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Cultural Vibrancy

A thriving community promotes and celebrates its creative spirit. As we seek to support a rich tapestry of arts and cultural organizations, we are rewarded with new storytelling techniques, opportunities for self-expression and a common language that bridges age, race and social status. Robust community-based programming and abundant cultural experiences also create educational and economic impact for Mathews County.

Our Goals:

  • Community members receive enrichment and education through a diverse offering of arts and cultural activities in their communities and schools.
  • Historic and cultural assets are preserved to enrich current and future generations

The Court House Players

Recent Grants

Spring 2019

Virginia Symphony Orchestra - $2,000 to support the presentation of "Meet the Families," an interactive children's library event focused on instrument families of the orchestra followed by a string quartet recital for the general public in collaboration with the Mathews Memorial Library.

Mathews County Public Schools - $2,000 to support a field trip for students to provide exposure to live theater, classic tales, history, and Sixth graders will perform an actual production in the school.

Bay School Community Arts Center - $3,000 to support ten outreach programs in Mathews County; the grant dollars provide funding for teacher pay and art materials. The programs offer hands-on learning, creating visual arts and crafts.

Bay School Community Arts Center - $1,320 to support art programming specifically for families, so that they may participate at no cost; this includes Mommy & Me classes that currently have a tuition fee and two new family art sessions.

Mathews County Historical Society, Inc. - $1,000 for the publication of a book titled Historic Homes and Properties of Mathews County, Virginia Pre-Civil War. The fourth book in a Series of Five.

The Court House Players - $1,200 to support a musical drama camp for children aged 6-18. This includes a week-long residency camp and a final musical performance open to the public.