Get to know CultureWorks. We’re here for arts, culture…and you.


We believe that driving a vibrant arts and culture community is vital to building the region and attracting and retaining quality employees of all ages.

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Our mission is simple and direct… to drive a vibrant community by inspiring, enabling and cultivating world-class arts and culture.

We strive to meet our mission by:

  • Engaging the community in arts and culture through promotion and advocacy
  • Providing technical assistance, including consultative support and funding opportunities, to artists and 501(c)(3) arts and culture organizations
  • Driving collaboration to address the key challenges and opportunities of the community

Our Board of Directors

Our organization is governed by a Board with shared qualities…

  • An understanding and advocacy for our constituents
  • High levels of influence and respect
  • Ability to generate philanthropic support
  • Personal engagement with the region’s arts and culture
  • Committing priority energies to CultureWorks

Frazier Millner Armstrong, Managing Partner, Armstrong Partners
Jonathan Baliles, Senior Policy Advisor for Innovation, City of Richmond
Kenya Blake, Leading Developer, Manufacturer, and Marketer of Tobacco Products, Altria
Pam Martin Comstock, President, Gilbert C. Martin Company
Sara Cowherd (Secretary), President, FM Solutions
Katheryn Curtis, Senior VP, Dominion Power Generation
Douglas Dorsey, Broker/Owner, Select Properties of Virginia
Scott Hammer, Principal, Impact Makers
Hugh Joyce, Owner, James River Air Conditioning
D. Brennen Keene, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
Jenni Kirby, Owner, Crossroads Art Center
Jessica Noll, Executive Producer for Local Programs, WTVR CBS 6 Richmond
Charles Piper, Principal, BCWH Architects
Dr. E. Gaynell Sherrod, Chair, Dept. of Dance & Choreography, VCU Arts
Jessica Simmons, Owner, River City Tattoo, Dermaklenz
Brooks Smith, Partner, Troutman Sanders, LLP
Lisa Streat (Chair), Senior VP, Private Client Services, First Tennessee Bank
Marcia Thalhimer, Community Volunteer
Greg Williams (Treasurer), Advisory Senior Manager, Ernst & Young, LLP
Jerry Williams, Owner, TVJerry and SIFTER

Michael Falzone
Gordon Fruetel
Charlotte Minor
Kim Scheeler
Geoffrey Sisk
Brock Vaughn

How We Came to Be

CultureWorks was formed as a result of a Regional Cultural Action Plan in 2009 after a year-long process with hundreds of voices. As an independent 501(c)(3) organization, we receive operations funding from a diverse mix of corporate, foundation, municipal and individual donors. We act as a steward of public and private investments in arts and culture, helping them flourish and prosper, and provide grants to organizations and individual artists in the region.

Also, on the five-year anniversary of the Richmond Cultural Action Plan, CultureWorks published an update, and you can review our different initiatives and accomplishments here.


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804.340.5280 ext. 2


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Terry Menefee Gau
Program Associate
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Caron Sterling
Development & Marketing Associate
804.340.5280 ext. 1


"There is no other organization serving the City of Richmond and the surrounding region that supports individual artists and cultural entities as CultureWorks does."

"Your team finds imaginative ways to provide opportunities and exposure for large and small organizations."

"You guys are doing such a good job promoting the arts in the region in a fair way…it is VERY refreshing."

"CultureWorks is the glue that holds Richmond's arts and culture community together."

Emily Smith

1708 Gallery

"Thank you so much for believing in St. John's Church Foundation and for your trust. The grant has made a big difference in what we can accomplish"

"There is no other organization serving the City of Richmond and the surrounding region that supports individual artists and cultural entities as CultureWorks does."

Show your support by becoming a Cultural Shareholder. It’s FREE!

To register click here.

Whether you’re actually an artist, or simply someone who attends festivals, goes to galleries, or strolls in gardens, you’re part of an important community expressing itself. And as a Cultural Shareholder, you can connect with others who have the same passions.

As a Cultural Shareholder, you’ll receive …

  • Exclusive weekly listings of last-minute weekend bargains
  • A monthly newsletter spotlighting events, organizations and trends around the region
  • A voice on major issues affecting or benefiting individual communities
  • And it’s all free of charge!

You must be 18 years or older to register.

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