Cultural 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/Fall 2020

Total Amount Awarded to date: $42,086

Arts in the Middle, Inc. – to support the expansion of visual and performance art activities at the 2021 Arts in the Middle Fine Arts Festival that will enhance cultural vibrancy in Middlesex County and increase momentum lost this year (2020) due to the show’s Coronavirus cancellation.

Bay School Community Arts Center – to support community arts outreach for youth at the Middlesex Family YMCA, during the out-of-school or after school camp.

Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park – for general operating expenses.

Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library – to support a new, expanded History Library and Genealogy Center for Lancaster County which will increase cultural vibrancy and strengthen the preservation of, and public access to, local history, culture, and family heritage materials and knowledge.     

Northern Neck Land Conservancy – to support the "Conserving Our Community" project to enhance and expand the Northern Neck Land Conservancy's successful community conservation forum programs to new two new programs and materials for Lancaster and Northumberland Counties.

Northern Neck Orchestra – to support the Northern Neck Orchestra with its plans for outdoor concerts and programming in light of COVID-19 social-distancing requirements.  

Rappahannock Concert Association – to support the 3rd year of Strings Crewe, where 3 instructors teach violin, viola & cello to Lancaster, Northumberland, and Middlesex County students aged 6-13.

Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts – to support six performing arts programs for K-8 Lancaster Primary & Middle School students through the RFA Arts for Youth (AFY) program to promote learning through drama, music, magic/juggling/puppetry, and storytelling.

Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern – to support general operating expenses and offset loss in revenue due to the cancellation of all fundraising activities due to the COVID pandemic in our area.