“Thank you Virginia Arts Festival for arranging to have the Harlem String Quartet come to Deep Creek Middle. As a cellist who has played everything from Mozart to metal- I support a mission to diversify classical music! My students had a wonderful time listening to improvised Latin dances, a Mendelssohn string quartet and a final jazz number! The best part- my orchestra students rehearsed their music with wonderful musicality and POSTURE all day!”
The Rhythm Project: Our Original Artists in Residence.
The Rhythm Project is a world percussion ensemble dedicated to the nurturing of self-esteem through individual and cooperative achievement. Virginia Arts Festival founded the Rhythm Project in 1996 and now there are 10 groups including the premier performing ensemble, the All-Stars.This community engagement program has grown to deeply impact over 200 students each year and 99% of the students who have graduated as members of the All Stars have continued onto college or the armed forces.
Set the Stage.
Once, you were the future. The world had big dreams for you. The world asked you to rise to the challenge and make a difference, and you did. You ventured out into the world – inspired. You made something of yourself while helping those around you. You lead by example, inspiring others to strengthen our community and make it a better place. That’s why we are asking you to the support the next generation of inspirers and doers; to turn around and share some of that passion with those who will come after you. We are asking you to help us set the stage for future generations by donating to the Virginia Arts Festival Artist in Residence Program.
Your Donations at Work. This education program inspires local public school students with world-class performers who not only perform for the public during the Festival season but also reach children over an extended period, providing each student the opportunity to learn and grow together in the arts. Past Artists in Residents include Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Shakespeare Company, Miami String Quartet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and many more.
Amplify Your Impact. We want this program to continue permanently. Your gift will allow us to offer world-class education programs to local students through our Artist in Residence program in perpetuity. A group of investors who believe in this program have provided a matching gift and we need your help! Donations will be matched dollar for dollar. In addition, every donation from a first time donor will be met with another $100 donation on top of the match. There has never been a better time to join the Virginia Arts Festival family. Let's work together to set the stage for the next generation.
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All donations will be matched dollar for dollar. Donations from first-time donors will be met with an additional $100!
Here’s how it works:
$50 donation (existing donor) = $100
$50 donation (first time donor) = $200
Your gift will be doubled through our Community Challenge, plus an extra $100 if you are a first time donor.
Your $25 gift will be doubled to $50 through our Community Challenge, plus an extra $100 if you are a first time donor.
Your $50 gift will be doubled to $100 through our Community Challenge, plus an extra $100 if you are a first time donor.
Your $100 gift will be doubled to $200 through our Community Challenge, plus an extra $100 if you are a first time donor.
Your $250 gift will be doubled to $500 through our Community Challenge, plus an extra $100 if you are a first time donor.
Your $500 gift will be doubled to $1,000 through our Community Challenge, plus an extra $100 if you are a first time donor.
Your $1,000 gift will be doubled to $2,000 through our Community Challenge, plus an extra $100 if you are a first time donor.
Middle School Orchestra Director
Elementary School Music Teacher
“The students and faculty at Salem Elementary would like to thank the Virginia Arts Festival for providing a wonderful assembly with Charlotte Blake Alston. Our students were engaged and entertained by Charlotte’s stories. Many of our students do not have the opportunity to hear a live storyteller and it was a challenge for them to visualize as Charlotte expertly delivered each story. What a necessary skill for developing readers! We are grateful that Charlotte provided this type of experience and hope that it encourages our students to discover the joy of reading and storytelling.”
Band Director at Northside Middle School
“The New England Conservatory Brass Quartet playing was top notch (of course) but also very appropriate to their audience. As a middle school urban teacher I so appreciate their careful programming. Thank them also for taking the time to personally answer questions, do some private demonstrations, and just hang out and talk with the students about their careers in music.”
12th Grade Student
“My favorite part of The Tempest was Ariel—not only did she greatly impress me with her acting, the simultaneous speaking with the flag twirlers was a great effect. The trip related to learning because of our constant study of Shakespeare and the relationships between music and performance.”
Teacher at Park Place Elementary School
“Before our students arrived to the cafeteria, they could already hear the lovely music, which they thought was a CD. The students were amazed by the performance so much so that they were silent for the entire hour. Members of the quartet were kind and patient. They answered all of the students’ questions and obliged their special song requests. They even took the time to sign a few autographs. All of our students take violin, so they enjoyed being able to see professionals. The quartet went over and beyond expectations. We felt like they truly enjoyed our students—something every school administrator and teacher hopes to feel.”
Teacher at Saint Patrick Catholic School
“I thought that the Quinteto Latino showed a perfect student-friendly assembly; the explanations were succinct, the music selections short enough to keep the students interested and entertained, and the emcee was skillful in his intros and patter. “