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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 in constant motion!  New announcements and updates are happening all the time.  Follow us in real time through our Instagram and Facebook feeds below. 

StageCraft is getting ready for some fall fun at SPARCfest in a few weeks. Join us on October 21 to see the finished project!

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NINE MORE DAYS til auditions for Urinetown! Have you signed up yet? To kick us off with the fun here's our Director, Matt, and Stage Manager, Em, ready to grab their tools and get to (silly) work. Click the link in our story to sign up or visit sparcrichmond.org/auditions ...

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Today we are excited to spread awareness of National Arts Education Week. Passed by Congress in 2010, this annual observance brings attention to the importance of arts education and prompts elected officials and decision makers across the country to support equitable access to the arts for all students.

Use this link to learn ways to advocate for arts access to decision makers, customized by your relationship to the work! https://www.americansforthearts.org/arts-education-navigator/your-role

And we'd love to hear your stories of how access to arts education has transformed your life, too! Post images, video, and stories using the hashtags below...

#BecauseOfArtsEd
#ArtsEdWeek
@Americans4Arts

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SPARC is headed to Urinetown this winter!

Join us for this hilarious show, which kicks off rehearsals in November. Audition sign-ups for 6th-12th graders will be online next week. In the meantime, have a great Labor Day weekend!
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The return to school brings many emotions for youth, families, teachers, and friends. No matter what you're feeling as the year begins, we hope you find moments of calm and connection with your community to help you on your way. You've got this!

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Did you know? If you make a contribution to SPARC by August 31st in honor of your favorite student or faculty member, we will send them a special message to let them know. Join us as we look towards a new and exciting year of learning!

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StageCraft is getting ready for some fall fun at SPARCfest in a few weeks. Join us on October 21 to see the finished project!

Image Description: 4 StageCraft participants and a teacher are gathered with paint brushes around 2 plywood sheets on the floor. They are painting a blue and black background around a space scene that includes and astronaut and an alien. A SPARCfest flyer is held up in the foreground by the person behind the camera.
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StageCraft is getting ready for some fall fun at SPARCfest in a few weeks. Join us on October 21 to see the finished project! 

Image Description: 4 StageCraft participants and a teacher are gathered with paint brushes around 2 plywood sheets on the floor. They are painting a blue and black background around a space scene that includes and astronaut and an alien. A SPARCfest flyer is held up in the foreground by the person behind the camera.

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Congratulations 🎈🎊🎉🍾 SPARC - Youth Performing Arts 🎭

FOUR MORE DAYS until Urinetown auditions! Thank you for being silly in the rain last night, Chandler! Chandler is a SPARC alum who is joining the team as Choreographer. We are so excited to get started!

Urinetown Auditions are open to 6th-12th graders and will be held at SPARC this Sunday, Oct 1 from 1pm-4pm. Youth must sign up online to audition. For more information click here: www.sparcrichmond.org/auditions
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FOUR MORE DAYS until Urinetown auditions! Thank you for being silly in the rain last night, Chandler! Chandler is a SPARC alum who is joining the team as Choreographer. We are so excited to get started! 

Urinetown Auditions are open to 6th-12th graders and will be held at SPARC this Sunday, Oct 1 from 1pm-4pm. Youth must sign up online to audition. For more information click here: www.sparcrichmond.org/auditionsImage attachment

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I am thrilled to hear that Chandler will be working on this show !!!!!!!!!!!

Yay, Chandler!!

Congratulations 🍾🎈🎉🎊 SPARC - Youth Performing Arts

Go Chandler!! Love seeing former students returning as professionals!! ❤️

One of my all time favorite shows and writer!!!

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