Academy Center of the Arts

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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Geoffrey Kershner
Main Address:
600 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504

What We Do

The Academy Center of the Arts is Greater Lynchburg’s center for arts, culture, and community building. Our mission is to serve our community through arts and culture, and we believe that our programming is essential for a thriving community, as it can lead to improved grades for students, increased memory retention rates for seniors, and a decreased poverty rate.

Each year, the Academy engages tens of thousands of Central Virginians through stage events, arts education, facilities rentals, outreach, and galleries exhibits, which result in a significant economic impact on the Greater Lynchburg area.

The Academy’s Values -

We hold ourselves accountable to our mission with three core values: community, creativity, and equity. These values help ensure that our arts programming is accessible to everyone in Central Virginia.

Community -

We are a community of people from different races, ethnicities, classes, gender identities, sexual orientations, belief systems, and physical/mental abilities. We value the diversity of our community members and strive to serve them through the arts.

Creativity -

We use the arts to empower others by encouraging self-expression, thought, and engagement within a safe space. In its many forms, art broadens our perspectives, provides us with numerous ways to communicate, and enriches our quality of life.

Equity -

We aspire to be an inclusive organization for all by understanding our role in minimizing the barriers faced by many in our community. We will uplift marginalized individuals through intentional arts programming designed according to their needs.

When you come to the Academy you will become a part of a growing and thriving community here in Lynchburg, Virginia. At the center of any great city is great culture. Culture provokes self-expression, thought, and engagement. Whether experiencing a gallery show in one of our art galleries or by enrolling your child in one of our youth theatre programs, you will become a part of a community of people committed to enriching this city along the James River.

We encourage you to explore our website and see our many offerings. Our facility includes a flexible black box theatre with programming year-round, classes in the visual and performing arts, multiple galleries, a pottery studio, and a restored 800 seat historic theatre. The Academy has something for all ages and is here for local residents and visitors alike.

Interesting Info

As of 2021, 43,981 persons were impacted overall, 9,111 were impacted by galleries, 1,529 were impacted by camps and classes.
As of 2021, 1,348 people were impacted by on-site outreach and 17,745 people were impacted by online outreach.
We aspire to be an inclusive organization for all by understanding our role in minimizing the barriers faced by many in our community.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with the Academy
Repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Sun Jan 01 2023.
Thursday, October 6th, 2022
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Upcoming Events

The Price Is Right LIVE October 5, 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm Read more »
First Fridays October October 7, 2022 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm Read more »
All Hallo-Queens Drag Brunch October 9, 2022 - 11:00am to 2:00pm Read more »
FREE! Hispanic Heritage Month: Salsa Noche October 14, 2022 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm Read more »
FREE! Academy Clay Festival 2022 October 15, 2022 - 10:00am to 4:00pm Read more »
Ailey II October 19, 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm Read more »
Slasher Weekend 2022 October 28, 2022   to October 29, 2022   Read more »
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Featuring Barry Bostwick October 30, 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm Read more »
Academy Youth Theatre Presents: Winnie the Pooh KIDS November 5, 2022   Read more »
One Night of Queen November 15, 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm Read more »
Air Play November 18, 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm Read more »
Holiday Maker’s Market 2022 November 25, 2022   to November 26, 2022   Read more »
Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas November 27, 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm Read more »
Deck the Halls with Disney Featuring DCappella December 7, 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm Read more »
Glenn Miller Orchestra December 13, 2022 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm Read more »

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