The Ferguson Center for the Arts at Christopher Newport University is committed to bringing world-class performers to Hampton Roads and providing access to everyone. The Arts for All program is a key component to make that happen. A community where everyone has the opportunity to experience the arts creates a society that is richer in understanding and broader in its appeal.
Funded by the generous donations of businesses and individuals, the program enables every citizen to experience the best the arts have to offer, providing the opportunity to inspire, educate and entertain. “We believe in the transformational power of the arts,” says Bruce Bronstein, Executive Director of the Ferguson Center, “and the Arts for All program can have a tremendous impact in our community.”
Arts for All accomplishes this on several levels:
Contributions help to underwrite the Center’s programming as ticket sales account for less than 60 percent of performance costs. Through the generous support of sponsors and donors, this year the Center can offer Classical, Dance and Family concert series, with subscriptions starting as low as $25. Additionally, the Center provides ticket vouchers that are used by community organizations toward their fundraising initiatives.
The program makes available free and discounted tickets to a wide range of community groups, military organizations and students. During the coming season, the Center hopes to provide an estimated 5,000 subsidized tickets to these groups. The program also helps pay for services such as open captioning and assisted listening that make the arts accessible to all. Benefiting organizations include Wounded Warriors, Newport News Public Schools, Achievable Dream, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Center for Child & Family Services and the Salvation Army, among others.
Funds provided through Arts for All underwrite performances and masterclasses for school children throughout Hampton Roads, both in the classroom and at the Center.
Opportunities for Christopher Newport Students
The program helps to fund lecture-demonstrations, artist residencies and master classes, as well as provide internships and volunteer opportunities for university students.
Arts for All was established in 2006 to provide discounted tickets to not-for-profit organizations serving children and families who would otherwise be unable to attend. Through the support of Ferguson Enterprises, the Newport News Arts Commission, our sponsors and private donors, the program has greatly expanded to become an integral part of the Center’s mission. To support Arts for All, contact Kim Hinson, Director of Advancement for the Arts, at (757) 594-7179. For information about participating as an organization, call (757) 594-7747.