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.

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.

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Meet Commissioner Amy H. Massey. Amy is from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and has lived in Chesapeake for 15 years. She work...
11/18/2021

Meet Commissioner Amy H. Massey. Amy is from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and has lived in Chesapeake for 15 years. She works for Chesapeake Public Schools and has been at Hickory Middle School for 15 years. Amy enjoys the arts and her three children all participated in band and went on to marching band in high school and college. “I have thoroughly enjoyed going to plays with my parents, being an usher at several venues in Detroit, and attending countless school concerts to watch my children,” said Amy. “When my kids were off to college I wanted to stay connected to the arts in some way, which is why I joined the commission five years ago.”

Amy stated that “Chesapeake is very family oriented, very friendly, and I love how there are neighborhoods mixed with country land and small farms. However, there are not any large concert halls or performing art centers in Chesapeake, so that limits what performances come to our city.” She believes that, “There have been positive changes since I joined the commission, such as the summer concerts/food trucks in the new City Hall park, the June art fair (which will happen again in April). In addition, we have received an increase in grant money from the city and have introduced different venue possibilities to several performing groups. I am optimistic we will continue to see an increase in performances in Chesapeake, which will be the cherry on top of all the benefits of living in Chesapeake.” We like the way you think, Amy and are proud to have you as one of the commissioners of the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission.

Pictured: Amy and her husband

Meet Commissioner Amy H. Massey. Amy is from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and has lived in Chesapeake for 15 years. She works for Chesapeake Public Schools and has been at Hickory Middle School for 15 years. Amy enjoys the arts and her three children all participated in band and went on to marching band in high school and college. “I have thoroughly enjoyed going to plays with my parents, being an usher at several venues in Detroit, and attending countless school concerts to watch my children,” said Amy. “When my kids were off to college I wanted to stay connected to the arts in some way, which is why I joined the commission five years ago.”

Amy stated that “Chesapeake is very family oriented, very friendly, and I love how there are neighborhoods mixed with country land and small farms. However, there are not any large concert halls or performing art centers in Chesapeake, so that limits what performances come to our city.” She believes that, “There have been positive changes since I joined the commission, such as the summer concerts/food trucks in the new City Hall park, the June art fair (which will happen again in April). In addition, we have received an increase in grant money from the city and have introduced different venue possibilities to several performing groups. I am optimistic we will continue to see an increase in performances in Chesapeake, which will be the cherry on top of all the benefits of living in Chesapeake.” We like the way you think, Amy and are proud to have you as one of the commissioners of the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission.

Pictured: Amy and her husband

Supporting the arts is not always a financial action. Please consider donating gently used art supplies and musical inst...
10/27/2021
Giving – Tidewater Arts Outreach

Supporting the arts is not always a financial action. Please consider donating gently used art supplies and musical instruments to the Tidewater Arts Outreach. Every bit helps!
https://tidewaterartsoutreach.org/giving/

It takes a village to bring the healing power of the arts to your community. Michas Polish Dance Troupe performing at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Virginia Beach. Donate Your Cash Gift Symphonicity performing in Virginia Beach Donate Art Supplies or Old Instruments Flower Power workshop with Newman...

Photos from Arts for Learning Virginia's post
10/25/2021

Photos from Arts for Learning Virginia's post

10/15/2021

Learn more about our flute soloist featured this weekend in Concertino for Flute & Orchestra by Cécile Chaminade! Tickets on sale now at symphonicity.org

Amber Kidd has held the position of Principal Flute in Symphonicity for over 25 years, and is also principal flutist for the Tidewater Winds, as well as performing with various chamber ensembles. She has also performed with Virginia Symphony, Virginia Todi Music Fest, Millennium Symphony, Tidewater Dinner Theater, and Opera New York. Raised primarily in Virginia Beach, she graduated with honors from James Madison University, earning a music performance degree. At JMU, she studied with Carol Kniebusch Noe, and earned the opportunity to perform in a Geoffrey Gilbert masterclass, as well as performing as a soloist with the Shenandoah Conservatory symphony orchestra. Although she has performed with many inspiring musicians over the years, she considers herself most fortunate to perform regularly with her longtime teacher and mentor, Frank Jones.

Many thanks to Thom and the Tidewater Pipes & Drums for being part of this important day of rememberance.
10/04/2021

Many thanks to Thom and the Tidewater Pipes & Drums for being part of this important day of rememberance.

Thanks to the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission for recognizing Thom Metz’s performance on 9/11. 🇺🇸

#TPDforHire #DeeplyRooted

Photos from Virginia Symphony Orchestra's post
09/29/2021

Photos from Virginia Symphony Orchestra's post

Be ready!!
09/06/2021
Registration – Chesapeake Spring Art Festival

Be ready!!

Want to show and sell you art in our 2022 show? The process starts here! Please fill out the form below and we will get the ball rolling! The registration form requests a website so that we can view samples of your work for the jury process. if you do not have a web site, you’ll need to send 5 pic...

Save the date. Don’t be late.
08/20/2021

Save the date. Don’t be late.

Save the date for Symphony Under the Stars on Sunday, September 5 at Chesapeake City Park. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a selection of music performed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. This event is free, food trucks will be on site to purchase refreshments.

Today we would like to introduce you to one of our commissioners, Efrem Graham. Efrem, who hails from Jersey City, New J...
08/18/2021

Today we would like to introduce you to one of our commissioners, Efrem Graham. Efrem, who hails from Jersey City, New Jersey, not only brings his love of the arts to the commission but he also covers the arts in his career as a journalist. “My day job requires that I report the news to readers and viewers around the world. And more specifically, I fix my focus on the entertainment world. I cover movies, music, dance and all aspects of the art world. Seeing and experiencing those things on a daily basis has deepened my love and appreciation for the arts community here at home. I happily volunteer my time to lend support to the growth of all art forms in Chesapeake,” said Efrem. “What I love most about #Chesapeake is its people. At every turn, I am surrounded by people who understand the importance of community. This is true in my neighborhood, the schools, church, the parks and more.”

Being a commissioner isn’t just about sitting in on monthly meetings, it’s about getting involved in your community and that is exactly what Efrem and the fellow commissioners strive to do. Efrem expressed that he hopes to help grow the arts in the city, specifically with getting public art integrated in projects throughout the city. Efrem continues to be impressed by what Chesapeake has to offer in the fine arts category. He expanded upon that comment by stating that, “folks might be surprised by the overwhelming number of places where children and adults can go to experiment and learn a creative art. I continue to uncover that secret every time my daughter expressed interest in trying some new #art form. Somehow, it is always only minutes away from our front door.”

We’re glad that Efrem found his way to the south, to our city, and to our commission. #finearts

Today we would like to introduce you to one of our commissioners, Efrem Graham. Efrem, who hails from Jersey City, New Jersey, not only brings his love of the arts to the commission but he also covers the arts in his career as a journalist. “My day job requires that I report the news to readers and viewers around the world. And more specifically, I fix my focus on the entertainment world. I cover movies, music, dance and all aspects of the art world. Seeing and experiencing those things on a daily basis has deepened my love and appreciation for the arts community here at home. I happily volunteer my time to lend support to the growth of all art forms in Chesapeake,” said Efrem. “What I love most about #Chesapeake is its people. At every turn, I am surrounded by people who understand the importance of community. This is true in my neighborhood, the schools, church, the parks and more.”

Being a commissioner isn’t just about sitting in on monthly meetings, it’s about getting involved in your community and that is exactly what Efrem and the fellow commissioners strive to do. Efrem expressed that he hopes to help grow the arts in the city, specifically with getting public art integrated in projects throughout the city. Efrem continues to be impressed by what Chesapeake has to offer in the fine arts category. He expanded upon that comment by stating that, “folks might be surprised by the overwhelming number of places where children and adults can go to experiment and learn a creative art. I continue to uncover that secret every time my daughter expressed interest in trying some new #art form. Somehow, it is always only minutes away from our front door.”

We’re glad that Efrem found his way to the south, to our city, and to our commission. #finearts

Don’t just “attend” the Virginia Opera… know before you go. Take this opportunity to learn more about these incredible a...
08/17/2021

Don’t just “attend” the Virginia Opera… know before you go. Take this opportunity to learn more about these incredible artists. #setthestage

We’re excited to welcome these incredible artists to Virginia Opera for Das Rheingold! Every season we’re blown away by the talented people who bring the shows to life and this one is no exception. Please give them a warm welcome!

Show info and tickets: vaopera.org/experience

Mark your calendars for tomorrow morning!! Fun in Chesapeake!!
08/12/2021
Magic Library

Mark your calendars for tomorrow morning!! Fun in Chesapeake!!

Discover magic at your library!

Mark your calendars and reserve your seats for "The Earth Remembers," on August 13, 14, 15 at the Wells Theatre . Hosted...
08/06/2021

Mark your calendars and reserve your seats for "The Earth Remembers," on August 13, 14, 15 at the Wells Theatre . Hosted by: Public Works Virginia, Virginia Stage Company, and NSU Theatre Company.

Mark your calendars and reserve your seats for "The Earth Remembers," on August 13, 14, 15 at the Wells Theatre. Hosted ...
08/06/2021

Mark your calendars and reserve your seats for "The Earth Remembers," on August 13, 14, 15 at the Wells Theatre. Hosted by: Public Works Virginia, Virginia Stage Company, and NSU Theatre Company.

Head on over. Getting ready to start.
07/24/2021

Head on over. Getting ready to start.

Join A4L storyteller Dylan Pritchett for "Essential African Threads" today at 2 pm at the South Norfolk branch of Chesapeake Public Library. Free entertainment and learning for the whole family!
https://events.chesapeakelibrary.org/event/5252884
Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission

07/22/2021

Pay respect to our military, history, freedom and our country! "Battles on the Homefront" honors those who fought for our rights. From The Battle of Great Bridge with the debut of Chris Palestrant's new composition; to McArthur's speech at West Point! Music has inspired our military since the birth of our nation! Join Tidewater Winds as we thank our troops with music!

Thank you to Tidewater Arts Outreach for #givingback to our community. #teamwork
07/22/2021

Thank you to Tidewater Arts Outreach for #givingback to our community. #teamwork

Let's pull a Marty McFly and time travel a bit. #backtothefuturereference #throwbackthursday

Top left: First ever socially-distanced program in March 2020. The WoodWind Project played for Cedar Manor Assisted Living Center from the outside with a microphone to carry the sound to residents inside.

Bottom right: SeamLess Bands playing for the community of Westminster Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay. Still outside, but no glass and the microphones are only needed because so many people got to be part of it!

We've come SO far. And you are advancing the healing power of the arts all the time, no matter the circumstances, when you support Tidewater Arts Outreach.

“Some Enchanted Evening” is what you’ll hear and what you’ll have if you come out to the Chesapeake City Park on Monday....
07/17/2021

“Some Enchanted Evening” is what you’ll hear and what you’ll have if you come out to the Chesapeake City Park on Monday. Check out this event. You won’t be sorry.

Experience a romantic and relaxing evening under the stars with Tidewater Winds free summer concert theme... "Some Enchanted Evening"! Enjoy the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein with Tidewater Winds Concert Band!

Get your pencils ready. Actually, this is so good, you should mark your calendars in ink!! Check out what’s going on aro...
07/15/2021
Hotter than July! - Arts for Learning Virginia

Get your pencils ready. Actually, this is so good, you should mark your calendars in ink!! Check out what’s going on around town. #Chesapeake #artislife

Free public programs by Arts for Learning artists happening in the next few weeks throughout Greater Hampton Roads.

Mark your calendars.
07/07/2021

Mark your calendars.

We invite you to join us at our 2nd Annual Art Show at the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways Museum.

Photos from Arts for Learning Virginia's post
07/01/2021

Photos from Arts for Learning Virginia's post

Today is the day !!!Art + Food + Music + Beer = you're welcome!The Chesapeake Rotary and the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commis...
06/26/2021
Live Music!Chesapeake Art Show | Chesapeake Art Show

Today is the day !!!
Art + Food + Music + Beer = you're welcome!

The Chesapeake Rotary and the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission have an amazing weekend planned for you! There will be an array of food trucks, over 30 artist booths and beer from all your favorite local breweries! Admission is free with beer tickets available for sale! We also will have a number of local area performers to entertain us musically! We have some amazing entertainment lined up!
Symphonicity
Tidewater Winds Concert Band
Cam Head and the Noisemakers
Mosaic Steel Orchestra
And many others! Come on out so you don’t miss out.

Live Music!Chesapeake Art Show

There’s still time left to enjoy Shakespeare in the Grove!!
06/26/2021

There’s still time left to enjoy Shakespeare in the Grove!!

Tidewater Community College’s Shakespeare in the Grove is back after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mistaken identities, romance, revelry and hijinks abound in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night or What you Will” on stage at TCC’s 24th Shakespeare in the Grove. 🎭

Sponsored by TCC and the #Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission, Shakespeare in the Grove includes free, outdoor public performances to be held June 23-27, starting at 8 p.m., weather permitting. You don’t want to miss this. #summerfun

Tidewater Community College’s Shakespeare in the Grove is back after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Mistaken iden...
06/05/2021

Tidewater Community College’s Shakespeare in the Grove is back after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mistaken identities, romance, revelry and hijinks abound in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night or What you Will” on stage at TCC’s 24th Shakespeare in the Grove. 🎭

Sponsored by TCC and the #Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission, Shakespeare in the Grove includes free, outdoor public performances to be held June 23-27, starting at 8 p.m., weather permitting. You don’t want to miss this. #summerfun

Tidewater Community College’s Shakespeare in the Grove is back after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mistaken identities, romance, revelry and hijinks abound in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night or What you Will” on stage at TCC’s 24th Shakespeare in the Grove. 🎭

Sponsored by TCC and the #Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission, Shakespeare in the Grove includes free, outdoor public performances to be held June 23-27, starting at 8 p.m., weather permitting. You don’t want to miss this. #summerfun

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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!!