Chestnut Creek School of the Arts “50 for 50” Award from Virginia Commission for the Arts

In honor of their 50th anniversary, the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) awarded 50 arts organizations and individuals with “50 for 50” awards in one of five categories: Exemplary Programs and Pinnacle Events, Emerging Artists and Arts Organizations, Arts Leaders and Supporters, Outstanding Artists, and Bedrock Institutions. They received over 350 nominations for these awards. Chestnut Creek School of the Arts was one of the 50 awarded, winning in the Emerging Artists and Arts Organizations category. Winners in this category have been in existence for under ten years, have demonstrated artistic excellence, and are a benefit to the community.┬áTo receive the award, CCSA was represented by Exectuive Director Chris Pollins and Marketing and Development Director Marianne Kovatch.

The award ceremony was held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond on January 31. Speakers at this event included Jane Chu, the Chair for National Endowment for the Arts as well as authors Adriana Trigiani and Nancy Bolmeier Fisher, founders of the Origin Project. Margaret Vanderhye, VCA’s Executive Director hosted the event along with Alex Nyerges, Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Following the awards ceremony was a reception in the Museum’s Marble Hall with Governor Ralph Northam.

Chris Pollins, Marianne Kovatch, Governor Ralph Northam, Margaret Vanderhye

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