In 2017, prior to opening the historic theatre, the Academy Center of the Arts served over 40,000 individuals. Over the years, our unwavering commitment to enriching lives through the transformative power of the arts has remained steadfast. As we stand here today, we are proud to announce that this year, we are poised to serve nearly 120,000 people in Central Virginia. With your support, we’re setting our sights on an exciting new milestone: to extend our reach and impact to 150,000 people in 2024.

You can play a pivotal role in helping us achieve this goal and make a meaningful difference in the lives of even more people in Central Virginia. Your generosity transcends mere financial contribution; it’s an investment in the cultural accessibility and community connectivity that the Academy brings to Central Virginia.

Through our performances, workshops, and arts access programs such as Academy in Motion, we can work together to provide a more interconnected community.  

As our 2024 Artist-in-Residence, Phinees Robert, eloquently puts it, “Art is the melody that harmonizes cultures, transcending borders and time. It’s the timeless composition that echoes in our hearts, connecting us through the universal language of creativity.” This beautiful melody requires your active participation to create and sustain the cultural infrastructure and community-building arts programs that the Academy offers not only in Central Virginia but beyond.

By supporting us, you’ll be contributing to a healthier community by promoting individual well-being, fostering social connections, and stimulating Lynchburg’s economic vitality through the arts. Join us in making a difference. Your gift before December 31 will have a lasting impact.

To donate to the campaign and renew or become a member today, click the link below.

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Did you know, membership through donation has its perks for YOU and your community!

  • Members Concessions Line
  • Ticket Access Priority
  • Concessions Discounts (Level 3+)
  • Elizabeth and Michael Harrington Members Lounge invitation (Level 4+)

Learn more about the levels of membership & perks!


If you are currently an Academy Member, a reminder that our membership program was condensed to a twice-yearly appeal. If your 2023 annual Membership expires on June 30, 2024, you will be asked to renew your membership for our Spring Appeal in 2024. Wondering when your membership expires?  Reach out to us by email at [email protected] or 434-528-3256 ext. 116