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Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission

Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission The commission's mission is to increase citizen access to the arts by providing leadership, advocacy 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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Mark your calendars and come out and join us!
04/21/2022

Mark your calendars and come out and join us!

Celebrate spring, the artwork of more than 100 artists, great food, craft beer, and fabulous entertainment at this weekend’s Chesapeake Spring Arts Festival at Chesapeake City Park. Enjoy the music of A4L’s Mosaic Steel Orchestra from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. The festival is sponsored by the Chesapeake Rotary and Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission, which gives us such great support for our arts-in-education services. Come out and enjoy!
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Check out this oldie but goodie from the Turnaround Arts group. Turnaround Arts is a program of the Kennedy Center that ...
04/15/2022
Love Train feat. Jason Mraz, Chad Smith, Yo-Yo Ma | Turnaround Arts | Playing For Change

Check out this oldie but goodie from the Turnaround Arts group. Turnaround Arts is a program of the Kennedy Center that transforms schools through the strategic use of the arts. #artforchange

Turnaround Arts infuses struggling schools with the arts as a strategy to bolster reform efforts. Turnaround Arts is a national program of the John F. Kenned...

Calling all citizens of Chesapeake…  introducing you to another one of our dedicated Fine Arts Commissioners, Joy Naik. ...
03/25/2022

Calling all citizens of Chesapeake… introducing you to another one of our dedicated Fine Arts Commissioners, Joy Naik. Born in Norfolk but raised in Chesapeake, Joy spends her very busy days as the studio owner of the Dance Theatre of Coastal Virginia and also as a dance and drama teacher at the Renaissance School of the Arts.

“I wanted to join this Commission because I saw it as a chance to give back to the arts, and to the city that has shaped me into the person that I am today,” said Joy. “I have been a dancer, singer, actress, producer, still in the process of writing a book, and have even been a docent in a museum. To me art is life itself, and I love being a part of spreading how much of an impact it can make.”
Joy believes that Chesapeake has strategically evolved and yet been able to stay the same – a unique yet fantastic situation. “Nothing new that has happened has changed who we are as a city, and who we are as a whole are people who genuinely go out of our way to help others,” explained Joy. “Who we are is a group of people who will sit with our friends and family around the fire pit just to relax and be with one another. Who we are is a group of people who never forget our friends who have had to leave, and count it a blessing when we get to see each other's children grow. I love our city because we are about the small moments in life that make the biggest impact.”

As the city continues to welcome a new wave of artists, Joy wants to ensure that we share our best kept secret (that is not so secret to other artists) that there are so many artists right here in Chesapeake already! Joy shared that, “Practically every household that I know of has someone involved in some form of art. So what does that tell you? That we need to do something so that artists don't think that they have to leave our beloved city to pursue a career in the arts. Because the artists are already here! The arts itself is about a culture showing itself in various outlets. Theater alone was designed to do that by intentionally bringing the community together. As we are working on ways to make a bigger impact with the arts here in Chesapeake, I challenge you all to (especially after the last couple of years that we have all had) attend a local high school or theater performance, find a pop-up gallery event or an outdoor music event and unwind with the rest of your community, which in a sense will strengthen our sense of community. Or better yet, find something to ignite the artist with you.”

Joy, thank you for being part of our team and our Commission and for using your positive energy to continue to help mold the minds and bodies of others so that they can share their talents with the world. We appreciate you.

03/10/2022
03/04/2022

This team makes it possible for 200+ volunteer musicians to do what they love to do!

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ARTS ALLIANCE
02/28/2022
ARTS ALLIANCE

ARTS ALLIANCE

The mission of Arts Alliance is to foster a strong, vibrant, and inclusive community through arts leadership, advocacy, services, and support.

Photos from Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's post
02/27/2022

Photos from Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's post

02/22/2022
Citizens of Chesapeake (and all other interested parties)… please meet Chesapeake Fine Arts Commissioner Adrianna Rivera...
02/17/2022

Citizens of Chesapeake (and all other interested parties)… please meet Chesapeake Fine Arts Commissioner Adrianna Rivera.

Although she was born in Portland, Maine, she was raised in a military family and has lived in many spots along the East Coast. Her day job, as the Chief Development Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia, keeps her on the move. When asked why she joined the Fine Arts Commission, she responded, “I love art, it is so important. I grew up training as a ballet dancer, majored in Dance in college, with a theatre minor. I still perform to this day as well as serve on the production board for the Virginia Regional Ballet. So to say that art is my life is an understatement. I also want to do my part to help give citizens in Chesapeake more opportunities to experience different forms of art.”

“Chesapeake is so unique,” said Adrianna. “There are parts that are quiet and quaint and other parts that are city, there is something for everyone!” As far as what Adrianna thinks is Chesapeake’s best kept secret - and she doesn’t mind sharing - the sculptures at Oak Grove Park. She added that, “There is just something magical about being in nature with art all around.”

Hampton Roads is a community that well knows the importance of our military. We are thankful for Adrianna’s family member who served as it seems to have helped deliver her into our community and we are thankful for that.

A Dream of a Concert is Around the Corner
02/06/2022
A Dream of a Concert is Around the Corner

A Dream of a Concert is Around the Corner

Concert Date: Thursday, Feb. 10, 7:30 PURCHASE TICKETS HERE “We need a ‘coming together’ in our community – in our country – in our world! 'In A Dream' will provide an evening of incredibly diverse mu

Timeline photos
02/05/2022

Timeline photos

It is with heavy hearts that we share sad news. Our beloved faculty member, Patricia Sorrell, passed away yesterday. Ms. Pat, as we all knew her, was a dedicated and passionate ballet teacher in the Hampton Roads area for almost 50 years. Ms. Pat loved teaching ballet and loved her students. She was an inspiration and mentor to us all. She made a positive impact on so many dancers and will be deeply missed by many.

Calling all visual artists!  TAO has a new arts competition!
01/26/2022
Arts Competition – Tidewater Arts Outreach

Calling all visual artists! TAO has a new arts competition!

CALLING ALL VISUAL ARTISTS: Tidewater Arts Outreach is being funded to create an innovative art competition that will harness the power of the arts to engage audiences and participants of all ages in overcoming COVID-19 and influenza vaccine hesitancy. This competition will have two rounds and all f...

If you’re not a student between the ages of 13-17 who creates art… share this post with someone who is. Fantastic opport...
01/25/2022

If you’re not a student between the ages of 13-17 who creates art… share this post with someone who is. Fantastic opportunity.

🖼️ Teen Portrait Competition Call for Entries Open! 🖼️

Open to students between the ages of 13 and 17 residing in the U.S and its territories. Deadline: March 29th 2022.

Learn more: s.si.edu/3GFGbXP

We are pleased to introduce you to Commissioner Daniel W. Boothe. Daniel, originally hailing from Salisbury, Maryland, b...
01/19/2022

We are pleased to introduce you to Commissioner Daniel W. Boothe. Daniel, originally hailing from Salisbury, Maryland, by day is the Music Director & Conductor for the Symphonicity Orchestra. He is also a commissioned composer, member of the Air National Guard, and a father of five. Daniel loves the balance of rural beauty of the City of Chesapeake and how it is a perfectly centralized location at the heart of Hampton Roads, appealing bedroom communities, city amenities, and impressive infrastructure that together seems, "just right."

When asked why he applied to be on the commission, Daniel said, “I wanted to augment my professional work in the arts with a civic role in the arts -- particularly to contribute in a positive way to arts development in the city where I live, where my children go to school, etc. Also because our Chairwoman, Lisa D. Wigginton, is an excellent recruiter!" “I think bringing arts into the city is an admirable and necessary objective -- and something we can continue to do with positive growth”, said Daniel. “I'd love to help create more grassroots arts opportunities where the act of creating, producing, learning or appreciating the arts can become more integrated in everyday lifestyle experiences in our city. Neighborhood's that create art to reflect their unique profile; student creators that combine poetry and music to reflect their city and/or their hopes for it; "street theater" where everyday community members can have 15-minutes of fame acting out a role; plus much more. I see a future where the arts in Chesapeake is not just a consumable entity but a creatable experience by the very people who live here to benefit from its presence. Right now having five children (most very young) and a varied career with significant travel -- it's not something I've been able to dive into fully. But I do have these ideas and hope that over time, along with the amazing support of fellow arts commissioners and our city, that we can create these new and innovative models for arts participation.”

Daniel feels that that the best kept secret about the arts in Chesapeake is that the arts are here. “There is fantastic theater, visual art, music and dance and more which surrounds us,” expressed Daniel. “Living among us are some terrific arts creators. You can see it and hear it from museums to city parks, and from community halls to school stages, right here in our city. But in a city of roughly a quarter-million people with busy lives and information saturation, it can be a challenge to keep everyone informed of what is available. At Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission, we aim to cultivate and communicate great opportunities for the arts in our city so that this "best kept secret" can become one of our "best known successes!"

Daniel, we appreciate all of your efforts as you balance your day job, your night job, and your any time you have free time job. Keep up the good work and thanks for all that you do for the Commission and the City of #Chesapeake.

12/29/2021
“Voodoo Child”

Have you heard of the Shark City Drum and Dance Corps.? If not, here’s your chance. Wow!

12/16/2021

It's not too late to get this on your calendar for tonight. Holiday music + free tickets + right here in Chesapeake= WINNING! Come join us tonight and help spread some holiday cheer!

We keep telling y’all that Chesapeake has so much to offer. Check it out!!
12/14/2021
Looking for the best holiday light show?

We keep telling y’all that Chesapeake has so much to offer. Check it out!!

This insider's guide will help you find the light displays in Chesapeake, VA.

Mark your calendars for next week.
12/09/2021

Mark your calendars for next week.

The Holiday Brass Concert, with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will be next Thursday, December 16 at the @Chesapeake Conference Center. This event is free and open to the public. The concert begins at 7 pm, doors open at 6 pm.

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

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Today the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission features our Music Director & Conductor, Daniel W. Boothe! We have enjoyed recent collaborations with the City of Chesapeake and appreciate the many musicians and patrons from Chesapeake that are a part of our Symphonicity family.
Thanks to the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission for recognizing Thom Metz’s performance on 9/11. 🇺🇸 #TPDforHire #DeeplyRooted
Participating in arts education improves students' attendance and graduation rates, increases their capacity for empathy, and sharpens their critical thinking skills. With students back in school, join us in celebrating National #ArtsEdWeek and the impact the arts have on students! #BecauseOfArtsEd. Americans for the Arts Norfolk ARTS Virginia Beach Arts Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission Virginia Commission for the Arts
We were so honored to join in a Day of Remembrance this past weekend with Daniel Rodriguez Tenor and Marla Kavanaugh to pay a special and heartfelt commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. Daniel and Marla were absolutely fabulous as guests and graced us with their beautiful talent and poignant personal stories. Raymond Jones from WHRO was the concert emcee and Gold Star Father Lt Col (ret.) Carl Dozier was a special guest who read the names of the recent 13 military fallen from Kabul as we played Shenandoah. We appreciate the invitation from the City of Chesapeake Government to participate and thank the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission and Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism teams for making this possible. #neverforget
This Saturday we partner with the City of Chesapeake to present a very special ceremony and free concert event memorializing the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. The ceremony is at 8:30am and hour long concert at 12pm featuring "America's Beloved Tenor" Daniel Rodriguez, Marla Kavanaugh and Raymond Jones from WHRO Classical FM. Details are at this link. We hope you will join us as together, we Never Forget. #patriotday #patriotic #chesapeakeva https://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/city-departments/departments/parks-recreation-tourism/events/special-events/Day-of-Remembrance.htm Special thanks to the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission and Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism for producing this special event with us.
Looking for a way to beat the heat and enjoy some fun family entertainment? Our artists are set to entertain you with free performances throughout Greater Hampton Roads! Click here for details of where you can enjoy live performances by our talented storytellers, dancers, musicians, and more! https://bit.ly/July2021programs Newport News Public Library Williamsburg Regional Library Chesapeake Public Library Norfolk Public Library Norfolk ARTS Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission
Join us online or in-person tomorrow, July 3rd at Chesapeake City Park and Sunday, July 4th at the Oceanfront for the return of the concert band season and a Fourth Like No Other! Thanks to Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission and Virginia Beach Arts for making this possible.
Happy New (Fiscal) Year to Arts for Learning! And what a year it was, as we ADAPTED and INNOVATED and CREATED so that we could fulfill our mission, despite the COVID-19 crisis. The results: A brand-new video series with original puppetry that helps children with social-emotional learning… two new hands-on art activity kits with original curriculum, including one originally designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder… and dozens of new programs that our artists have adapted for virtual learning. At the start of this new fiscal year, we want to say THANK YOU! Thank you to the artists and educators who work so hard to inspire and engage students. Thank you to the children and families we’re so honored to serve. And thank you to the partners who support us, from individual donors to businesses, arts commissions, foundations, and other nonprofits. We’re humbled that you put your faith in us—we are so grateful to you! Frederick Douglass Live Marley The Messenger Root Beer Comics Harold Wood ALDI USA Business Consortium for Arts Support Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission Hampton Roads Community Foundation Junior League of Hampton Roads Louis & Mary Haddad Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Newport News Public Schools Norfolk ARTS PRA Group Portsmouth Public Schools Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts TowneBank United Way of South Hampton Roads Virginia Beach Arts Virginia Commission for the Arts
The Chesapeake Spring Art Show with Chesapeake Rotary and Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission is happening this Saturday and Sunday at City Park.
Join us this Saturday as VSO and its HARMONY Project present a special concert focused on healing as we begin recovering from the pandemic. Attendees will also have a chance to get to know the VSO musicians with a brief Q&A. This is a free concert open to the public. Questions? Contact [email protected]. Special thanks to our supporters City of Norfolk Government, the Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission, and the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission. #HarmonyChurches #NorfolkArts #VirginiaMusic
Join us this Saturday as VSO and its HARMONY Project present a special concert focused on healing as we begin recovering from the pandemic. Attendees will also have a chance to get to know the VSO musicians with a brief Q&A. This is a free concert open to the public. Questions? Contact [email protected]. Special thanks to our supporters City of Norfolk Government, the Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission, and the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission. #HarmonyChurches #NorfolkArts #VirginiaMusic
Are you doing something great at home? How are the arts helping you?