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Virginians for the Arts Announces 2014 Dominion ArtStars Award Winners

Virginia arts organizations recognized for excellence in arts education

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginians for the Arts (VFTA), in partnership with the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, Inc., is proud to announce the winners of the 4th Annual Dominion ArtStars Awards.

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s Space of Her Own (SOHO) program is the winner of the statewide Shining Star award, while the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts’ Student Matinees & Artists in Schools program received the statewide Rising Star award.

Regional Shining Star award winners include: ART 180, Richmond; Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, Kilmarnock; and McLean Project for the Arts.

The 2014 awards celebrate arts and education in the community, recognizing arts organizations that best demonstrate and advance the synergy of arts and education. These awards emphasize the contributions
​of arts organizations through their partnership and collaboration with schools across the Commonwealth.

“The judges were impressed with the quality of the programs offered by this year’s winners and praised the partnerships they have developed, especially those that are instrumental in reaching under-served students,” said VFTA President John “Butch” Davies, III. “According to a study by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, students benefit from the skills taught through study of the arts – self-discipline, teamwork, creative thinking, and problem-solving.”

Through the generosity of Dominion, a longtime supporter of the arts in Virginia, cash prizes of $5,000 for each Shining Star winner and $1,000 for the Rising Star winner will be presented at upcoming celebration events being held later this fall.

“We are honored to join VFTA in recognizing the contributions arts organizations in the Commonwealth are making to education,” said Hunter Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation.