The Business Consortium for Arts Support does just what its name implies. Through annual grants it helps arts and cultural groups meet the costs of running their organizations.

Communities across the nation have discovered two things: that culture is good for business and that investment in the arts makes sense.  One of the greatest strengths of a vibrant arts community is its ability to attract other business. The South Hampton Roads area in Virginia is proud to have an active and growing cultural community.  The arts in this area reach audiences of more than 1 million people annually.

The Business Consortium for Arts Support has contributed nearly $24 million in unrestricted operating support to 65 arts and cultural organizations since its establishment in 1987.  This investment has guaranteed that arts programs continue to inspire our children with hands-on education, keep our theatres, stages and museums filled with extraordinary art and performances, and make our region attractive to business and industry needed to grow and prosper.

Grant recipients in 2018 include large organizations such as Virginia Opera, Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Symphony and The Chrysler Museum. But they also include smaller, specialized groups such as Bay Youth Orchestras, which features young musicians from throughout Hampton Roads, and the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society, which presents classical and flamenco guitar performances.

Funds for the grants are provided by area businesses and foundations that generously contribute to the BCAS.  

2018 Board of Directors:

Win Short, President, Kaufman & Canoles

Lisa Wigginton Doud, Executive Director/Vice President

Peter Huber, Secretary/Treasurer, Willcox & Savage

Susan Hirschbiel, Allocations Chair, Community Volunteer

Walker Phillips, Vision & Arts Advocacy Chair, Palladium Registered Investment Advisors

Karen Bradley, Virginia Natural Gas

Jackie Decker Corletto, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Lew Georges, Davenport & Company LLC

Michael Fowler, Merrill Lynch/Bank of America

Joy Learn, Community Volunteer

Tommy Leeman, Wells Fargo Advisors

Susan Saunders, Dixon Hughes Goodman

Shane Smith, Williams Mullen