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Dominion Energy ArtStars

The Dominion Energy ArtStars awards recognize arts organizations in Virginia that successfully combine arts and education in their 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.

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September 1 – Applications Open

October 31 – Applications Close

December – Winners Notified

Recent Award Recipients

Todd Rosenlieb Dance

Todd Rosenlieb Dance (Norfolk) –

for its “Mixed Abilities in Motion” (MixMo) program that offers dance education and therapy to children with special needs including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. MixMo also offers broader education programs and outreach through both virtual and in-person performances.

Dogtown Dance Theatre

Dogtown Dance Theatre (Richmond) –

for its resource programs for striving professional artists. Through both in-person and virtual options, the group engages schools and provides programming for students of all ages with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio (Arlington) –

for its wide array of creative theatre arts education programs, including productions with its pioneering leadership model for young people. It also offers the Flip the Script program highlighting African-American voices and many educational classes and camps, with outreach to underserved children with community partners.

Charlottesville Ballet

Charlottesville Ballet (Charlottesville) –

for its programs that offer dance education and scholarships to all ages in programs such as Adaptive Dance and Movement for Parkinson's, students with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other developmental, intellectual, and movement disabilities. The studio also provides free programming in public schools.

Clifton Forge School of the Arts

Clifton Forge School of the Arts (Clifton Forge) –

for its service to a rural, low-income community with lack of access to arts education by working with local artist-teachers to provide a variety of programming spanning many mediums.

Judging Criteria

Entries must address each of the following criteria in order to be considered. Strong entries will include detailed, specific examples of how your organization meets these criteria and documented program evaluation and impact measures.

  1. Arts Education Program — Contributions, Merit and Innovation
    • Describe how your organization engages students in your community. Include program name(s), core elements, types of students involved, outcomes, etc.
    • Describe your program(s) in terms of its artistic merit (the perceived quality or value of program content and its participating artists and educators).
    • Describe your use of innovation and/or adaptation during the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e., new technology, new teaching methods, art therapy, saves/sustains resources, etc.).
  2. Extraordinary Community Impact
    • Describe how your program addresses the needs of your community.
    • Describe what changes you have made during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to each your community.
    • Provide specifics about the impact your organization has on the community (economic statistics, revitalization efforts) and how it lifts our spirits/enhances the community (e.g.,cultural, economic improvements).

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