I started ArtSpireVa after years of watching young ladies come out for dance team tryouts at a local high school and not complete the tryout due to not having any dance experience. I came to realize that this is probably happening more often than not and not only in dance but all of the arts. I am a firm believer in after-school activities and being a part of an organization or a team. This prompted me to stop teaching dance and start working tirelessly to ensure that the performing and visual arts opportunities are within reach of all students who are interested in them. By providing these scholarships we are helping youth gain confidence to pursue arts-based programs that can in turn help them in many different ways. The studies are there - The arts help students in all areas of learning but most of all they help them after the learning is over. It gives them an identity and an outlet. I am so proud of all the work we have done these past couple of years and I am looking forward to what’s to come. The Arts for All: that is what we are passionate about at ArtSpireVa and we hope you will join us in making this a reality.