Dominion Energy ArtStars Awards


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The Dominion Energy ArtStars Awards recognizes arts organizations in Virginia that best demonstrate the ability to advance the synergy between arts and education in the community. These awards celebrate the contributions of arts organizations through their partnership and collaboration with schools and communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Award Parameters

The Dominion Energy ArtStars Awards celebrate arts education in the community. Organizations providing arts education to students of all ages in Virginia may apply for consideration.

One Shining Star Award ($10,000 each) may be awarded in each of the five Virginia regions to an organization with (i) a qualifying arts and education program and (ii) an annual budget of less than $1 million.

Recent Award Recipients

Studio Two Three

Studio Two Three of Richmond for their art education programs for youth and emerging artists of all ages. The program offers field trips for local schools, residency for low-wealth artists, and S23 To-Go, a mobile printmaking and photography studio on wheels. Studio Two Three is committed to growing the vibrant Richmond art community.

Depot Artists Association

Depot Artists Association of Abingdon for their education programs that teach weaving, collage, innovative watercolor, acrylic, oil painting, quilting, carving and beading. The program also works directly with special needs students in the community. Appalachian Stitches and Quilting Bee Classes continue the education of quilting while celebrating the regions history and heritage.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra of Alexandria for their Sympatico program at Title I Public Schools. This El Sistema-inspired program is committed to providing high-quality music education for students. Sympatico increases music opportunity for underrepresented minorities and at-risk youth at no cost to the school or their families.

Lime Kiln Arts

Lime Kiln Arts of Lexington for their music programs in their community. Lime Kiln Arts offers a Summer Concert Series and children’s play at their outdoor amphitheater. The Music in the Schools program educates children on Appalachian Music and Dance.

Sandler Student Audience

Sandler Center Foundation of Virginia Beach for their educational matinee program highlighting Title I schools. Over 14,000 students will attend an educational matinee at the Sandler Center or at their school through partnership with Richmond Ballet. Matinee content includes STEM, Natural History, Literature, History, Multi-Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies, Biography, Music, Dance, and Character Education (perseverance, values, self-esteem, and behavior awareness).