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Lynchburg Beacon of Hope Presents: HOPEx The Power of Education to Transform Lives

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Historic Academy Theatre
March 25 @ 7:00 pm



HOPEx is a live speaker event designed to inspire new approaches to bridging the poverty gap through post-secondary education and training. In a TEDx type format, each presenter will provide their unique perspective on how education acts as a catalyst for change. Speakers will give idea-focused talks to provoke conversations surrounding the power of education. Guests will leave informed, challenged, and motivated to affect change in their community.


Speaker Slate: • Claiborne Deming – Chairman of Arkansas-based Murphy Oil Corp • Valerie Gregory – Retired Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Director of Outreach at UVA • Cainan Townsend – Director of Education and Outreach at the Moton Museum and grandson of a plaintiff in Brown v Board of Education • Walter Virgil – Chief Executive Officer, Get Fresh and Live. Advocate fighting the incarceration epidemic • Hank Hubbard and Dr. Owen Cardwell – Mr. Hubbard graduated from a segregated Dunbar High School and Dr. Cardwell was a member of the first class to integrate E.C. Glass High School.


In addition to the powerful speaker slate, a handful of Beacon of Hope graduates will perform short vignettes showcasing their talents and highlighting the opportunities Beacon of Hope has provided them.


HOPEx is brought to you by the generous support of our sponsors. Spotlight Sponsors include BWX Technologies, Inc., Centra Health, Framatome, Innovative Wireless Technologies, and Heartwood Capital Management. Our Signature Sponsor is U.S. Pipe and our Friend Sponsor for the event is Piedmont Community Health Plan.



Note that the event producer and Artist may change dates, times, and/or venues depending on the current COVID-19 environment. Ticket buyers will be updated by the Academy Center of the Arts staff, should any change to schedule or venue occurs.


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Health & Safety Guidelines

In order to protect those in attendance, enhanced safety measures and protocols will be in place including contactless digital ticketing, face masks are recommended for patrons, face masks required for staff and volunteers, and all Academy staff are fully vaccinated. To learn more about health and safety guidelines at the Academy Center of the Arts, visit academycenter.org/health-safety-guidelines/.






General Admission: $60.00 plus taxes and fees



For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.


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Age Requirement

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this performance unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome.

Camera Policy

Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask that you show our designers and visiting performers some love by crediting them (and by tagging us) in your social media posts.

Content Advisory

The Academy Center of the Arts offers a diverse selection of entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every guest or for all ages. Ticket buyers should take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding their purchases. We recommend visiting the official show website of each show you are coming to see at the Academy. If you ever have questions about the content or appropriateness of a show, please contact us at [email protected].

Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time. House doors open 30 minutes prior to show time for seating.

Inclement Weather

All indoor performances scheduled at the Academy Center of the Arts normally take place as planned unless otherwise stated.


Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg. The parking map above shows all of the free public and paid parking available. In addition, street parking is also available on most streets.


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Please note: If attending an event or performance after 5pm or on weekends, Lot 2 (Pacific Life Lot) and Lot 12 (Regional Business Alliance) are free and open to for public use. We suggest utilizing these lots, which are closest to the Academy Center of the Arts and within walking distance.

Ticket Policies

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Our delivery methods are as follows:

Print at Home: This option allows you to print your tickets at home or access them on a mobile device via email.

Box Office Pick Up: You may stop by our Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, and have us print your tickets for you.

Will Call Pick Up: If your tickets are being held at Will Call, you can collect them inside the lobby at the Box Office counter.

All tickets for this show will be sold through academycenter.org and our ticketing system. Please do not use third-party resellers, as we do not contract with them. Should you use a reseller, the Academy Center of the Arts will not be liable for any issues with your purchase.

All ticket sales are subject to a Historic Theatre Restoration Fee and credit/debit card processing fees.


Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Contact Mallory Booker, [email protected], for more information.



Historic Academy Theatre
March 25 @ 7:00 pm