Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission

Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission The commission's mission is to increase citizen access to the arts by providing leadership, advocacy and support for art that enriches the cultural vitality of our community.
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The objective of the Fine Arts Commission is to make or arrange for studies on the needs of the cultural groups and citizens of Chesapeake for public cultural facilities; to act as a coordinating body for the various fine arts groups within the City; to promote participation in and appreciation of the fine arts throughout Chesapeake.

Operating as usual

Meet Commissioner Mark Warack. His day job is as Vice President for C2 Technologies where he is responsible for producin...
03/18/2021

Meet Commissioner Mark Warack. His day job is as Vice President for C2 Technologies where he is responsible for producing online educational products and aircrew training for the military. Some of his time is spent as a Commissioner for the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission.

Mark considers “everywhere” as his official hometown as he grew up as a US Air Force dependent. As a resident of Chesapeake, he considers his current hometown to be a nice quiet, little/big city which is great for raising a family.

“I enjoy the Arts and want people to understand how they touch every aspect of our daily lives, not just what people typically think of as "the Arts"--museums, Opera, but it is Star Wars, rock concerts, and graffiti, too,” said Mark. “As a Commissioner, I want to help get the word out on activities in the city and as mentioned above change people's perceptions of what the #Arts really entails.” When asked what’s the best kept secret, as far as fine arts, in #Chesapeake, Mark answered, “Shakespeare in the Grove---a great idea and introduction to plays, done exceptionally well, and truly born and hosted in Chesapeake.”

Mark holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy. We truly appreciate his service to our commission as well as to our country.

Arts for Learning Virginia
03/17/2021

Arts for Learning Virginia

Calling all performing and teaching artists who want to learn how to better engage students in a virtual setting. Register for this free professional development seminar led by our own Sheila Arnold and two other artists who will introduce you to tools and resources you can use in a virtual environment. Feel free to share with other artists who may be interested. Sign up here: https://artsforlearningva.simpletix.com/e/65308?fbclid=IwAR2D578ST0T-5N5GmTCca9WrJUQP_IWnowuumfJDixB-ezTvoTu4680CbGc
Arts for Learning San Diego, an Affiliate of Young Audiences
Virginia Commission for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Norfolk ARTS
Virginia Beach Arts
Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission

02/16/2021
Virginia Children's Chorus

Press play.

A virtual performance by all four VCC choirs and students from the Norfolk State University Concert Choir. All audio and video was captured by the singers and instrumentalists in their own homes in December 2020. Posted February 2021

“We Are One” music and lyrics by Brian Tate. Text adapted from Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Copyright © 2008 by JEHMS, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Virginia Children’s Chorus:
Carol Thomas Downing, founder & Artistic Director / Director of the Choristers & Concert Choir
Sarah Haigh, Director of the Training Choir
Dr. Matthew Russell, Director of the Chamber Singers

Norfolk State University:
Dr. Harlan Zackery, Jr. – Director of the Concert Choir
Terry Butler – Assistant Director of the Concert Choir

Guest Instrumentalists:
Orion Burke, bass
Joseph McLeod, percussion

Choral Tracks, piano accompaniment (Matthew Curtis, CEO)
Alexandra Curinga, video production and editing
Michael Broadhurst, audio production and editing

Here's to hoping your world and your Valentine's Day are not just "eh."
02/14/2021

Here's to hoping your world and your Valentine's Day are not just "eh."

How can we NOT share something as fabulous at this from The Art Newspaper!!
01/22/2021

How can we NOT share something as fabulous at this from The Art Newspaper!!

Mark Rothko on How to Be an Artist
01/19/2021
Mark Rothko on How to Be an Artist

Mark Rothko on How to Be an Artist

The beloved Color Field painter left behind wisdom on what it takes to be an artist, from channeling childlike instincts to taking ego out of the equation.

It’s time... get ready... share the news!!
01/02/2021
It's Time for Virginia Children's Chorus Auditions!

It’s time... get ready... share the news!!

Virginia Children’s Chorus Do You Know a Child Who Loves to Sing? Tell Them About Auditions for the Virginia Children's Chorus! January 2021 Audition Dates Saturday, 1/9/21 Monday, 1/11/21 Tuesday, 1

01/01/2021
Virginia Arts Festival

Virginia Arts Festival

Extraordinary. Powerful. Mind-blowing.

See the immersive, interactive virtual production of The Journey with illusionist Scott Silven.

Buy your tickets here >> https://bit.ly/3l5tLwW

12/31/2020

Bring in the New Year with some music!!

Hermitage Museum and Gardens
12/29/2020

Hermitage Museum and Gardens

You may recognize his famous ‘Mother’ painting or breathtaking ‘Nocturne’ paintings, but did you know James Abbott McNeill Whistler also helped revive the art of etching in the 19th century?

Our next exhibition, opening January 16th, includes more than sixty etchings by Whistler and ten of his contemporaries from Britain, France, and America. Explore his gritty images of the River Thames and views of Venice and Paris alongside stunning portraiture and lyrical expression that comes only from the spontaneity of etching.

Whistler & Company: The Etching Revival
http://thehermitagemuseum.org/whistler-co-the-etching-revival/

Please share this post with others who may be interested or just share it in general. This is a fantastic organization a...
12/29/2020
It's Time for Virginia Children's Chorus Auditions!

Please share this post with others who may be interested or just share it in general. This is a fantastic organization and we need to support their efforts! Thank you.

Virginia Children’s Chorus Do You Know a Child Who Loves to Sing? Tell Them About Auditions for the Virginia Children's Chorus! January 2021 Audition Dates Saturday, 1/9/21 Monday, 1/11/21 Tuesday, 1

12/25/2020

Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Head down to City Hall on Cedar Road tonight and check out the light show.

Virginia Arts Festival
12/23/2020

Virginia Arts Festival

Our Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music, Olga Kern has a gift for you, our loyal fans and followers: a virtual piano concert, free for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home!

Watch the Olga Kern concert here:
https://virginiaartsfestival.uscreen.io/

We send good tidings and happy wishes this holiday season and please know how grateful we continue to be for your support!

*Note - this photo was taken during our 2019 season.

Virginia MOCA
12/22/2020

Virginia MOCA

Register soon to join us TODAY at 4PM! FREE online program for families with children ages 3-8.

December 22: Being Yourself
This week we will look closely at "Axe" by Nate Lewis, an artwork from our current exhibition Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black and Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art, and read "I Like Myself" by Karen Beaumont.

Looking to Learn: Art and Storytime
Dec 22, 4PM
Register in advance: https://bit.ly/3762xCI

#LookingtoLearn #VirginiaMOCA #reading #art
ViBe Creative District Virginia Beach Arts Visit Virginia Beach

Virginia Stage Company
12/17/2020
Virginia Stage Company

Virginia Stage Company

Check out this article about the rehearsal process of this year's A CHRISTMAS CAROL in The Virginian-Pilot online. (Then head over to vastage.org/acc20 to reserve your in-person or streaming ticket. You don't want to miss this whimsical take on our favorite holiday tradition!

Don’t miss the chance to get your tickets. You don’t want to miss out and be part of Christmas Past!
12/11/2020

Don’t miss the chance to get your tickets. You don’t want to miss out and be part of Christmas Past!

Have you gotten your tickets yet? Don't miss your favorite holiday tradition: A Christmas Carol at the Wells Theatre! Streaming and Live Performances are FREE (Thanks PNC!) so reserve your spot today. vastage.org/acc20

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
12/08/2020

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Announcing the first annual Restore the Wild Artwork Competition!

We welcome artists to create and submit an original piece of art that reflects Restore the Wild's mission--to create and restore natural habitats vital to the survival of Virginia's wildlife. The subject focus of the 2021 artwork competition is Virginia's imperiled turtles. The winning artwork will be used throughout 2021 to help promote Restore the Wild's mission. For more information and complete rules: https://dwr.virginia.gov/restore-the-wild/restore-the-wild-artwork-competition/

12/06/2020
Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Spread some holiday cheer by sharing this post with your friends!! #tistheseason

Are you wondering about Chesapeake’s new special event, Deck the Hall? Watch this quick video to learn more.

The laser light show begins tomorrow, December 5, from 6-9pm and runs nightly through December 20. Additionally, City Hall is shining brightly and decorated for the holidays through January 3, 2021, so you can drive through and enjoy the decorations outside of the laser light show event hours.

City of Chesapeake Government

Tidewater Community College and The Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission Present: Quarantine Radio Theatre and its presentati...
11/09/2020

Tidewater Community College and The Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission Present: Quarantine Radio Theatre and its presentation of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

Join us for one of two viewings on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 PM or 9:00 PM

The production is free and open to the public and streams for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes live via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/427787697336715

Don’t miss this culminating performance of the Arts and Humanities Pathway’s My Thoughts. My Voice. My Art. Fall 2020 series.
Learn more and preview the upcoming calendar of events at https://roper.tcc.edu/ and at https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ii5gkd9idryy43/TVA%20Calendar-low-res.pdf?dl=0.

Contact Paul Lasakow at the Roper Performing Arts Center: 757-822-1527/ [email protected] with any questions.

Check me out!!  I've enjoyed being part of the commission for a number of years now!!
10/15/2020

Check me out!! I've enjoyed being part of the commission for a number of years now!!

Meet Commissioner Thomas Retnauer.

• Where are you from: Long Island New York, specifically Smithown
• What’s your day job: Chief Visionary for Retnauer Baynes Associates, or more specifically President
• Why did you want to join the Commission: As I saw opportunities for the arts dwindling for Chesapeake students, through my daughters time at Hickory, I felt it was important that as a local business owner and lifelong lover of the Arts and Design, that I could help out my community by serving on the commission.
• What do you love most about the city of Chesapeake: The outdoor amenities that we have, throughout the city. I am amazed at how many parks we actually have that the majority of our residents are not aware of.
• What do you hope to help change at the Commission or in regards to Fine Arts in Chesapeake: My vision is to bring more opportunities to Chesapeake for our residents to enjoy a greater variety of art related events.
• Best kept secret, as far as fine arts, in Chesapeake: The best kept secret is the Fine Arts Commission. We’re at the forefront of bringing the Arts to #Chesapeake. Hope to see everyone out at some events when things start moving again. #community

Meet Commissioner Thomas Retnauer.• Where are you from: Long Island New York, specifically Smithown• What’s your day job...
10/14/2020

Meet Commissioner Thomas Retnauer.

• Where are you from: Long Island New York, specifically Smithown
• What’s your day job: Chief Visionary for Retnauer Baynes Associates, or more specifically President
• Why did you want to join the Commission: As I saw opportunities for the arts dwindling for Chesapeake students, through my daughters time at Hickory, I felt it was important that as a local business owner and lifelong lover of the Arts and Design, that I could help out my community by serving on the commission.
• What do you love most about the city of Chesapeake: The outdoor amenities that we have, throughout the city. I am amazed at how many parks we actually have that the majority of our residents are not aware of.
• What do you hope to help change at the Commission or in regards to Fine Arts in Chesapeake: My vision is to bring more opportunities to Chesapeake for our residents to enjoy a greater variety of art related events.
• Best kept secret, as far as fine arts, in Chesapeake: The best kept secret is the Fine Arts Commission. We’re at the forefront of bringing the Arts to #Chesapeake. Hope to see everyone out at some events when things start moving again. #community

Who's joining us this beautiful morning? We see @lisadwigginton in the crowd!!!
10/05/2020

Who's joining us this beautiful morning? We see @lisadwigginton in the crowd!!!

Mark your calendar for next week so you will not miss the upcoming Stayin’ Alive event in Chesapeake - hosted by the Virginia Opera. This free, outdoor concert offers a small, intimate performance to help re-introduce residents to the joy, beauty, and grace of live opera. Bring a picnic blanket, dress casually, and be prepared to hear the amazing vocal talents.

Monday, 10/5, 11am at Elizabeth River Park

https://vaopera.org/stayin-alive/

Mark your calendar for next week so you will not miss the upcoming Stayin’ Alive event in Chesapeake - hosted by the Vir...
09/28/2020

Mark your calendar for next week so you will not miss the upcoming Stayin’ Alive event in Chesapeake - hosted by the Virginia Opera. This free, outdoor concert offers a small, intimate performance to help re-introduce residents to the joy, beauty, and grace of live opera. Bring a picnic blanket, dress casually, and be prepared to hear the amazing vocal talents.

Monday, 10/5, 11am at Elizabeth River Park

https://vaopera.org/stayin-alive/

Thoughts on programs such as this? And.... go!
09/21/2020

Thoughts on programs such as this? And.... go!

Last week, the City of Richmond announced the first Richmond Poet Laureate Program! The Poet Laureate of Richmond will have the freedom to create and develop their own projects with the goal of promoting poetry throughout Richmond and providing hope and renewal to our community. The deadline to apply is November 5: https://rvapoetlaureate.org/

Thank you to the Chesapeake 9/11 Memorial team and the volunteers who came together on September 11th to ensure this ann...
09/21/2020

Thank you to the Chesapeake 9/11 Memorial team and the volunteers who came together on September 11th to ensure this annual day of remembrance continues on. May we #neverforget.

09/10/2020
Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism

We can’t all come together this year as we’ve done in the past but please take a quiet moment on Friday to remember in their honor. Thank you.

9/11 Day of Remembrance

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1224 Progressive Drive
Chesapeake, VA
23320

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Are you doing something great at home? How are the arts helping you?
So The Arts came out OK in appropriations. Only 5 mil down from last year!!
Great news in that the National Endowment for The Arts will receive the majority of its funding from Congress!!