About SPARC and its LIVE ART Program

For 35 years, SPARC has been setting the stage for life, serving youth, schools, families and communities throughout Richmond, Virginia. With the help of professional teaching artists presenting a range of classes, productions, and community outreach programs, SPARC instills confidence, creativity, and character in children for the sheer fun of it all. SPARC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our mission is to inspire young people, ages 3-18, to reach their full potential through quality training in the performing arts, and SPARC serves the largest and most diverse student population of any performing arts program in the region.

Created in 2012, LIVE ART is a groundbreaking, inclusive arts education program for students of all abilities.

Having witnessed the powerful benefits of performing arts education in both typically developing students and students with special needs, SPARC allows students of ALL abilities to have performance training that is designed to build performing arts skills, deepen the ability to connect with peers and strengthen the personal foundation of each individual and unique child – just as they are – all at the same time.