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LIVE ART is at the leading edge of arts education, integrating performing arts curriculum with special education to create a unique and moving performance event.

In a world that seems divided, SPARC’s LIVE ART reminds us that UNITY ISN’T JUST A DREAM. See the short film of LIVE ART: DREAM by Humanstory Films!

Working together in a variety of visual and performing arts classes for one year, students with a range of disabilities alongside typically developing students, rehearse their performances while building relationships and understanding of one another using SPARC’s unique ACE (acceptance, compassion, and empathy) curriculum. The program, now in its fifth year, culminates in an annual mega-show, featuring nationally and regionally recognized recording artists and performers performing with each class collectively performing visual and performing arts.


Each year, the program culminates in a mega-concert, featuring nationally and regionally recognized recording artists performing with the LIVE ART students.

Recording artists and students and 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 performances! This year’s concert, LIVE ART: LOVE will be presented June 3, 2018 at 4:00pm at Altria Theatre.

Tickets On Sale Spring 2018!


Each year, nationally and regionally recognized recording artist, actors, artist, 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!


Executive Producers


R.E.B. Foundation*
Ron and Benita Felmus
Kathy Mays Coleman
Barbara B. and James E Ukrop Fund*

Associate Producers

Pam and Bruce Belleman | Drs. Anne Marie Irani and Larry Schwartz
Electric Power Inc | The Katherine W. Mays Revocable Trust
Estes Express Lines | True Farr Luck and Charles S. Luck, III
Hadar Pedhazur and Lois Snitkoff | Troutman Sanders, LLP
Sakina Paige and Jamal Thomas | Durham Foundation
Tina and Ajay Reddy | Lakhena Luy | Rejena Carreras
Terry R. Sisisky Fund* | Sara Belle and Neil November
Stacy Gannon | William Talley

*of the Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia


LIVE ART: Share Your Soul
(About Year 3)

LIVE ART: Through the Artists’ Eyes
(About Year 2)

The LIVE ART Story
(About Year 1)
Winner of the 2013 PBS Online Film Festival

by LIVE ART Creator/Director
Erin Thomas-Foley’s talk
about how it all began

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