on various Appalachian instruments. The audience might envision the porch of a mountain cabin while listening to their favorite childhood tales, enjoying rich musical harmonies, and laughing uncontrollably at the subtlest of comments and gestures between characters. The storytellers creatively impart a wealth of human understanding within a casual and intimate atmosphere. Three actors perform the stories with simple sets and costumes, placing the emphasis on the spoken word. Question and answer periods immediately follow many of the performances, allowing the students to further enhance the experience.
  • Artist-in-Residence program-Professional artists assist students in the development of original performances based on the school curriculum. Possible programs include creating plays from students’ own lives and family tales, creating a play from an Appalachian folktale or stories from other cultures, and creating cross-curriculum presentations (1-3 days, one week, 2-4 weeks).

Fees
Performance-$650-$800; Workshop–$100/hour per artist
Artist-in-Residence-negotiable, depending on location, time of year, and length of residency.
They are able to lend assistance in finding sources of partial funding.

Audience
All ages

Requirements
Clear performance space (adequately lit) – 15′ × 20′ space with a height minimum of 12 feet and a rack for costumes, if possible.


Theatre IV

114 West Broad Street
Richmond VA 23220
Contact: Eric Williams, Director
Ph 804-783-1688
1-800-235-8687
Fax 804-775-2325
Tour Operations – Virginia

E mail ewilliams@theatreiv.org
www.theatreiv.org

Background
For twenty-four years Theatre IV has been a leader in bringing extraordinary theatrical productions to communities. Throughout Virginia and in reaching a growing audience in 33 states across the country. Theatre IV’s original musical adaptations of classic children’s stories are adventures filled with life, valuable lessons and laughter. Stirring biographical dramas lead young people down trails blazed by remarkable Americans. As pioneers in educational drama, Theatre IV’s community outreach series confronts tough issues with timely, straightforward lists suggested grade levels and connections to curricula.
Quality teaching guides, professional photographs and promotional press copy are available six months prior to the performance. All performances last 50 to 60 minutes. Following the show, there may be Q&A periods and opportunities for the actors to meet and greet the audience. Theatre IV has been a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory for many years.

Program Offerings

  • Classics: Gr. K-5: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; The Big Adventures of Stuart Little; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Rumplestiltskin; The Ugly Duckling; The Velveteen Rabbit. Gr. 1-10: Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi. Gr. 2-9: Treasure Island. Suggested curricula vary – Art, Language, Literary Classic, Reading, Music, Family Ties, Folk Tales, Legends, Mythology, History, Puppets, Earth Science, Multi-Cultural
  • American Heritage: Gr. 3-9, The Arthur Ashe Story; Gr. 3-12, A Woman Named Truth; Biography, Family Ties, History, Government, Multi-Cultural, Women’s Studies, Reading, Art, Music, and Sports
  • Holiday Celebrations for grades K-5: A Christmas Carol; Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester; Santa’s Christmas Miracle; ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Suggested curricula vary – Family Ties, Language, Literary Classic, Reading, Folk Tales, and Mythology and Music
  • Educational Workshops can be arranged for an additional fee.

Fees
Fees vary from $100-$1000. Contact Theatre IV for fees and special discounts. Fees include all travel and accommodation expenses, as well as per diem.

Audience

All ages.


The Virginia Film Festival

Department of Drama, University of Virginia
PO Box 400869
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Contact: Richard Herskowitz
Ph 434-982-5326
1-800-UVA-Fest

Fax 434-924-1447
E mail info@vafilm.org
www.vafilm.com

Background
The Virginia Film Festival was founded in 1987 to meld the creative interest and crafts of the American film industry with the intellectual resources of a nationally ranked university. Specific themes explore the social and artistic impact of moviemaking and offer filmmakers the opportunity to screen and discuss their work with colleagues, students, and an interested community. Selections include Hollywood premiers to classic, documentary, and experimental films and videos. Workshops and forums feature guest actors, screenwriters, critics, directors, and technical artists. A detailed schedule is distributed in early October for the program held in late October.

Program Offerings

  • A four day festival with films shown at: Culbreth Theatre, Regal Downtown Mall theater. Vinegar Hill Theater, and other sites around Charlottesville and the University of Virginia.
  • Expanded Festival events are held throughout October and are announced in the schedule.

Fees
Fees quoted in the schedule.


Virginia Valley Theatre Co. c/o Marmalade

2352 Holly Hill Farm Road Ph 434-823-7186
Crozet VA 22932
Contact: Duke Miller

Background
Marmalade is a troupe of adult actors that had been performing for youth and family audiences for nineteen years throughout Virginia. Shows are often based on curricula and may involve many theatrical elements: acting, music, puppets, dance, and audience participation.

Program Offerings

  • Residencies: Coordinating Creative Theatre with other educational needs (e.g., a historic period).
  • Workshops for acting, improvisation, storytelling/development.
  • Shows based on improvisation or shows produced for specific needs.

Fees
Performances negotiated through Virginia Valley Theatre Co.

Audience

Programs adaptable to any age.

Technical Requirements
Clean performance area (stage)or and adequate workshop space.


VIVA (Voices for Interpersonal Violence Alternatives)

423 Lexington Ave.
Charlottesville VA 22903

Ph 434-963-0020
Fax 434-295-3841
Contact: Geri Schirmer & Brandi Painter
E mail geri@cstone.net
E mail brandip@cstone.net

Background
VIVA is a teen-peer education group whose mission is to provide a forum for awareness, discussion, and education regarding issues of dating and sexual violence. Located in Albemarle County. VIVA is a joint project of SARA and SHE. An original play, ” I Never Saw It Coming” by Dough Grissom, is used as a vehicle to facilitate the mission. The 40 members range in age from ninth to twelfth grade.

Program Offerings
An original play, “I Never Saw it Coming,” that includes monologues, short scenes, and ensemble pieces, examines the dynamics and consequences of dating and sexual violence. Performance is 30 minutes and is followed by small group discussion facilitated by VIVA members

Fees
Traveling expense for localities outside Planning District Ten (about $125)

Audience

High school students (9th-12th grade)

Requirements
20′ × 20′ space, preferably a stage, 5 chairs


Visual Arts


Beverley Street Studio School

24 West Beverley St. Ph 540-886-8636
Staunton VA 24401
www.BSSSCHOOL.org E mail BSSS@intelos.net
Contact: Chantal Kennedy, Administrative Secretary

Background
The Beverley Street Studio School was organized by artists in 1992 to provide serious students of all levels the opportunity to study directly with practicing artists in an informal, yet structured studio environment. Through programs of weekly classes, weekend workshops, and exhibitions, the school offers high quality, non-degree art instruction tailored to the individual’s level. Classes include: oils, acrylics, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, graphite, landscape painting, still life, figure studies, portrait, drawing, printmaking, art history for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

Program Offerings

Beverley Street Studio School Gallery and Co-Art Gallery, open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Gallery Tours are available for schools.
  • Exhibitions held monthly at BSSS Gallery, the Pampered Palate and the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center. Invitational and traveling shows are local and/or regional.
  • National and International Travel Studies (Italy, France, England).
  • Cultural Offerings (Lectures, reading about art, conversations with artists).

Fees
Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Classes and workshops fees vary.

Audience
All ages


Central Virginia Watercolor Guild

P. O. Box 3128 Ph 804-360-3792

Charlottesville VA 22903
Contact: Patrice Reese

Background
In 1991, the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild was established specifically for water media painters. Interested local artists organized a nonprofit, educational organization to sponsor annual programs, demonstrations and opportunities for professional critiques. The group now has 106 members and their meetings are held the 4th Monday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in Charlottesville. Programs include monthly critiques, demonstrations, workshops three times a year with local and national water media artists and a juried exhibition at McGuffey Art Center. The guild also encourages students to continue their studies in art with annual awards.

Program Offerings

  • Annual Juried Exhibition at the McGuffey Art Center
  • Annual Guild Awards to recognize the artistic accomplishments of area high school art students, who have been selected by their art teachers, are in the form of gift certificates for art supplies.

Fees
Exhibitions are free and the fees for workshops vary. Annual membership dues are $25.


Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

400 Worrell Dr. Ph 434-244-0234

Charlottesville VA 22911 Fax 434-244-0235
www.virginia.edu/Kluge-Ruhe E mail kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu
Contact: Curator, Dr. Margo Smith
Asst. Curator, Denise Lajetta

Background
The Kluge-Ruhe Collection came into being through a gift to the University of Virginia by American businessman, John W. Kluge in 1997. Kluge had begun his own collection in 1988 and purchased Dr. Edward L. Ruhe’s Australian Aboriginal art collection in 1993. Approximately 1600 objects and paintings are currently in the rotating collection. The Collection promotes learning about Australian Aboriginal art and culture through an integrated program of collection management, exhibition, education, research, and publication.

Program Offerings

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection galleries are open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Rotating exhibits are held with opening receptions.
  • Tours – Trained docents are available by appointment to lead tours of about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Educational programs for children introduce Australian Aboriginal culture, art, landscapes and the Dreamtime – the Aboriginal view of the world and tales of their ancestors.
  • School visits can be arranged on site.
  • Acrylic and bark paintings and objects for children to handle can be taken to school classrooms.
  • Special “hands on” programs for children are offered throughout the year.
  • Public lectures are offered and research opportunities are available.

Fees

Free

Audience
All ages. The gallery is handicapped accessible.


Peggy Lay

McGuffey Art Center-Studio #8 Ph 804-295-7973
201 2nd St. N.W. Fax 804-295-0322

Charlottesville VA 22901
KEdwardLay@virginia.edu
http://mcguffeyartcenter.com/

Background
Peggy Lay is an accomplished artist and has experience in many mediums. She received her BS in landscape horticulture from Penn State. Her studies in ceramics included work at PVCC and master studies at Kansas State University. At the University of Tennessee she studied ceramics, marbling, and silk painting. She has exhibited in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kansas. Currently, she is working on pieces of hand-built porcelain and stoneware, hand marbled papers and fabrics, and hand-painted silk. She has been a McGuffey Art Center member since 1977.

Program Offerings

  • Demonstrations are available for visiting school children and groups
  • Occasional workshops are offered.
  • Her studio is open to public during her working hours.

Fees
None

Audience
Ages 5-Adult


McGuffey Art Center

201 Second Street NW Ph 804-295-7973
Charlottesville VA 22902

Background

The McGuffey Art Center is a co-operative, non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1975. The City of Charlottesville and the McGuffey Art Association shared in the renovation of the former McGuffey School, built in 1916. The light airy classrooms were transformed into studios, galleries and a gift shop. During the course of a year over 40 exhibits will range from blown glass creations to sculpture to an infinite variety of painting styles, photography, fine arts furniture, pottery and others too numerous to mention. Individuals and groups are represented in shows including the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, Art of the Piedmont – Daily Progress, and a juried show of local high school students. Exhibitions are enhanced by events arranged by organizations housed in the center: Second Street Gallery and Miki Liszt Dance Company. The Miki Liszt Dance Studio is also used by Chihamba – African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Live Arts, and the Village and Renaissance Schools. Special requests for Tours come from adults and children: local schools, University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College. An increasing number of community residents, youngsters and adults, have found classes at McGuffey Art Center an important resource for developing artistic skills and a better understanding of the arts.

Program Offerings
McGuffey Art Center is open Tues – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

  • First Fridays – Opening of monthly exhibit includes reception.
  • Enrollment in classes includes: painting, drawing, print making, calligraphy, dance, fiber arts, marbleing, stain glass and glass blowing. A seasonal publication lists class/workshop offerings or call for information.
  • McGuffey Art Center Tours are available, call for information, 804-295-7973.
  • Gala Holiday Bazaar – An annual event with reception offers fine arts and crafts for sale.
  • McGuffey Art Center is available to the community for receptions or meetings, call for information.

Fees
The center is open to the public six days a week at no charge. Fees for classes/workshops vary.

Audience
All ages. McGuffey Art Center is handicapped accessible.


McIntire Department of Art

University of Virginia Ph 434-924-6123
Fayerweather Hall Fax 434-924-3647
P.O. Box 400130 E mail artdept@virginia.edu
Charlottesville VA 22904
www.virginia.edu/art/
Contact: Sylvia New Strawn

Background

University of Virginia Arts and Science Department offering B.A. in Fine Arts, B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Art History. For further information about the McIntire Department of Art and the Off-Grounds Gallery (300 W. Main Street, Ground Floor) call Sylvia New Strawn.

Program Offerings
The department’s temporary Off-Grounds Gallery is open Wed-Thurs, 4-6pm; Friday, 3-7pm; Sat, 1-5pm or by appointment during the school year only.

  • McIntire Lecture Series (Art History) – There are 6 lectures per year in room 160 Cambell Hall.
  • Off-Grounds Gallery Show – There are 6 contemporary art shows per year.
  • Visiting Master Artist Program – The show openings of nationally known visiting artists offer an opportunity for the public to meet the artists.

Fees
All activities are free

Audience
Events are open to university and community audiences of all ages.


Lindsay Nolting

1317 Stage Junction Rd. Ph 434-842-3049
Columbia VA 23038

Background

Lindsay Nolting held her first solo show of paintings at the Hand Work Shop in Richmond in 1963, and her second, of acrylic abstractions, in Paris in 1965. Since the early 1970s, the Piedmont landscape of Virginia has been a principle source of her imagery. Nolting’s paintings have been acquired by the American Center, Paris; The Woodward Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Wellesley College; Randolph-Macon College; James Madison University; The University of Virginia; The Medical College of Virginia; The Richmond Police Academy; The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; and many businesses and private collections. Nolting teaches Art and French at Fork Union Military Academy Middle School. She has also taught for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello), and the University of Virginia Enrichment Programs for gifted children. She offers adults a two day landscape painting workshop at her studio in Fluvanna County and “To Town and Back,” an illustrated comic lecture on art criticism.

Program Offerings

  • Drawing Each Other-figure sketching in charcoal with class members as models. Two hour sessions
  • Field Guide to Local Architecture-workshop participants find representative examples of various architectural styles and produce their own Guide illustrated with their drawings and photographs. Eight days minimum

Fees
$150/school visit and $125 for additional days
$150/two-day landscape painting workshop at Lindsay Nolting’s Studio

Audience
Workshops are for students, grade 5 and up, for mixed groups of children and adults, and for adults.

Requirements
Slide projector and microphone for lecture. Landscape workshop participants provide their own painting supplies.


Second Street Gallery

201 Second Street NW Ph 434-977-7284
Charlottesville VA 22902 Fax 434-979-9793
www.avenue.org/ssg E mail ssg@cstone.net
Contact: Rebecca Schoenthal, Director

Background
Established in 1973 by a group of local artists, Second Street Gallery was the first contemporary art space in Central Virginia. Today, it remains the only not-for-profit art gallery devoted to new art in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. The gallery’s mission is twofold: to present the best of contemporary art and culture to Charlottesville and the region, and to bridge the gap between new art and audience by creating a forum for discussion, a place where the community explores and questions the art of today.

Program Offerings
The Second Street Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.

  • Youth programs have included Young Writer’s Competition (spring) for high school students, and Family Art Day.
  • Educational outreach programs include hands-on workshops in the schools, exhibition tours, educator workshops, and special events.
  • Visual arts exhibition season offers monthly solo, group, and theme shows that represent regional and national artists in a variety of media.

Fees
Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Educator workshops charge a nominal fee and can be used towards teacher recertification points.

Audience
All ages. The gallery is handicapped accessible.


Univesity of Virginia Art Museum

University of Virginia Ph 434-924-3592
Rugby Rd. P.O. Box 400119 Fax 434-924-6321

Charlottesville VA 22904-4119 E mail cjh6r@virginia.edu
Contact: Jill Hartz, Director www.virginia.edu/artmuseum

Background
The University of Virginia Art Museum at the University of Virginia has a permanent collection that ranges from ancient times to the present. In addition, it offers a wide selection of temporary exhibitions. There are many contemporary shows, featuring artists of national reputation who are in the vanguard of new expressions of creativity.

Program Offerings
The University of Virginia Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

  • Sponsors a series of open museum lectures by prominent art historians, artists and those in related disciplines.
  • Participates in “First Fridays” with a reception and frequently opens a new exhibition at that time.
  • Education Tours are developed through consultation with teachers and group leaders.
    • Tours are given by volunteer docents and are designed to reflect the curriculum, abilities and interest of the groups, preschool through high school and adults. The docents do not present facts, figures or dates. They ask questions designed to enable people to see and think for themselves. This approach encourages viewers to express opinions and to connect to their own experiences. Tours can be arranged for as few as ten and as many as thirty people and last approximately 45 minutes. Call two weeks ahead to schedule tours. Jane Anne Young, Director of Education, 924-7458.
    • Docent training is offered through the Education Department. This volunteer program is open to college students and adults.
  • The Writer’s Eye Competition fuses the creative spirit of artists and writers. Charlottesville residents
    • view selected art works at the University of Virginia Art Museum and are invited to write an original poem or short story in response to one of the pieces. Categories of competition are elementary, middle, high school, and university/adult.
  • Innovative programs are developed for school “at-risk youth.”
  • Youth Summer Program; scholarships offered.

Fees
Most programs are open to public without charge. There is an active membership program

Audience
All ages. The museum is handicapped accessible.


Arts Associations


Fluvanna Arts Council

P.O. Box 154 Ph 434-842-1333

Fork Union, VA 23055

Background
Fluvanna Arts Council, formed in 1993, brings quality live entertainment to the people of Fluvanna County and surrounding communities at the 270-seat Carysbrook Performing Arts Center on Route 15 between Palmyra and Fork Union. A typical season, September to May, includes about a dozen performances ranging from Shakespeare to light opera to jazz and folk music. During February, Tea and Tympani, Sunday afternoon music series, comes with tea and cookies. The council woks with local educators to welcome bands, orchestras and ensembles from the Armed Forces in order to stimulate interest in military careers among high school students and other young people.

Program Offerings
* Season Series, September to May, students and teachers are offered discounts to performances.
* Sunday Afternoon Music Series, Tea and Tympani, presented in February.
* In 2001, Fluvanna Arts Council will offer a $500 scholarship for college/university study in the performing arts to a Fluvanna County High School senior.
* Fluvanna Youth Arts Festival, one Saturday each spring, is held at Fluvanna County Community Center.

Audience
All ages, may vary according to program.


Scottsville Council for the Arts

P.O. Box 919 Ph 434-286-6000
Scottsville, VA 24590

Background
The Scottsville Council for the Arts is a non-profit organization promoting the arts in Scottsville. Call 434-286-6000 for monthly updated arts and entertainment information.

Program Offerings
* Rhythm on the River-free concerts on Sunday evenings during the summer months.
* Christmas Concert/Show and Art Exhibition.
* Visual Artists in Action-a day to come and paint Scottsville!
* Horseshoe Bend Players-community theater performances in the Victory Theatre.
* Quarterly Newsletters

Fees
Annual membership: $10.

Audience
Ages 8 to 88 years.


Shenandoah Valley Art Center

P.O. Box 907 Ph 540-949-7662

600 W. Main Street Fax 540-949-0399
Waynesboro, VA 22980 E mail SVAC@cfw.com

Background
The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Inc. was opened in 1986 to offer area residents and visitors a place to enjoy and participate in a diversity of the arts through exhibits, performances, workshops and classes. This all-volunteer community art center includes galleries, classroom and four studios. Exhibits include art works by members and invited artists. Music, drama and other performances are scheduled from time to time. Exhibits change monthly. Art instructors are sponsored in the public schools.

Program Offerings
* Sundays at the Center-performances
* Artists’ Workshops

* Children and adult art classes
* Judged Art Shows and Biennial Regional Art Show
* Bus trips for members

Fees
There are fees for workshops, bus trips and some classes.

Audience
All Ages.


Staunton Augusta Art Center

20-22 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401
540-885-2028
info@saartcenter.org
www.saartcenter.org

Background:

Founded in 1961, the Staunton Augusta Art Center is a non-profit art center with a two-fold mission: 1)to make the creation and appreciation of art accessible to all and 2)to support artists by providing them exhibition, sales, and teaching opportunities.

Programs
High quality gallery exhibitions (6 per year)
Classes, workshops, gallery talks, and lectures at various times throughout the year
Summer Studio: 24 different, week-long art classes offered to youngsters 4-15 years of age
Art in the Park: usually Memorial Day weekend in Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park
Art for Gifts: a holiday shopping experience mid-November through December with 100 artists and artisans represented.

Fees:
All exhibits and Art in the Park are free and open to the public. There is a charge for classes.

Audience:
Everyone including area residents and tourists to the area. Handicapped accessible.


Windmore Foundation for the Arts

P. O. Box 38

Culpeper, VA 22701
540-727-8777
email: info@windmore.org
Website: www.windmore.org
Contact: Marty Moon, Executive Director

Background
The mission of Windmore Foundation of the Arts is to be a well-established, financially sound, creative foundation for the arts through the promotion of community involvement, education and an artist friendly environment within the Piedmont area in Virginia. The goal is to keep the arts alive in the community and events include: programs and contests for writers; art activities and shows for artists; 17 years of Art in the Park summer art classes for students; Windmore Community Theater series for adults and productions for youth. Programs are staffed by a dedicated group of community volunteers and funding comes from the community, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Program Offerings
* Brown Bag Poetry Contest held between January and April for Orange, Madison and Culpeper County elementary students.
* Children’s Theater workshops and productions for students: ages 8-18, family audiences.
* Art in the Park: summer art classes for ages 6-8 and 9-12.
* Community Theater Season of three shows.
* Scholarship to area student pursuing art degree in college
* Annual Art Show

Fees

Vary according to the event.

Audience
Pre-school to adult.


Wintergreen Performing Arts, Inc.

P.O. Box 816 Ph 804-325-7282

Nellysford, VA 22958
Contact: Sarah McCracken

Background
Wintergreen Performing Arts, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation established to enhance the quality of life of the communities of Central Virginia by providing cultural education and promoting the understanding and appreciation of, as well as participation in, the performing arts.

Their annual music season includes the Summer Music Festival of concert series, the Wintergreen Festival Academy-Summer Music School and concerts in the spring and fall months. Past concerts and themes include classical and jazz music, family concerts, percussion exploration, fold music, junior and senior banjo and fiddle contests and African American contributions to American music. Wintergreen Performing Arts Education Mission is to provide enhancements to and support for arts programs in Nelson County Public Schools.

Program Offerings
* Annual Summer Music Festival I=includes both Classical and Jazz & Pop Series of Concerts at the John D. Evans Center and Rockfish Presbyterian Church.

* The Wintergreen Festival Academy–Summer Music School, is attended by students, ages 16-24, from across the country. For two or three weeks, students take lessons play in chamber ensembles and perform with academy faculty in the festival orchestra and the Festival Chamber Music Concerts.
* The School Program provides workshops, master classes and performances, selected by teachers, for school classes.
* A January Library Month Program is offered to the schools.

Fees
Vary according to events. Concert tickets $15 for adults, $10 for lawn seating; tickets $5 for students ages 6-12; free for children age 5 and under when accompanied by an adult.

Audiences
All ages, depending upon events.