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CultureWorks announces $111,000 in grants to Richmond area organizations, artists

The nonprofit has awarded grants to 11 area organizations and 10 local artists who help make Richmond a more vibrant place.

Trevor Dickerson



This week, CultureWorks, a local nonprofit that supports the arts and aims to increase access to programming, announced 11 organizations and 10 professional artists were funded through the 2017 cycle of the organization’s annual grants program. These grants support a variety of projects and experiences and focus on two distinct areas–building capabilities and cultural equity.

Cultural equity is a new focus area for the group in 2017. A goal of the organization is to ensure everyone in the community has access to arts and culture, and the opportunity to express their culture through the arts. The cultural equity grants are supporting organizations and artists producing arts and culture initiatives that reach underrepresented populations in the community.

“CultureWorks’ mission is to drive a vibrant community by inspiring, enabling and cultivating world-class arts and culture,” Scott Garka, President of CultureWorks, said in a statement. “To achieve that, arts and culture must be for our entire community. Investments through our new focus area are supporting innovative approaches to bringing arts and culture to our community, and have inspired new collaborations for our region.”

Awards totaled $111,966 and were made possible through Altria Group, The Community FoundationFM Solutions LLC, and individual donor Vivian Keasler.

The Community Foundation has partnered with CultureWorks for many years and was pleased for the first time to support the CultureWorks Grants program using the TCF Community Arts Endowment to further promote cultural equity and accessibility in the Richmond and Tri-Cities region,” Sherrie Brach Armstrong, President & CEO of The Community Foundation, said. “CultureWorks is doing an exceptional job of bringing all forms of art and culture to neighborhoods throughout our community. They are supporting artists and organizations, established and new, all of which promotes cultural vibrancy, one of the focus areas of The Community Foundation.”

2017 grants


  • Afrikana Film Festival
  • Art for the Journey
  • Art on Wheels
  • Classical Revolution RVA
  • Dogtown Dance Theatre
  • Embrace Richmond
  • Hanover Tavern
  • Latin Ballet of Virginia
  • Richmond Jazz Society
  • Virginia Voice
  • WRIR Richmond Independent Radio


  • Ram Bhagat
  • Ross Browne
  • Alicia Dietz
  • Andrea Donnelly
  • Free Egunfemi
  • Kevin LaMarr Jones
  • Aaron McIntosh
  • Barry O’Keefe
  • Cassandra Reyna
  • Eva Rocha

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.