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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 2021

Total Amount Awarded: $114,900

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

Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park - construction of an exhibit pavilion for historic boat building and boat maintenance equipment that is too large to fit in the existing museum building.

Foundation for Historic Christ Church - the 2021-2022 Bringing Music to Life Concert Series at Historic Christ Church

Friends of Urbanna - the ongoing production of Urbanna Founders Day, August 7, 2021,raising awareness of the historic James Mills Factor Store, and the 1750 Mitchel Map. Also, to fund an assessment and illustrated report of the Factor store by historical architects. 

Howland Chapel Futuristic Outreach - the continuation of rehabilitation of Howland Chapel School and the Teachers’ Cottage to develop the School Museum. 

Northern Neck Orchestra - general operating expenses

Rappahannock Art League - educational/enrichment programs and cultural activities for all area youth in the Northern Neck, particularly in the underserved areas of our communities.

Rappahannock Concert Association - beginning and intermediate lessons, recitals, rehearsals & concerts in violin, viola & cello. Free instruments sized to fit. Strings Crewe teaches 20 students, 6-12. SONNY will teach junior string repertoire to 12 middle school students.

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

Rice's Hotel / Hughlett's Tavern Foundation - the production of a high-quality booklet that documents the history of the Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern from the 18th to the 21st Century.  It will include an update of a previous publication entitled "The Human Side of a Centuries-Old Landmark."

Steamboat Era Museum - general operating expenses 

The Fairfield Foundation - hands-on experiences for children and adults led by Fairfield archaeologists, creating tangible connections to the past, building cultural empathy, and fostering greater appreciation and stewardship of history and historic resources.