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2018 Virginia Commission for the Arts 50th Anniversary Program

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2018 Virginia Commission for the Arts
50th Anniversary Program

Registration for the 50th Anniversary Program is now open! The 50th Anniversary Program will include performances by groups with the Commission's Performing and Tour Directory roster and will feature a special post-program reception in the VMFA Marble Hall.

Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will be the Guest of Honor and a featured speaker at the Virginia Commission for the Arts 50th anniversary program on the afternoon of January 31, 2018 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. The program theme is: Celebrating the Artists and Arts Leaders of Virginia.

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Jane Chu is the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chairman Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician. She leads a dedicated and passionate group of people to support and fund the arts and creative activities in communities across the nation.

Read her full biography, HERE.

Joining the Chairman for the program will be the Commission's "50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Award" recipients from around the state. The keynote address will be delivered by two of the winners from the "Emerging Arts and Artists" category: author and filmmaker Adriana Trigiani (Big Stone Gap) and Nancy Bolmeier-Fisher. Together, they co-founded "The Origin Project", a cultural and literary heritage program for school aged children in the Appalachian region. You can read more about our keynote speakers and their award winning project, HERE.

Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of 17 books, which have been published in 36 countries around the world. She is a playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. She wrote and directed the film version of her novel Big Stone Gap, which was shot entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. She is co-founder of "The Origin Project", an in-school writing program that serves more than a thousand students in Appalachia. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.

Nancy Bolmeier Fisher is an activist and former Wall Street bond trader in New York and London. She is Co-Founder / Executive Director of "The Origin Project" and also manages various privately held companies that own commercial real estate. Nancy is a passionate education advocate and has served as trustee on several school boards in New York City and San Francisco. She also chairs Collective Impact, a non-profit organization bringing constructive change to children in San Francisco communities. Nancy lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

The "50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards" were conceived and designed by the Commission as a 50th anniversary tribute to 50 examples of programs, individuals, and organizations critical to the arts in Virginia. The designated "Arts Inspirations" may have played a critical role in the last 50 years, serve as today's leaders and exemplars, or may be tomorrow's visionaries, leading the way to a culturally vibrant future.

Following a statewide call for nominations, nominees for the awards in all categories were accepted for two months this spring. A panel comprised of former commissioners and arts leaders reviewed the nominations this past summer and recommended a slate to the full Board which adopted the final roster this fall. To ensure impartiality, no former commissioners and no state-elected officials were selected for the roster.

The Commission was established by law in 1968 to promote awareness of and access to the arts across the state and to support a broad range of artists, arts organizations, and arts educators.

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at the Hilton Garden Inn at our special program rate of $159 per night. Use the link, HERE, to reserve your room by January 5, 2018 at the preferred rate.

The 50th Anniversary Program is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the 50th Anniversary Lead Sponsor, Dominion Energy.

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