RICHMOND, Va. — With a tug of a big blue tarp, the curtain opened on a new era for the Richmond CenterStage complex, which was renamed in early March as the Dominion Arts Center. Signage for the center was unveiled in a ceremony that drew dozens of supporters and invited guests to the performing arts complex at 600 E. Grace St.
The new name has been added to the marquee above the entrance to the historic Carpenter Theatre and to signage on the adjacent complex that houses two other performance venues – Rhythm Hall and the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse – and the Genworth BrightLights Education Center.
While all of the venues retain their names, they all make up what is now called the Dominion Arts Center – a name bestowed in recognition of the power company’s latest gift to the Richmond CenterStage Foundation: a $5.5 million grant commitment from the company’s philanthropic arm, the Dominion Foundation.
The donation will be used to support operations, maintenance and physical improvements to the arts center complex. Janet Starke, executive director of Richmond CenterStage, said the donation is but the latest gift from Dominion, which she said has given more than $4 million to the foundation since 2007, including $2 million that helped renovate the Altria Theater in 2012. The theater’s stage was renamed the Dominion Stage as a result.
“I’m so grateful for Dominion’s generosity to Richmond CenterStage and to the arts in general,” Starke said during the ceremony. “They’ve been a great partner over the years, and I know they will continue to do so for years to come.”
Dominion CEO Tom Farrell said the company is committed to supporting the arts in Richmond and said the CenterStage complex has added to a rejuvenated Broad Street corridor.
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