Through specific arts programming, the Academy Center of the Arts looks to provide educational resources and community enrichment through arts initiatives to our underserved population. This art activity is multifaceted. Some of the programming serves as an educational resource, some improve public safety and sparks economic development, but all improve the quality of life for our local community.
The following are a sample of the programs included in our Community Engagement and Access initiatives:
Altavista YMCA Summer Programming
The Academy collaborated with the Altavista YMCA to have an arts week during their summer programming. As part of the week, we hired instructors to facilitate activities such as dance, improv, spoken word, and song writing. Children were also able to attend a field trip to the Academy for a play. Overall 250 children were impacted.
Black History Month Celebrations
The Academy is partnering with local organizations to execute programming to celebrate Black History Month. We plan to have four events this winter, and we expect the number to grow in the coming years. This celebration will allow the Academy to improve relationships and have dialogues with leaders to help ensure that our organization is inclusive for all.
The Academy annually provides its Joy and Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre to allow over 100 elementary and middle school students the opportunity to perform various string instruments. This event serves as a fundraiser for city-wide string music and concert programs.
Education Tuition Discounts
The Academy Center of the Arts is privileged to be able to offer discounts towards our education programs for members of the Greater Lynchburg community. The education program at the Academy Center of the Arts provides transformative artistic experiences, and the Education Access Program allows new and returning students of all ages and backgrounds to gain access with the assistance of discounts at various levels. To learn more, visit this link.
Potters donate handmade bowls served with soup and bread. All proceeds are donated to Daily Bread, a Lynchburg organization dedicated to feeding the poor. We were able to raise $8000 by selling 436 bowls and 23 vases in 2017.
Monthly gallery openings, free to the public that have food and music. The Academy is exploring ways to better engage youth at these events through the use of activity sheets designed to educate children about the exhibits.
Hill City Keys
This public program allows students to transform pianos into visual works of art placed around Lynchburg. This year three pianos will be permanently placed in indoor public spaces – one painted by E.C. Glass in the lobby of the Community Health Center; one painted by Heritage High in the lobby of Lynchburg Regional Airport; and one painted by local artist Sallie Sydnor for the lobby of Lynchburg General Hospital. The remaining pianos were painted by Lynchburg College, CVCC, Lynchburg Christian Academy, New Vistas, Brookville Middle, and E.C. Glass.
Healthy Snacks and Cinema
The Academy screens a monthly children’s film. A representative from the Virginia Cooperative Extension teaches a nutritional lesson, provides healthy snacks, and shares nutrition information packets. The program works with youth from groups like the community centers, Boys & Girls Club, and the Jubilee Family Development Center.
Kids Out Loud
Third and fifth-grade students at RS Payne Elementary School write and perform songs with the help of two singers/songwriters. Students learn how to creatively collaborate with their peers. The program ends with a final performance in front of friends and family.
Discounted Facility Rentals
The Academy Center of the Arts’ mission is to serve our community through arts and culture. To ensure the accessibility of our organization and our facilities, we have created an application for non-profit organizations, groups, and individuals who are unable to afford our standard rental rates. The Academy Center of the Arts has limited funding to provide discounted rentals, so we will do our best to provide discounts for those who truly need it.To learn more, visit this link.
Plates and Paints
The Academy Center of the Arts partners with the Virginia Cooperative
The Academy Center of the Arts partners with area schools to bus in students for on-site performances, classes, demos, and more.
In our commitment to making arts and culture accessible to all, the Academy Center of the Arts’ Community Ticket Access Program expands discounted ticket access to those in our underserved communities for whom the cost of a full price ticket is a barrier. By providing discounted blocks of tickets for Academy presented performances and events to community organizations in our community, we will build on our commitment to sharing arts and cultural experiences and strengthen the bond of our community. To learn more, visit this link.
YMCA of Central Virginia’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program
The Academy collaborates with our local YMCA’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program. Over six weeks, the Academy provides arts enrichment classes. This allows for youth from Altavista, Amherst, Appomattox, and Lynchburg to receive free arts education. The program has grown from 150 to 177 youth.