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Richmond Good Life :: Volunteering :: Arts and Culture

Richmond Virginia (VA) Arts and Culture

Here is a comprehensive list of Arts and Culture volunteer opportunities.

Name Description
African American Repertory Theatre Virginia's Premier African American Theatre Company 
Amaranth Contemporary Dance Amaranth's mission is to create three-dimensional visceral experiences, while revealing kinetic imagery in order to shape space. Through dynamic athleticism and dexterous craft, the work looks inward to question our existence and our humanity --- allowing visual, experential moments to linger in our consciousness, while satisfying the soul's desire to move and to be moved. 
The American Youth Harp Ensemble The American Youth Harp Ensemble strives to use Music Education as a means to develop children by developing programs and performance opportunities for youth, regardless of financial means, and utilizing the harp as a catalyst for personal growth and community service. 
Appomattox Regional Governor's School ARGS is the only full time governor's school in the state devoted to the arts and technology. Our unique environment helps over 330 students (grades 9 through 12) excel in our numerous areas of focus. 
The Arts Council of Richmond Partners in the Arts is an innovative program designed to integrate the arts into the K-12 curriculum through partnerships among participating schools divisions, independent schools, artists' organizations and the community in the Metro Richmond area. Initiated by The Arts Council of Richmond, the program was established with funding from The National Endowment for the Arts. 
Artspace @ Planet Zero Artspace is a nonprofit gallery for the visual and performing arts, promoting the understanding and awareness of contemporary art. 
ART 180 ART 180 creates and provides art-related programs to young people living in challenging circumstances, encouraging personal and community change through self-expression. Our group is based in Richmond, Virginia.
ART WORKS Our mission is to provide an excellant art center: a place where artists are open and free to have fun and create! It is our goal to make art available to Richmond collectors, buyers and the public and to provide a warm, open environment for artists and patrons. 
Bainbridge Art Center The 10,000 square foot Bainbridge Art Center is equipped with 22 working artist studios of varying sizes, a 1800 square foot Main Gallery space, an Outdoor Garden Work Area, restrooms, kitchenette, and Special Events Space for art classes and exhibitions. 
Barefoot Living Ministries  At Barefoot Living Ministries, practical life skills which conform to Biblical principles are uniquely taught through the Fine Arts.
Barksdale Theater Barksdale Theatre has been providing central Virginia with entertaining and challenging theatre for over 50 years. 
Carpenter Science Theatre The Carpenter Science Theatre Company is made possible by a generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the Anne Carter Robins and Walter R. Robins Jr. Foundation.
Chamberlayne Actors Theatre To produce quality theatre using professional and apprentice artists to entertain the Richmond community’s diverse audiences in a friendly, comfortable, and affordable setting.
Christian Youth Theater Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts education program for children ages 6-18. CYT’s mission is to produce quality, wholesome, family entertainment and to reflect Judeo-Christian values through training in the arts. 
ComedySportz Improv Theatre ComedySportz is the worldwide sensation that is bringing hilarious, fast-paced, clean comedy to you. 
The Community Idea Stations (NPR and PBS) The Community Idea Stations are a family of public broadcasting stations (PBS and NPR) owned by Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation that work together to strengthen communities, empower families and inform citizens throughout central Virginia.
Concert Ballet of Virginia The mission of The Concert Ballet of Viriginia is to foster an appreciation of classical and contemporary dance by staging affordable full-scale productions at convenient locations throughout the state, while providing excellent training and challenging creative opportunities within a professionally-mounted dance company. 
The Creative Arts Space The Creative Arts Space is a safe, supportive, and nonthreatening space that promotes inner healing and wellness through the use of the creative arts. We intend to offer an environment free of judgement that nurtures relaxation, self-expression, and empowerment. A variety of materials are available to cultivate the creative arts therapy process. 
Crossroads Art Center
Welcome to the Crossroads Art Center, a Fine Art and Crafts Gallery located in heart of Richmond, Virginia. Crossroads Gallery of Art and the art center together represent over 200 local artists featuring original paintings in watercolors, oils, acrylics, and pastels as well as drawings, photography, sculptures, mosaics, glass works, pottery and jewelry
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen  The Center is the only regional facility to provide access to the performing, visual and literary arts through performances and classes
Da Capo Institute Founded in 2006, the Da Capo institute offers musical training in a community based, passion driven approach via choruses, private instruction, coaching, small ensembles and public performances. 
Destiny Center for the Performing Arts  Destiny Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is a ministry affiliate of The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church. Incorporated in 2003, DCPA was formed to help people to grow in the understanding, appreciation, knowledge and support for the creation and presentation of the performing arts as a means to touch the world with love. 
dim sum dance
Dim Sum Dance is under the artistic direction of choreographer Julie Mayo. Largely influenced by her study of Skinner Releasing Technique™ with Joan Skinner and Stephanie Skura, Mayo creates collage-like dances that shape intuitive impulse into visceral, often unpredictable, worlds inhabited by movement and gesture. 
Elegba Folklore Society Elegba Fokllore Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization that offers a variety of services in cultural arts programming and communications. Providing educational opportunities through the arts, its purposes are to bring to communities a deeper understanding of the rich diversity of its own cultural traditions and to encourage participation in those traditions. 
Firehouse Theatre Founded in 1993, The Firehouse Theatre Project produces contemporary theater of the United States in an authentic urban space - the 101-year-old former Station House #10 of the Richmond Fire Department.
First Fridays Art Walk/Curated Culture  First Fridays is held on the first Friday of each month, rain or shine, generally between 6:00 – 10:00 pm. 
This unique cultural event showcases Richmond's thriving arts community, focusing on the diverse arts and cultural venues located along the Historic Broad Street Corridor. 
Greater Richmond Chorus The Greater Richmond Chorus (GRC) of Sweet Adelines International (SAI) is a community-based, nonprofit organization of women singers dedicated to advancing the musical art form of barbershop a cappella four-part harmony through vocal and showmanship education, performance, competition, and community service.
Ground Zero Dance Company Ground Zero Dance Company was formed in the spring of 2000 by three choreographers and one dancer/administrator, with a goal of enriching and broadening the modern dance scene in Richmond and Central Virginia. Ground Zero's mission is to bring modern dance to a wider and more diverse audience by maintaining an ongoing dialogue between the company and the community, through the production of new work and regular public educational and participatory opportunities.
Hanover Arts and Activities Center

A public non-profit community arts, education, and activities center housed in a beautiful historic building in Ashland, VA.

HATTheatre Founded in 1993 HATTheatre is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) production company, a member of Richmond's professional fringe theatres, with two related aims: the first is to offer Richmond audiences quality theatre, performed by the area's most talented and dedicated artists, in our intimate 70 seat black-box; an effort to connect the audience to the performers in a way larger venues cannot do.
Haunts of Richmond  Haunts of Richmond is a haunted attraction that brings local ghost stories and legends to life. We combine the thrills of a traditional haunted house with the chills of knowing that the stories we depict are based on actual ghost stories, legends and dark history associated with the Historic Richmond Region. Our mission is simply to thrill and chill our customers more than any other live entertainment source.
Henley Street Theatre Company Through a diverse ensemble of actors, directors, writers, and designers, Henley Street Theatre Company will be at the forefront of cultivating the artistic landscape of the Richmond community and beyond.
JAMinc JAMinc is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation formed by music lovers of various musical and professional backgrounds aimed at bringing fine non-mainstream music to Richmond in both pure entertainment and educational settings, and supporting talented musicians of all ages in various ways.
Jessica Morgan School of Dance Jessica Morgan School of Dance provides a quality dance educational program for over 1,000 students at two locations including performing/competition companies. Classes are offered for ages 2 to adult... Beginning to advanced levels.
Latin Ballet of Virginia Latin Ballet of Virginia is a Non-Profit Performing Arts Organization dedicated to preserve and promote The Latin American and Spanish cultures, by performing for diverse audiences in North and South America for charitable and educational purposes. The Company provides professional training to its dancers and students and enhance the community by offering high quality educational programs through dance.
Living Word Stage Company

To establish a permanent theatrical institution in Richmond Virginia’s African - American community that is committed to providing a full season of theatrical programming which illuminates African-American experiences. 

Modlin Center for the Arts Opened in October 1996, the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond features state-of-the-art performance venues, galleries, studios and classrooms.
Montpelier Center for Arts and Education The Montpelier Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization, committed to providing educational opportunities, and encouraging participation in the arts and creative expression for all ages. Our vision is to enhance Central Virginia’s cultural experience by offering a greater diversity of quality programs.
Neighborhood School of the Arts To contribute to the nurture of the whole person and to strengthen community through participation in arts experiences. Neighborhood School of the Arts will offer quality arts experiences in the greater Richmond area and endeavor to make its classes accessible to those with limited financial resources.
One Voice Chorus One Voice, an inter-racial community chorus in Richmond, Virginia performs excellent choral music and provides artistic and educational resources to promote the work of racial reconciliation. Through its music, membership and outreach programs, One Voice works toward healing and racial reconciliation between Americans of African and European descent.
OPUS Performing Arts Society  OPUS Performing Arts Society is an organization for young Richmond creatives and professionals who want to see the performing arts thrive in our region. As supporters of the area performing arts, OPUS works to broaden knowledge and interest in our local groups as well as the vision of strengthening the area's role as a center for culture and creativity.
Perceptions Dance Company Perceptions is a semi-professional dance company whose mission is to empower, inspire and invigorate dancers who will change your perception of dance. Whether on stage or off, the company is electrifying, explosive and bound to get you on your feet and dancing all the way home. 
Performance Events  The Festival’s series of concerts is entering its ninth year in Richmond thanks to the generous donation of the musicians’ time, The First English Lutheran Church concert venue, and the endless work by numerous volunteers and donations from music lovers like you.
Petersburg Regional Art Center The Petersburg Regional Art Center in Old Town Petersburg had its Grand Opening and first show July 18th, 2003. The center has a large gallery for our monthly juried All-Media Show, 70 artist's studios, and the Mezzanine Gallery where we host six Single-Artist shows a month, 132 N. Sycamore Street.
Pine Camp Arts and Community Center  Pine Camp Arts & Community Center offers a variety of fine arts and special interest programs. From dance and theatre to arts and crafts, to self-improvement classes and workshops. 
Richmond Art Cheerleaders  The Art Cheerleaders, based in Richmond, Virginia, are a group of artists that use cheerleading as a medium for satirical, political and social commentary on the arts and their place in our society. 
Richmond Ballet Center For Dance  Richmond Ballet was founded in 1957 by local dance enthusiasts as a performance outlet for students in local dance programs. It existed for more than twenty years as a small, civic company until 1975 when the School of Richmond Ballet was created. 
Richmond Boys Choir   All Richmond Boys Choir prospects must audition for membership consideration. Auditions are open to boys ages 7-17 years and are held all year at locations throughout Richmond and in the surrounding countries. 
Richmond Concert Band We are the Richmond Concert Band in Richmond, Virginia; a diverse but united adult community band intent on providing both a quality and challenging musical experience for its members while providing quality performances for its audiences.
The Richmond Forum The Richmond Forum presents distinguished journalists, heads of state and speakers who are internationally known and who are the foremost authorities in their field. The Forum is recognized as the premier public forum in the United States. The Richmond Forum produces educational programs that offer citizens opportunities to discuss and explore the political, cultural, and economic trends and issues that shape and affect our lives and our communities today. 
Richmond Indie Radio

Richmond Indie Radio is a fresh new voice, on the air since January 1, 2005.. We broadcast music you DON'T hear on the radio dial with LIVE LOCAL DJ's doing REAL LIVE SHOWS. In addition to our locally produced music shows, we offer a wide range of National and Local news programming that covers issues unrepresented by other media.

Richmond Jazz Society VIRGINIA JAZZ is brought to you by the Richmond Jazz Society, Incorporated (RJS). RJS is a nonprofit corporation (tax exempt under Sec. 501(c)(3) IRC) created to educate the public regarding the historical development and significance of Jazz music, with a special emphasis on young musicians and young audiences; to be a valuable resource/referral and support center for Jazz in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and, to promote the advancement of Jazz as an American art form via activities such as performances, lectures, workshops, and exhibits.
The Richmond Men's Chorus The Richmond Men’s Chorus is a voluntary, not-for-profit community chorus organized to provide the opportunity for men to sing together. The primary purpose of the RMC is musical excellence for education, enjoyment, and cultural enrichment of our audiences and ourselves.   
Richmond Moving Image Co-op The Richmond Moving Image Co-op supports independent media artists and enthusiasts by providing public screenings, classes, workshops as well as access to equipment, information and resources.
Richmond Philharmonic The Philharmonic, one of a handful of member-run orchestras in America, has been presenting concerts to Richmond audiences for more than 30 years. The orchestra was organized in 1972 by Milton Cherry, professor of music at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Cornelia Henderson, violinist, concert-mistress and first president, as The Richmond Community Symphony Orchestra which was shortened to The Richmond Community Orchestra when the organization incorporated. In 1989 the name was officially changed to the Richmond Philharmonic, Inc. 
Richmond Shakespeare Richmond Shakespeare plays indoors from October to April in the very Elizabethan chapel at 2nd Presbyterian Church, with free parking in an attached garage. Imagine!! ---free parking downtown! Walk right into the theatre from the garage. A fully 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Richmond Shakespeare is celebrating twenty-two years in the heart of Virginia. 
Richmond Symphony Orchestra We, the Richmond Symphony, will be the organization to which our community will turn for outstanding and innovative concert experiences of symphonic music of all kinds. We will make every effort to educate, and be educated by, our constituents. We pledge to engage our community, to sustain and build the relationship among the musicians and our audiences, and to perform with an intensity and passion unlike that of any other orchestra. 
Richmond Triangle Players  Since our beginning RTP has performed in the intimate cabaret space on the upper floor of Fieldens, a well known Richmond private club. Fieldens has been our host, providing space for performances, rehearsals, storage, and many other of their facilities since our beginning. The clubís generosity and courtesy has been a major contributor to our early and continuing success. This generosity has included allowing us use of the space when not needed for club activities, while requiring us to make a modest reimbursement for some maintenance and utility costs. Learn more about this important resource for our community. Your support of Fieldens will allow us to continue to enjoy our relationship.
SPARC SPARC inspires young people, ages 5-18, to reach their full potential through quality training in the performing arts. SPARC helps young performers develop life skills and responsibility, and helps Richmond grow its future leaders.
Starr Foster Dance Project Starr Foster/Dance Project, formed under the direction of Starrene Foster, is a gifted and powerful group of performers, as well as teachers and choreographers. The Project was created not only as a performing company, but a group that inspires, educates, and enlightens the general public, young and old, through performances, instructional workshops and lectures about dance. 
Swift Creek Mill Playhouse In December 2005, Swift Creek Mill Theatre celebrated its 40th anniversary as a Richmond and Tri-Cities institution. We’ve come a long way since the Callahans, the Rubins, and the Richardsons took a 300-year-old grist mill and turned it into an intimate space for the production of so many splendid theatrical experiences. Four decades and more than 300 productions later, the Mill is still going strong in its historic location. The theatre operates year round and accommodates 246 people. We currently produce five mainstage shows and four youth theatre productions each year, including world-premiere musicals and one-of-a-kind children’s shows developed and written in-house. The playhouse also hosts a youth summer theatre camp. 
Sycamore Rouge

Through providing an arts venue in Old Towne Petersburg, it is the mission of Sycamore Rouge: To promote creativity on stage through theatre, music & cinema, and in the audience through the creation of an environment that fosters creativity. To revitalize a neglected downtown area. To strengthen the community through communal arts experiences. To stimulate the hearts and minds of the community. To educate the community by exposing it to new arts experiences.

SynerGeo SynerGeo is a 501 (c) (3) organization. The mission of SynerGeo is to enrich the lives of children and families through the arts, education, and cultural awareness. Our vision is to partner with struggling communities in order to empower people to live in community with mindfulness, compassion, and creativity.
Theatre IV Theatre IV is VA's largest professional theatre and one of Richmond's largest nonprofit arts organizations.
Theatre VCU  For over 60 years, students have distinguished themselves in all areas of performance and production under the banner of Theatre VCU—the Department of Theatre's self-contained production company. 
The department offers its tradition of quality education and training in acting, design, technical theatre, stage management, and theatre education/pedagogy. With an intensive and highly individualized approach, the department offers classes and studio work that provide ample opportunity for students to refine their craft and define their career objectives. 
VCU Dance The mission of the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Dance and Choreography is to create an invigorating educational environment in which students experience the demands and challenges of a professional career as an artist in the field of dance. The program provides students with numerous opportunities for individual artistic growth in a community setting where communication, mutual respect and self-motivation are encouraged.
VCU Music VCU Music presents more than 200 concerts and recitals each year, from student recitals and ensemble performances to performances by world-renowned artists. 
Virginia Opera Virginia Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation and is the only company to perform regularly in three separate main stage venues. In addition, Virginia Opera reaches more than 200,000 students and community members each year through its impressive variety of innovative Education and Community Outreach Programs.

Virginia Performing Arts Foundation / CenterStage


The Virginia Performing Arts Foundation will develop and operate affordable facilities, services, and programs of the highest quality, in a fiscally responsible manner, for the benefit of the people and performing arts institutions of the Richmond Region and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Virginia Performing Arts Foundation™ was formed six years ago to bring a new performance center to center city Richmond. Over the past six years, through fundraising, planning and development, the Foundation has brought CenterStage™ to life. 
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond  The Visual Arts Center of Richmond engages the community in the creative process through the visual arts. Use our site to discover the art classes, events and art exhibitions through which you can explore your creative spirit. 
VSA arts of Virginia VSA arts of Virginia promotes the arts, education, and creative expression, involving children and adults with disabilities, thereby strengthening the human spirit and improving the quality of life for all.
Weinstein JCC Community Theatre  The Weinstein JCC’s Jewish Family Theatre is the only Jewish Theatre in the Richmond area. It helps to meet the cultural needs of the growing Jewish community in Richmond and surrounding areas, by producing theatre with Jewish content. 
Yellow House Productions Yellow House is dedicated to bringing unique works of theatre and film to the Richmond area and beyond. With this in mind, Yellow House produces only new works of film and plays that have not premiered elsewhere in the world. We are interested in producing cutting-edge entertainment as part of the educational experience, fostering, and nurturing emerging artists within our community. 
Young Audiences of Virginia  Young Audiences of Virginia, is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1955. From its humble beginnings in Norfolk with a single string ensemble and a handful of volunteers, Young Audiences of Virginia has grown to over 130 professional artists serving the entire state. As the largest arts-in-education organizationin Virginia, we supply educators with a powerful teaching tool at every level. 


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