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WorldClass® Education

The Virginia Arts Festival offers unparalleled opportunities to explore the beauty and power of the arts with your students while inspiring you to enhance and expand your approach to teaching. Choose special student matinee performances to share the thrill of live performance in a theater or concert hall, then incorporate the experience into class discussions and projects that open your students' minds to new ways of learning, or schedule in-school performances or workshops that bring our renowned artists into your school to share their talents, their knowledge, and their experiences with your students.

The Virginia Arts Festival is committed to making the arts accessible to all students throughout our region. Thanks to generous donations from corporate sponsors, grant organizations, and individual donors, these programs are provided at a significantly reduced price. We will work with you in helping to find funding sources and scholarship options that will enable your class to participate in these unique cultural opportunities.

Interested schools or groups should contact education@vafest.org or call 757-282-2801.


Corporate Foundation and Government Supporters

Generous support has been received from the following cities and counties and/or their Arts and Humanities Commissions: Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg.  The WorldClass Education Program is supported in part by: The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, American Borate Company, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bank of America, Business Consortium for the Arts, Capital Group Companies, Clark Nexsen, The Dalis Foundation, D. Baker Ames Charitable Foundation, East Beach Institute, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Friedrich Ludwig Diehn Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Leah S. Wohl Musical Arts Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Newport News Shipbuilding of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Nordstrom, ODU Hixon Community Engagement Fund, PRA Group, Queen of Virginia Skill & Entertainment, Ruth Brown Memorial Foundation,  SunTrust, Tidewater Children's Foundation, USAA, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Wells Fargo.