THE HEART OF THE ARTS
RPAA PROVIDES DIVERSE LOCAL AND WORLD-CLASS PERFORMING ARTS, TRANSFORMATIVE ARTS EDUCATION EXPERIENCES FOR STUDENTS OF ALL AGES, AND INSPIRATIONAL VENUES — ALL TO STRENGTHEN THE CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC VITALITY OF THE GREATER RICHMOND REGION.
Serving the Performing Arts
Since 2009, RPAA has served more than 1 million patrons and transformed the lives of thousands of students. However, our history goes back to 2001 when a group of community leaders had a vision to create an inspiring environment where the performing arts could flourish and strengthen Richmond’s cultural, social and economic vitality. Our History Click to Learn More
Meet Richmond Performing Arts Alliance
RPAA is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide diverse local and world-class performing arts, transformative arts education experiences for students of all ages, and inspirational venues — all to strengthen the cultural and economic vitality of the Greater Richmond region.
In addition to its comprehensive BrightLights Education Initiatives and wide array of performances and productions, RPAA hosts a range of resident arts companies and other performing arts groups in a collaborative environment while overseeing its family of venues: Altria Theater at Monroe Park and Dominion Arts Center, which houses Carpenter Theatre and Dorothy Pauley Square — home to Rhythm Hall, Showcase Gallery, Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse and Genworth BrightLights Education Center.
Live performances are what Richmond Performing Arts Alliance is all about. We have such a diversity of talent we couldn’t put it under one roof! The Dominion Arts Center includes three performance venues and a visual arts gallery – each providing a unique experience. Carpenter Theatre, Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse and Rhythm Hall will allow you to experience the most exciting performances with the best in lighting, acoustics, seating and stage operations. Our visual arts gallery, Showcase Gallery, features many forms of visual arts ranging from paintings by local school children to sculptures from traveling exhibits. Shows that demand a larger venue can be found at Altria Theater, another Richmond Performing Arts Alliance venue, located on North Laurel Street in the heart of VCU's Monore Park campus. From the time you step out of your car in convenient parking areas to the standing ovation at the end of the show, we are committed to providing an enjoyable experience for the whole family.