"Setting the Stage for Life" Since 1981! SPARC provides performing arts education for youth in the Richmond Metro area through productions, summer camps, community outreach programs and classes.
For 36 years, SPARC has been “setting the stage for life” serving youth, schools, families and communities throughout the Richmond, Virginia region. Our mission is to inspire young people (ages 3-18) to reach their full potential through quality training in the performing arts. The mission is facilitated through professional artists presenting a range of classes, workshops, camps, productions and community outreach programs. Since 1981, SPARC has served an estimated 15,000 youth and their families directly, as well as their schools, neighborhoods and the community at large. Through performing arts education, SPARC develops life skills such as confidence, creativity, problem solving, and presentation skills and gives highly talented and motivated students training that will serve them well at top university performing arts schools.
Founded in 1981 by the late Richmond actress, Jeri Cutler-Voltz, SPARC has grown into one of the more substantial providers of community-based theater arts education for young people in the nation. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, we provide arts education for over 2,500 local young people annually, including students who otherwise would not be able to afford to participate in its programs. We believe that the programs we offer are innovative and of exceptional quality, not just in Richmond but nationwide. Very few metropolitan areas of Richmond’s size have successful, viable, stand-alone performing arts education organizations, and few such organizations have such broad and holistic educational programs. SPARC is an exceptional resource in our community, and our aim is to continue to advance our curriculum to meet or exceed the highest standards nationwide.