Arts Alive, Inc. is an organization devoted to promoting and stimulating an awareness and love of the arts. Arts Alive, Inc. intends to achieve this goal by instituting, funding, supporting and administering arts programs for all ages.
|Incorporated in June 2003, Arts Alive, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit community arts organization serving the citizens of the Town of West Point and the counties of King William, New Kent, and King and Queen. The local governments of these communities support Arts Alive, Inc. Activities are also partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Olsson family continues to make major contributions to the local community and to Arts Alive through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation; the Robinson family makes major contributions as well. Local businesses and individual contributors also support Arts Alive.
Governed by a 15 member Board of Directors, supported by committees, and staffed by a part-time coordinator, Arts Alive, Inc. presents a season series of performances throughout the year in the W.T. Robinson/Sture G. Olsson Auditorium and Fine Arts Center located on the West Point Schools campus. Two summer camps are offered each year, the Summer Arts Camp at the end of June, and the Missoula Drama Camp the first full week of August. The week long Summer Arts Camp offers classes in visual arts, music, dance, computer arts, photography, and more. All classes are taught by local artists and art teachers. At the Missoula Drama Camp, campers rehearse all week on a play which is presented twice at the end of the week. Campers also enjoy participating in workshops when they aren’t in rehearsals. Other programming such as community shows, free concerts, fundraisers, and cultural arts performances at local schools are also offered on a less frequent basis.
The Visual Arts Committee presents art exhibits in the exhibition space in the Robinson/Olsson Auditorium that coincide with performances. They also conduct art workshops in the area. If you are interested in exhibiting your artwork or attending a workshop, please contact co-chairs Gail Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-843-4418, or Jeanette Wagner at email@example.com or 804-994-9668.
Arts Alive offers two scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the Arts Alive service area. The C. Herbert Brown, Jr. Performing Arts Scholarship was established in memory of founder, president, and director Herb Brown. This scholarship is open to students who wish to earn a major or minor in the performing arts or music education. The performing arts shall include music (including voice), dance, or theatre. The second scholarship is the Andy Conklin Visual Arts Scholarship. This scholarship was renamed in honor of founder, president, and director Andy Conklin. This scholarship was established to help graduating high school seniors who wish to earn a major or minor in studio arts, art history, or art education.
For more information, please contact:
Arts Alive, Inc.
P.O. Box 152
West Point, VA 23181