Education and Outreach

K-12 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.  In partnership with the Virginia Opera, we now bring operettas to more than 7,000 elementary school children in schools throughout the region, and winners from our Young Artists Competition perform with the Rappahannock POPS Orchestra and Avery Ballet at our annual chamber music concerts.

ArtsLIVE! presents performances from Virginia Opera for children in grades K-5. Last year, the ArtsLIVE!-sponsored Virginia Opera entertained, educated and inspired more than 7,400 students in 16 schools in the greater Fredericksburg region.

K-12 students can attend the annual Chamber Music Festival for FREE!

The Young Artist Competition is held annually in January. This competition for aspiring students of classical instruments and voice provides them an opportunity to display their talent and be rewarded for it. Winners are invited to perform with the Rappahannock POPS Orchestra, and in a preconcert program at our annual Chamber Music Festival. 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.

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