The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, located in the Town of Pulaski, proudly celebrates 36 years of promoting the Arts. The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley began in 1978 and was initially located in the historic Fairview Home. Today, the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley has a gallery, gift shop, and offices on West Main Street and a second location for dance, gymnastics, and Jujitsu classes on Fourth Street. The Center plans to renovate the Rutherford Pontiac Building into a new home for the Fine Arts Center.
During its 36-year history, approximately 780,000 patrons either visited the gallery, attended classes, performances, and special events. Since its inception, the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley has hosted a combination of 5,200 classes or programs in the visual or performing arts that have involved 25,000 artists. The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley host rotating exhibits of regional artists throughout the year. Exhibitions average two months.
The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley enjoys the generous support of local individuals, families, corporations, the Town of Pulaski, Pulaski County, the C. E. Richardson Benevolent Foundation, The Randolph House of Pulaski Foundation, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
A dedicated staff comprised of an executive director, administrative assistant, full-time volunteer, and one Goodwill Industries’ employees, under the guidance of a 15 member board, works diligently to fulfill the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley’s mission.
The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley partners with a host of public and private organizations to promote the arts in the local community. The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley cosponsors with the Town of Pulaski a free outdoor summer concert series, works with the Pulaski Theatre to cosponsor popular events, and collaborates with Claytor Lake State Park and the County of Pulaski to sponsor the Claytor Lake Festival, which drew 16,000 visitors in 2013.
The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley is Southwest Virginia’s sponsor of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a program of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are a powerful tool for building a sense of community, advocating for arts education, and fostering the creativity of emerging local talent. Through the regional program of the Awards, students are encouraged to express themselves through the arts and are rewarded for their creativity. A successful regional program is able to bring the high quality, creative works of secondary school students to a wide audience; to provide teachers and students with the opportunity to see the achievements of students from schools throughout the region; and to highlight the importance of arts education within the community.
The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley encourages creativity among all ages, attracts visitors to the area, and provides local artist and artisans with a place to do business.
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