RICHMOND, Va. — “What’s in a name?” William Shakespeare posed that question for the stage centuries ago. An answer came in this week, it is $5.5 million. One of Richmond’s most visited theaters will likely get a new name next year. Richmond CenterStage is posed to become the Dominion Arts Center following a $5.5 million grant from Dominion Resources, the Richmond-based energy company. The money will help cover ongoing operation and maintenance costs.
“Dominion is invested in the cultural and artistic vibrancy of our local communities,” Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources, said in a statement. “Our grant seeks to strengthen the performing arts by helping sustain the unique and historic Carpenter Theatre and the other venues at the downtown complex. Richmond’s dynamic arts scene is an indispensable ingredient in making our region an attractive place to live and work.”
The name Dominion Arts Center will be phased in on tickets, promotional material and signage in 2016.
“Dominion has long been a generous corporate citizen that has supported many organizations and programs in Richmond, including the local arts community,” Janet Starke, executive director of Richmond CenterStage, said. “Having an historic venue like the Carpenter Theatre is truly unique for any performing arts organization. People are amazed and inspired from the moment they walk in – even before the curtain rises. However, having this wonderful, historic facility also means that funds are needed to keep it in the best possible condition for every performer who takes our stage or patron who sits in our seats. Dominion Foundation’s grant will make it possible for us to ensure that our facility remains a treasured destination for performers and audiences alike.”
The Dominion Arts Center includes:
- The fully-renovated, 87-year-old, nearly 1,800-seat Carpenter Theatre
- The multi-use space Rhythm Hall
- The intimate Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse
- The Genworth BrightLights Education Center
- Richmond CenterStage, the Richmond Symphony and the Virginia Opera offices
Richmond City Council is expected to vote on the renaming at its January 11 meeting.