Serving metro Richmond and the Tri-Cities, CultureWorks values diversity and inclusivity and believes everyone in our community should have access to arts and culture, as well as the opportunity to express their culture through the arts. Our vision is a vibrant region through empowered artists and arts and culture organizations. We will accomplish this through providing grant opportunities, deepening access to communities with barriers, increasing the capacity of small and medium-sized organizations and individual artists, and the promotion of events to the public.
CultureWorks partnered with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities to design a phased workplan in alignment with our strategic goal to foster Cultural Equity across our region. The workplan enables CultureWorks to identify and advance both our organizational (internal) and community-wide priorities regarding cultural equity and we are now executing on that workplan to integrate Cultural Equity into all our programming, including those listed above.
Non-financial Assistance to Artists and Organizations
CultureWorks offers professional development opportunities to increase capacity and infrastructure for artists and small to mid-size organizations with topics such as grant writing and application assistance, resource development and collaborations.
Annual Grants Program
The annual grants program is focused on building artist and organization capabilities as well as promoting cultural equity. CultureWorks and its funding partners have invested over $1,000,000 through over 300 grants since 2009. Priority is now given to applicants from underrepresented communities. See details and grant guidelines at https://richmondcultureworks.org/grants.
Arts and Culture Calendar
The Arts and Culture Calendar serves as a primary source of cultural information and opportunities for activities throughout the region; it also promotes access to the arts across the region, as it identifies free events which mitigates the barrier of cost; the calendar serves as the source for weekly emails communicating top picks and discount offers for cultural experiences across the region.
artoberVA is a free marketing avenue elevating awareness and participation in our region's abundant arts and culture community by (historically) highlighting more than 1,500 events from every genre, by numerous organizations and artists through the creation of a common brand and unifying message for organizations and artists to use during the month. artoberVA also provides an opportunity to reach a broader audience, while still retaining the greatest individual strengths of each artist/organization. Another key component of artoberVA is our collaboration with the Better Housing Coalition to provide arts activities in under-served neighborhoods across the region.
Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium
CultureWorks administers the Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium, which, through funding from the City of Richmond and the counties of Hanover and Henrico, historically provides over $400,000 annually in critical operating support to 13 large and small non-profit arts and culture organizations. Many of the organizations supported through the Consortium have outreach programs through the local school systems to provide arts and culture experiences for K-12 students as well as other outreach programs in underrepresented communities.