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Staunton Augusta Art Center

Staunton, VA

Amount Requested: $10,000 for General Operating Support

Mission: The Staunton Augusta Art Center is devoted to providing diverse experiences in the creation and appreciation of the visual arts to children, adults, and visitors to our area.  The Art Center also offers artists and artisans a venue to teach as well as exhibit and sell their work.

Constituents Served: All people are welcome to visit the galleries and to attend Art in the Park.  The inclusiveness of Staunton Augusta Art Center events and the fact that admission is not charged for these services is one of the unique aspects of the Staunton Augusta Art Center.  Classes (for ages 4 through post-retirement) require a tuition but, thanks to the generosity of supporters, there is an ample scholarship fund for children wishing to attend summer art camp and recommended by their teacher.  The Art Center served 20,405 people in 2015 which included 962 children in such activities as the Annual Juried Youth Art Show, the “Kids Tent” at Art in the Park,  Saturday art classes and workshops, and Summer Studio.

Program Overview: The Art Center offers, free of charge, eight different high quality exhibitions each year in its state-of-the-art galleries.  The Art Center produces an annual, two-day festival (no admission charge), Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill, which features art, music, and art activities for children.   The Art Center provides art education to all ages throughout the year and provides many scholarships to children who wish to attend Summer Studio, week-long art camps for ages 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Students pre-K through 12th grade  participating in the Annual Juried Youth Art Show consider it a high honor that their work is selected for display in such a professional setting.  Art teachers from three public school systems as well as area private and independent schools serve as jurors for this particular show.

Clients of mental health services are encouraged to participate in the May exhibition, a collaboration of the Staunton Augusta Art Center, Western State Hospital, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Mental Health America of Augusta.

In collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia, dementia patients are encouraged to attend gallery talks and art activities offered during the course of each gallery exhibit.

Current Operating Budget: $203,300

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