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About SPARC

Through exceptional performing arts education, SPARC helps youth find their inner light and share it with the world!

SPARC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1981 and is one of the nation’s most comprehensive, community-based youth performing arts education organizations. We provide an atmosphere where creative expression flourishes, meaningful connections are built, and individuality is celebrated.

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SPARC is seeking interns who are interested in working with youth, have experience participating in youth programs, or have experience working in youth programs. If that’s you, check out our application on our website: https://www.sparcrichmond.org/employment/. Email our Programs Assistant, M Kamara, at sparc@sparcrichmond.org with any questions or for more information! ...

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Thank you to all who participated and made Giving Tuesday a success! With your help, we were able to reach our goal of $10,000! 🥳 ...

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Join us in January for the Live Art filmmaking workshop with Emmy Award winning filmmaker Martin Montgomery. We will learn technical and storytelling skills in this four-day intensive. To sign up, head this way: https://sparc.coursestorm.com/course/live-art-filmmaking-workshop-code-569

Image Description: The image is edited to appear as though the viewer is looking at an old film contact sheet. There are black frames around three photos. The central photo is of a camera person filming a young blonde person walking in the SPARC parking lot. The young person is behind a shooting star that is painted in the parking lot, and the camera person is in front of the shooting star, capturing it in the frame. The photos on both sides of the central photo are the same as the central photo, but only the edge of the photo can be seen.
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New Voices for the Theater is a playwriting competition open to high school students in the state of Virginia. Winners will further develop their submitted one-act plays in collaboration with theatre professionals and their peers during a two-week virtual residency on July 5-14, 2023. Submissions and applications are open. Deadline to submit is January 7, 2023. ...

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We love to hear from students, in their own words, about what being involved in SPARC has meant to them. Many speak of making friends, feeling accepted and safe at SPARC, stepping out of their comfort zone, gaining confidence. Here are students from across SPARC programming sharing their experiences! ...

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Giving Tuesday is here! Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, all donations given today will be matched up to $5,000. Your gift will support our mission to provide transformative arts education and help us unlock the match! ...

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We are thrilled to join organizations across the globe in a collective day of giving again this year. SPARC received a generous 1:1 challenge matching pledge of $5,000 from an anonymous donor, and if we can raise at least $5,000 on November 29th we will unlock the match for a total of $10,000! It will be a group effort to get there, but your donation will have an incredible impact. ...

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Live Art is a neurodiverse community of artists with and without disabilities who create original music, choreography, and performance pieces and share them in a performance experience in June! Seem cool? It is, and we’d love for you to join us! There are a few spots available to join Live Art in January. If you’re interested in getting involved, you can register for an interview on SPARC’s website: https://www.sparcrichmond.org/liveart/

Image Description: This is a collage of five different images and the Live Art logo: the first image is of a group of smiling Live Art students in front of the large SPARC step-and-repeat banner. The second image is of students wearing masks and dancing in a Live Art class. The third image is of Ali, a Live Art teacher, and students standing in front of the mirror in Studio A and holding their collages. The fourth image is of Live Art students and faculty posing with instruments in front of the large SPARC step-and-repeat. The fifth image is of a filmmaker filming a young person walking in the SPARC parking lot.
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Another week, another chance to apply to be a SPARC intern! We are looking for those who have experience or want experience working in youth programming. If that’s you, check out our application on our website: https://www.sparcrichmond.org/employment/. Email our Programs Assistant, M Kamara, at sparc@sparcrichmond.org with any questions or for more information! ...

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SPARC is seeking interns who are interested in working with youth, have experience participating in youth programs, or have experience working in youth programs. If that’s you, check out our application on our website: www.sparcrichmond.org/employment/. Email our Programs Assistant, M Kamara, at sparc@sparcrichmond.org with any questions or for more information! ... See MoreSee Less

SPARC is seeking interns who are interested in working with youth, have experience participating in youth programs, or have experience working in youth programs. If that’s you, check out our application on our website: https://www.sparcrichmond.org/employment/. Email our Programs Assistant, M Kamara, at sparc@sparcrichmond.org with any questions or for more information!

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