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We need your help!

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the landscape of the performing arts: venues are closed due to health concerns, artists have halted their tours, dance companies have suspended performances and arts education programs are on hiatus as schools across the state are closed.

We are asking for your help. Your gift makes it possible for the Virginia Arts Festival to continue to operate, to re-schedule canceled performances, and to once again invite the world’s greatest performing artists to perform in your theaters and your concert halls, your schools, your churches and your community centers. When the restrictions are lifted, and we can all gather in safety once again, we will need the arts more than ever—as a source of joy, comfort, and renewed community. We will need to empower students who have lost weeks or months of education, who will need the hope and inspiration that performing artists bring to their classrooms, and the creative teaching tools we provide to their teachers.

Our need is immediate, and what we are able to accomplish now will have a profound effect on our ability to recover. We need to keep our lights on and our staff working to serve the community and the region as we have since 1997. On behalf of our Festival staff and Board of Directors, We wish you good health, and thank you for your continued support. With your help, our curtain will rise again.




You can specify an address to send your gift notification, whether to yourself or a gift designee.

Gift Designation

Gifts of $100 and over will be acknowledged in the Festival Playbill.

Matching Gift

As of January 1, 2019
Unless otherwise noted, the tax-deductible portion of the donation equals the contribution minus the cash value of donor benefits if redeemed. Please consult your financial advisor for more information. To decline benefits or to inquire of fair market value, please contact Norma Burandt at (757)282-2814.

Once, you were the future. Now, you can help set the stage for our future leaders by supporting the Annual Fund.


Nearly 40,000 local students are inspired every year through the Festival's year-round education outreach program. The Festival works hard to reach all students, regardless of their ability to pay, through in-school performances, master classes, student matinees, and our original Artists in Residence, the Rhythm Project.

Your gift can be the one to inspire a child today.
Donate to Education Outreach


The Rhythm Project is the cornerstone of Virginia Arts Festival's year round education program. More than 200 local students participate in this program each year. The results are tried and true: nearly 99% of students who have participated in the Rhythm Project All-Stars have graduated from high school and gone on to college or joined the military.
Donate to the Rhythm Project

Other ways to give

To give by phone or leave a lasting legacy through planned giving, contact Kim McCoy, Associate Director of Development, at 757-282-2807
To give by mail send a check, payable to Virginia Arts Festival:

Annual Fund
Virginia Arts Festival
440 Bank Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
The Festival gratefully accepts gifts of stock and matching gifts through corporations. For more information: Norma Burandt

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