The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) is dedicated to teaching the living art of traditional Irish music, as well as to fostering a dynamic environment for it in our community. To carry out this mission BRIMS offers regular classes in Irish traditional music on various instruments, three styles of dance, and presents educational workshops, social events, and ceilis. In addition we sponsor master classes and field trips and actively support the local session scene. Scholarships are available, send us an email for more information.
Charlottesville Ballet Academy
Opened in 2011, Charlottesville Ballet Academy (CBA) is the official training school of the Charlottesville Ballet, Charlottesville’s professional dance company whose mission is to elevate the art of dance through wellness, performance, education, and community outreach. CBA offers training in all dance genres for ages two through adult and offers performance opportunities for young dancers alongside the professional company.
DMR Adventures provides professional performing arts training from the professionals. The high caliber of training serves to drive passion, discipline, and commitment in the students with whom we work. Part of this training includes a mentorship program, the Youth Leadership Program. This program allows driven students with an interest in leadership the opportunity to handle responsibilities as members of the creative or technical team on productions and assist or lead classes.
IX Art Park
To spark creativity and inspiration in people’s everyday lives. Ix Art Park seeks to empower its community through curating welcoming spaces that allow everyone in the community a safe space to exist creatively. The Foundation believes that everyone is an artist and every artist deserves space to exercise their creativity. The Foundation manages a 24-hour free mural and sculpture art park, Virginia’s first permanent immersive art experience, as well as several community-driven series including weekly markets supporting women and minority entrepreneurs, arts education programs for underserved youth, and creative empowerment programs for the whole community.
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Located in the historic Jefferson School City Center, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s mission is to honor and preserve the rich heritage and legacy of the African American community of Charlottesville/Albemarle, Virginia and to promote a greater appreciation for and understanding of, the contributions of African Americans and peoples of the Diaspora.
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the only museum outside of Australia dedicated to the exhibition and study of Indigenous Australian art.
Light House Studio
Throughout the year, we hold workshops and community events that give young people opportunities to build new and lasting skills. In addition to filmmaking and technical abilities our students learn soft skills: collaboration, communication, planning, citizenship, creativity, and empathy. We remove barriers to access to provide film education for all youth. Workshops take place in school, after school or through community nonprofit partnerships. Our Keep it REEL program provides tuition-free digital filmmaking workshops for under-resourced youth. We hold workshops for a wide range of ages, from elementary to college freshmen. Our Summer Film Academy is dedicated to teaching the art of filmmaking in 1 to 2-week long workshops. Check out what we have to offer!
Powered by hundreds of volunteers, Live Arts is a national model for engaged community theater. For more than three decades, we’ve dedicated ourselves to the mission of “forging theater and community” in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our engagement in local communities runs deep, and we happily attract participants and audiences from across Central Virginia. We’re known for exceptionally high caliber productions that reflect the remarkable talent of our volunteer actors and production teams. Live Arts offers year-round, process-driven educational opportunities for children and teens. Our classes, workshops, camps, and youth programs allow fledgling artists to explore all aspects of theater, including acting, playwriting, script analysis, improvisation, musical theater, movement, design, and more. At Live Arts, we provide financial aid for all of our educational opportunities.
MIMA (Modern Improvisational Music Appreciation) is an educational nonprofit that builds community through collaborative music-making. We’re based in Charlottesville, VA. We play all over the world.
McGuffey Arts Center
Located one block from the downtown Charlottesville area, McGuffey Art Center is one of the oldest artist-cooperatives in the country, housing 45+ renting artists within the building and 100+ artists within the art center’s association. The artists within our community participate in varying ways to support McGuffey Art Center’s growth through teaching classes and workshops, showcasing works in exhibitions, participating and holding events, and doing community outreach.
Music Resource Center
We foster the youth of Charlottesville through music. The Music Resource Center is a safe, diverse, and creative community where teens learn, grow, and make music together. MRC is affordable to all. As a nonprofit after-school program, the Music Resource Center provides unlimited voice, instrument, and dance lessons, practice space, mentorship, access to instruments and equipment, performance opportunities, summer camps, and recording studio time to 6th – 12th grade students.
New City Arts
New City Arts Initiative (NCAI) brings together local creators and the local community to spark connection, inquiry, and social transformation. We resource artists to make and share their work and offer programs that welcome diverse audiences to have meaningful encounters with art. Founded in 2009 by members of the local faith community, NCAI honors art’s unique ability to connect people by speaking to deep human experiences. We function as a welcoming hub for people seeking those connections.