Education and Outreach

Research shows that involving children in music, drama and dance improves their overall performance in school, in society and, in turn, enriches the community.


K-12 Outreach

In partnership with the Virginia Opera, we bring operettas to elementary school children in schools throughout the region.  Last year, the ArtsLIVE! sponsored Virginia Opera entertained, educated, and inspired more than 6,900 students in 16 schools in the greater Fredericksburg region.

The Young Artist Competition (YAC) targets middle and high school students.  This juried competition for aspiring students of classical instruments, piano and voice provides them an opportunity to display their talents and be rewarded with scholarships. YAC is held annually in January and the Finals Concert is FREE to the general public.  Please join us as we celebrate these talented young artists.

ArtsLIVE! partnered with Stafford Opera Troupe to support young vocalists in a summer workshop and performance of the opera Much Ado about Opera.  We have also brought bullying workshops, puppet shows, playwriting workshops to students across the region.


Community Outreach

Our Arts in Motion program is also reaching another segment of our community bringing music and entertainment to seniors in assisted living facilities and retirement communities, as well as underserved residents in hospitals and nursing homes.  Contact us if you are interested in donating your time to performing for a very appreciative audience.

Our partnerships with Rappahannock POPS, The Rude Mechanicals, The Voices, and Stafford Opera Troupe extend our community outreach.