In addition to its investments, the VCA contributes to the arts ecosystem of Virginia through special initiatives.

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Arts License Plate

The newly redesigned Virginia specialty license plate supports the arts of Virginia, with the majority of plate fees going directly to grants designated for the arts. Administered by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, these grants bring visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and more to Virginians each and every year.

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Passport Program

The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) is excited to partner with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to launch the Passport Program, an arts access initiative. This program provides free or discounted tickets to arts organizations across the Commonwealth, including museums, performances, classes, and special events that provide opportunities to engage with the arts ecosystem in Virginia, regardless of income.


Poetry Out Loud

The words of great poets literally come to life in Poetry Out Loud, a literary arts program created by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) supports students across the Commonwealth enriched by this arts education program that encourages memorization, performance, and public speaking skills. Learn more, here.

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