The Center was recognized for its work in advancing the synergy of arts and education through effective partnerships with schools, and won the prestigious Dominion ArtStar – Rising Star Award 2014 for its Student Matinees & Artists in Schools Program. Only two arts organizations throughout Virginia are presented with this honor each year.
About 35,000 people visit the Center annually. Approximately 10,000 of these visitors are youth under the age of 18.
Approximately 650 artists participate each year at the Center.
Annually, the Center hosts about 30 professional performances, 6 gallery exhibits including 2 student art exhibits, a speakers series, free concerts and several movies in partnership with Suffolk Tourism. New this year, the Center will host casual events “Downstairs at the Center” featuring a comedy show and a county music dance.
The Center collaborates with many partners to bring free and relevant programs to our community.
The Center offers over 100 classes and workshops annually and 4 summer camps: Music Camp, STEAM Camp in partnership with Sylvan Learning and Theater & Art Camps offered in partnership with Young Audiences of VA.
The Center focuses on youth arts education and annually hosts field trips for over 5,000 students to see 8 or more student matinees keyed directly into their SOL’s.
The Center takes visiting artists to the schools and community venues through the “Artists in Schools” program.
The Center donates back to the community through scholarships, grants for use of the building and absorbs costs to offer free or discounted programming.
The Center is housed in a historic landmark – 1922 building.
The Center has a $1.2 million budget; over 40% of income is from private donations.
The Center provides a platform for local students and school orchestras to perform before professional shows.
The Center offers quality art exhibits for student field trips and Student Art Exhibits.