Community Vibrancy

A thriving community promotes and celebrates its creative spirit. As we seek to support a rich tapestry of arts and cultural organizations, we are rewarded with new storytelling techniques, opportunities for self-expression and a common language that bridges age, race and social status. Robust community-based programming and abundant cultural experiences also create educational and economic impact for our region.

Our Goals:

  • Community members receive enrichment and education through a diverse offering of arts and cultural activities in their communities and schools.
  • Historic and cultural assets are preserved to enrich current and future generations

The Court House Players

Recent Grants

Summer 2022

Total Amount Awarded: $151,050

Bay School Community Arts Center – to support year-long community, educational arts outreach for youth at the Middlesex Family YMCA during summer and after school camps.

Bay Triangle Trail – to support the completion of project planning activities for the TriWay Trail.

Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park – to support the cataloging, preservation, and conversion to electronic media of Larry Chowning's collections of research, writing, and memorabilia, enabling DMM to preserve the collection and make it available on the internet.

Foundation for Historic Christ Church – to support design, fabrication, and production of a traveling exhibition on Robert Carter III's 1791 Deed of Gift, an extraordinary document that ultimately freed over 500 enslaved people on plantations Carter owned in the Tidewater and Shenandoah.

Howland Chapel Futuristic Outreach – to support the continued development of the Howland Chapel School Museum in Northumberland County.

Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society – to support improvements to museum buildings for temperature and humidity control by replacing a 20-year-old HVAC unit in one building and establish humidity control by a whole house dehumidifier in both buildings.

Middlesex County Woman's Club – to preserve, maintain and exhibit the 18th Century Courthouse/Building in Urbanna, Virginia.

Northern Neck Orchestra Corporation – general operating support for the Northern Neck Orchestra in the 2022-23 season.

Rappahannock Concert Association – to support instruction in violin, viola & cello for 34 elementary & intermediate students through Strings Crewe for 6–12-year-old beginners, and SONNY, a junior string orchestra for middle school students.

Rice's Hotel/Hughlett's Tavern Foundation – to support community engagement and cultural outreach through the purchase of an outdoor sound system. It is the goal of RHHT to inject more of the rich culture of the community into the Farmers Markets, which take place at Rice's Hotel/Hughlett's Tavern grounds.

Steamboat Era Museum – to support implementation of an access control system to provide better security for the museum's collections and facilities.

The Court House Players – to support a weeklong residency camp (for instructors) and a musical performance open to the public.

The Fairfield Foundation – to support efforts to bring culturally enriching archaeology programs to schools and community organizations throughout the River Counties service area.