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LIVE ART

SPARC’s LIVE ART program is at the leading edge of arts education, integrating performing arts curriculum with special education to create a unique and powerful program for students of all abilities.

ANNUAL CONCERT

Each year, the program culminates in an award winning mega-concert, featuring nationally, internationally, and regionally recognized recording artists performing with the LIVE ART students. Together they take the stage for a night of music, dance, visual art, and human connection for a concert that has become one of Richmond’s favorite annual events!

This year’s concert, LIVE ART: LOVE, will be presented June 3, 2018, at 4:00pm at Richmond’s Altria Theater.

Tickets On Sale Spring 2018!

PAST GUEST ARTISTS

Each year, nationally and regionally recognized musicians, actors, artists, and performers volunteer their time to perform with the students in our LIVE ART program to create an unforgettable night of theatre, art, and music! Click below for more information about our guest artists and to hear from them about their LIVE ART experience!

THE HISTORY OF LIVE ART

In 2011, inspired by years of students with developmental disabilities working hard in performing arts classes only to be turned away from major performance experiences, SPARC’s Senior Director of Education, Erin Thomas-Foley, shared a vision for a new and unique inclusive arts program and performance.

LIVE ART ARTISTIC TEAM

Erin Thomas-Foley Creator and Director 
Daniel Clarke Music Director
Jason Mraz Artistic Advisor 
Chris “Kazz” Caswell Artistic Advisor 

Brendan Kennedy Assistant Director
Mike Boyd Director of Music Education
Amanda Wells Director of Special Education
Danaë Carter Director of Dance
Abernathy Bland Director of Visual Art
Courtney Vollmer Program Manager

AWARDS & LIVE ART IN THE NEWS

LIVE ART, now in its sixth year, has garnered a great number of awards and media attention due to the program’s cutting edge curriculum, unique blend of students, and the profound influence of the LIVE ART program on the lives of the children and their families. In addition, the introduction of regionally and internationally acclaimed recording artists in the program’s final performance has added to the appeal, and the award winning event has become a must-see concert each year in Richmond, VA!

EXPERIENCE WHAT LIVE ART IS ALL ABOUT!

In a world that seems divided, SPARC’s LIVE ART reminds us that UNITY ISN’T JUST A DREAM. Watch this short film of our 2017 concert, LIVE ART: DREAM, created by documentary filmmakers Martin Montgomery and William Gaff.

“It’s a celebration of being human. It’s a celebration of that connectedness. It really is reminding you that we are way more the same than we are different.”
– Rob Thomas

LIVE ART PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

The best way to experience LIVE ART is to be there when it happens! But we still want you to be able to see some inspiring photos and videos of past years’ performances.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

LIVE ART isn’t SPARC’s alone. It belongs to the community that supports it, including our partners and sponsors.

Partners contribute their expertise, resources, connections, and more, to help make LIVE ART maximize its influence in the lives of our students.

Sponsors contribute both financial and in-kind resources to allow SPARC to bring more young people into this dynamic, innovative program, and to inspire our community through an unparalleled, world-class LIVE ART performance.

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