The Center functions much like a living organism existing within the local ecosystems of greater Richmond. Locally, the Center’s reach is fairly broad, touching thousands of pre-K through middle school students in the greater Richmond area through in-school and after-school programs. These programs feed into more intensive offerings through classes and lessons at our permanent 11th street home. Those instructional programs develop transformational young leaders and produce work telling Richmond’s story from a community and youth/young adult perspective. At the Center’s core, our Young Artist Diploma Program – with attendant resident ensembles – provides training and development to a group of passionately committed middle and high school students – many of whom participate in the production projects that link us back to the broader community and specific constituencies within the whole.