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Art for All!

We love when you come visit us at the Cultural Arts Center for classes, performances, gallery openings, meetings, shopping, and your special occasions! But we also like to get out into the community to bring classes to any and all folks with the space and desire to make art.

Art Matters! – Kids Programming

We have developed classes for public libraries, after school programs, girl scout and boy scout badges, and recreation departments, to name a few. With plenty of space for individual creativity, kids learn how to use a variety of art materials, sharpen their problem-solving skills, form foundations in color and design concepts, gain self-confidence, and develop a healthy risk-taking attitude. In the wake of art cuts in school budgets, we are here to offer kids fun and educational supplementary sources for these fundamental platforms and outlets.

- We‘ve teamed up with the Henrico County Police Athletic League (PAL) afterschool program to offer weekly activities for 120 kids who opt in at the beginning of the school year. In association with PAL, we also offer a summer camp program for kids interested in learning more about art, theater, music, nutrition and much more!

- Collaborating with Saint Edward Epiphany School, we offer a “Kaleidoscope of Art” afterschool program for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Donation Request:
We are in need of supply donations for our upcoming PAL After School Art Matters Program. You can make a huge impact and give the gift of art by donating any of the below supplies:

- Construction paper
- Drawing paper
- Tacky glue
- Pencils
- Soft pastels
- Soft pastel pencils
- Tissue paper - multi colors
- Acrylic paint in plastic bottles or tubes
- Watercolor paints

To make a donation, simply contact our Arts Outreach Coordinator Cindy Rinker at ArtsOurReach@artsglenallen.com or 804-261-6205 today.

Artful Living – 55+

We know you boomers are having a blast in retirement, and busy, too! So let us bring the art classes to you, right in your own neighborhood.  Recreation and activity centers of 55+ communities provide the perfect setting for painting, mosaic, ceramic, jewelry, music, and other classes. We know getting those creative juices flowing helps improve all areas of life!

Current Locations:

  • Lucy Corr Village
  • Senior Connections Henrico Friendship Cafes
  • Pemberton at University Park

Art Off the Wall - Teambuilding!

Kicking it up a notch, we are taking corporate team-building to a whole new level. Facilitated by one or more artists, our team-building workshops are some of the most unique and exciting, and will open the creative and innovative floodgates of just about any team!  On-site or off, these activities are designed to inspire maximum creative energy in groups of all sizes and are tailored to meet the needs of the team.

  • Lego Art – Legos are all the craze and we bring them to life with creative designs and challenges!
  • Maximum Exposure Wall Art – Teams create a finished fine art piece on 30”x 48” canvas using paint and collage techniques.  Finished pieces can be donated to a local charity or hung in the workplace. (Yes! They will be that good!)
  • Tie-dye – Who doesn’t like to tie-dye?  Shirts, socks, hats…..back to the 70’s we go!
  • Fine Art Scavenger Hunt – Work in small groups to discover fine (and maybe not-so-fine) art found on-site or off.
  • Design Challenge – Teams give second-hand furniture a 2nd life with color, hardware, and reconstruction! The final pieces can be donated to a local charity or placed in the workplace.
  • Altered Runway – Altered clothing is all the rage. Teams work together to create fashion wonders (or fashion blunders!) ready for the runway.  With fabrics, paints, lace, ribbon, bling, and more, an ordinary shirt will be transformed!

Family Art Dinner

"Because nothing works without supporting each other... it's the new FAD!"
FAD is a program that the center has developed with community partners to bring parents and children from emerging and at-risk communities together for dinner and art workshops.  With our partners, we provide a relaxed, creative, and fun environment for families to share a meal and play together. The meals are nutritious and delicious, and the art projects are simple and varied enough for all ages.

Art Heroes!

Thank you to all of our generous and amazing partners, sponsors, donors, and volunteers who make it easier to bring art to everyone! Please think of us when considering your endowments!

Art for You!

For more information on any of the programs listed above, or to have something created just for you, contact Cindy Rinker at artsoutreach@artsglenallen.com

Youth Arts Programming

Glen Allen Library Spring Pots and Seeds

In the midst of glue and paint and soil and water, the air was filled with excitement and the joy of planting and painting.  We had a great time with parents and children of all ages in the Creative Pots and Plants program this spring.  Clay pots were collaged and painted, seeds were planted and watered, and families left the program with spray bottles and future marigold gardens in hand!

Lighthouse Project - BB&T

Thank you to BB&T for selecting the Art Matters PAL After School Program as a 2017 project recipient. 45 BB&T volunteers and 225 students built garden boxes together this spring.  This means that 1375 pieces of wood were cut, 1800 screws were driven, and 225 boxes were sanded, built, and filled with soil, marigolds and radish seeds.  Awesome project!!

PAL After School Program and Summer Camp

Year-round "Art Matters" programming for the Henrico Police Athletic League Youth Program.  During the school year, we visit three different PAL school sites once a week providing visual arts activities and classes.  Every Friday during the summer months, PAL provides transportation to the CAC for up to 60 campers for our summer camp program.

Donation Request:
We are in need of supply donations for our upcoming PAL After School Art Matters Program. You can make a huge impact and give the gift of art by donating any of the below supplies:

- Construction paper
- Drawing paper
- Tacky glue
- Pencils
- Soft pastels
- Soft pastel pencils
- Tissue paper - multi colors
- Acrylic paint in plastic bottles or tubes
- Watercolor paints

To make a donation, simply contact our Arts Outreach Coordinator Cindy Rinker at ArtsOurReach@artsglenallen.com or 804-261-6205 today.

Stagecraft

A combination of performance, stage-creations, and costuming, StageCraft brought theater to our after school programming.  Stage 3C directed the 15-week program.

Adult Arts Programming

Friendship Café

The CAC brings visual arts programming to five Friendship Café locations throughout the year in the Greater Richmond area.

Lucy Corr Village

The CAC provides visual arts classes for Lucy Corr's Assisted Living, Health Center, and Adult Day programs.  Coming Soon: Gallery walls at Lucy Corr with original artwork by Lucy Corr residents and program participants.

Play it Forward - Aging Together

Seniors and pre-schoolers coming together for art and movement!  We are so fortunate to have been invited to provide the visual arts component for this multi-generational event.  Play It Forward is an annual event sponsored by a number of organizations in the Greater Richmond area: Family Lifeline, Senior Connections, Caremore, and Henrico County, to name a few.

RMHF Teambuilding

An exciting team-building event with the Leadership Team of Richmond Memorial Health Foundation.  Creativity was flowing as the team collaboratively produced a large acrylic painting that currently hangs in the RMHF office.

Say hello to some of our 2017 PAL students who have graced the cover of our new season brochure!

Meet the "cover girls"...

Aniyah A., Laburnum Elementary School
Aniyah W., Adams Elementary School
Chyna M., Harvey Elementary School

Why are you so passionate about art?

Chyna: I'm passionate about art because it's fun and you get to show your creativity. Art means I get to express my feelings and when I'm happy."a

Aniyah: "Art keeps me occupied and I enjoy it. It's a way to enjoy yourself and to help kids."a

Aniyah: It's fun to do and "Art makes me feel happy."

Faves:
Chyna: I like to make slime and play with my geckos.
Aniyah: flowers, self-portraits, animal sketching
Aniyah: painting, drawing, dancing, sketching

Ways to Give

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen relies upon the generosity of friends, corporations, foundations, the County of Henrico and its Board of Directors to provide first-rate programming to the greater Richmond community at affordable prices.  The Center is the only regional facility to provide access to the performing, visual and literary arts through performances and classes.  As a registered 501(c)3 organization, contributions to The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen are tax deductible to the extent of the law.  Gifts of any amount increase the quantity and quality of artistic opportunities available to the community.  Donations may be made by cash, securities or credit card and can be made in a single payment or in installments.

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