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To profoundly influence the life of every student we serve through exceptional performing arts education.

Profoundly influence

We believe that SPARC’s programs create profound influence, and this phrase is carefully chosen to suggest the depth of impact we seek to create in our students’ lives. While “profound influence” may be a very high standard to seek, it is consistent with feedback we receive frequently from students and parents throughout our broad range of programs. If our vision is to create profound influence, then our faculty can begin with that end in mind and plan our programs around that goal.

Every student we serve

Believing in our ability to profoundly influence our students lives, we owe it to our community to provide that level of influence to every child that we come in contact with. By adding “we serve,” we are expressing that we are interested first in the quality (profound influence) of our programs and their outcomes, before the quantity of students we serve. In other words, we will not pursue programs that simply advance SPARC financially or increase our student numbers, which do not first meet the “profound influence” standard of our Vision.

Exceptional performing arts education

We believe that the programs we offer are innovative and of exceptional quality, not just in Richmond but nationwide. Very few metropolitan areas of Richmond’s size have successful, viable, stand-alone performing arts education organizations, and few such organizations have such broad and holistic educational programs. SPARC is an exceptional resource in our community, and our aim is to continue to advance our curriculum to meet or exceed the highest standards nationwide.


SPARC inspires young people, ages 3-18, to reach their full potential through quality training in the performing arts. SPARC develops life skills among young performers, preparing them for productive lives and leadership.

The School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community — a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation — is committed to the most fundamental principles of equality of opportunity and human dignity. SPARC does not discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military or veteran status, political beliefs, or status with regard to public assistance.

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