Commission recognized for 50 years of service 

The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) recently was recognized for 50 years of supporting Virginia’s vibrant arts culture. The VCA is a state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Building and sustaining the new Virginia economy requires creative, out-of-the-box thinkers who can fill high-demand jobs and attract innovative businesses,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “That is why the Virginia Commission for the Arts is so important and why I am pleased to recognize its 50th Anniversary. I applaud the important role it continues to play in supporting and promoting Virginia’s vibrant and diverse arts and culture.”

McAuliffe honored the Commission at July 11 inaugural event held at the Science Museum of Virginia. The program coincided with the Commission’s 50th anniversary program called “The New Virginia Renaissance” and the Science Museum’s exhibition, Da Vinci Alive – The Experience. The keynote speaker, Alan Dye, vice president for User Interface Design at Apple, focused on the intersections of the arts and technology for a creative 21st century workforce.

“The Governor’s bold agenda calls for an education system that is relevant to the 21st century and that prepares students for the demands of the workforce of the future,” Secretary of Education Dietra Trent said. “Arts education and cultural literacy are integral parts of those plans so our students develop the creative and critical thinking skills they will need to succeed.”

The Virginia Commission for the Arts launched its 50th anniversary year-long program by announcing a series of Round Table discussions across the state, including a “50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards” program to celebrate arts leaders and organizations that have shaped Virginia’s culture since the Commission’s founding.

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