The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we’re staying active with virtual events, weekly newsletters, and more.
“Virtual VCCA” has come to mean many things over the past months. In the name of online connectivity, we have launched a live video series, established an online community platform, found new ways to highlight Fellows’ work, and more.
Below, we share ways to stay engaged with our creative community during our temporary closure.
A Weekly Newsletter: Wednesday Lemonade
“Wednesday Lemonade” is our new community newsletter. As a nod to the in-person gatherings that traditionally take place among Fellows in residence and staff at Mt. San Angelo over lemonade (or cider, when the weather turns cold), the newsletter hits inboxes at 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday.
An Online Community: Virtual VCCA
Powered by Mighty Networks, “Virtual VCCA” is a private online community platform where members can start private chats, share work, post online events, and more. Fellows, donors, and friends are invited to participate.
VCCA Fireplace Series
Established in the spirit of the sharing of work that takes place among VCCA Fellows after dinner in front of the fireplace at Mt. San Angelo, this live video series features presentations by VCCA Fellows (writers, visual artists, and/or composers) whose events for recent work have been affected by the pandemic.
VCCA Fellows Bookshop
VCCA created a Bookshop affiliate page as an easy way to collect, highlight, and support new work by VCCA Fellows whose book launches, readings, signings, tours, and other events have been canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.
VCCA Fellows With Book Releases Affected by COVID-19: Request Your Book Be Added
We’re pleased to share the music of composers who are part of the VCCA community. This playlist page will be updated each month with a new selection of musical pieces by VCCA Fellows. Listen up, and stay tuned:
VCCA Composers: Submit a Piece for Consideration
While Fellows can’t peruse VCCA merchandise in person, we’ve put together an online inventory list. For now, we’re selling T-shirts, caps, lanyards, postcard sets, and an anthology. Browse the current selection of VCCA swag, and submit your order request and contact info to Bea Booker:
VCCA Zoom Backgrounds
We’ve put together a collection of photos from Mt. San Angelo and Le Moulin à Nef that have been formatted to use as virtual backgrounds in Zoom meetings: