LIVE ART is a groundbreaking, inclusive arts education program for students of all abilities.
Having witnessed the powerful benefits of performing arts education in both typically developing students and students with special needs, SPARC allows students of ALL abilities to have performance training that is designed to build performing arts skills, deepen the ability to connect with peers and strengthen the personal foundation of each individual and unique child – just as they are – all at the same time.
How It Works
Students participate in a series of cross-pollinated arts classes that include training in dance, singing, visual art, American Sign Language, mime work, playing musical instruments, visual technologies, spoken word and more. More than 30 professional staff – teaching artists, arts educators, special education instructors, choreographers, and musicians — are leading classes that combine two or more art forms. The unique curriculum ensures that all students experience a challenging and rewarding semester of classes.
The culminating event of the program is a life-changing performance in one of Richmond’s largest and most prominent theaters, the Altria Theater. During this performance, world-renowned musicians join the students in a major music concert during which the students perform acts of live art.
All students participate in LIVE ART tuition-free, thanks to major project funding by the Stanley and Kim Markel Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. Additional funding has been provided by individuals and corporations, and the project’s execution is supported in large part by the contributions of time by the featured professional performers.
Becoming a LIVE ART Student or Volunteer
If you would like to volunteer for LIVE ART please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are various ways to help with the program and performance. We appreciate your help!
Participating community partners include The Faison School of Autism, Richmond City Schools, Henrico County Public Schools, Chesterfield County Public Schools, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion, the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, JAMinc., Collegiate School, St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Schools, Northstar Academy, Dreamers Theater and others.
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Our Documentary Film
In 2012, filmmakers Martin Montgomery and Bill Gaff were inspired to create a full length documentary film about the creation of LIVE ART. This film tells the story of how LIVE ART began and the heartwarming individual journeys of everyone involved.
FROM THE WINGS: The LIVE ART Story is currently being submitted to national and international film festivals. You can follow the journey of the film on our official FROM THE WINGS website.