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Visual Arts Center turns 50

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The Visual Arts Center of Richmond has been around for 50 years and Style Weekly takes a look at the changes that have occurred and what the future holds for this neighborhood institution of creativity.

But that doesn’t mean the going is easy. Vis Arts has seen two interim and one full-time president since Jo Kennedy retired in 2010. Losses during 2011 were a little more than $493,000, according to the center’s 990 tax forms. And GiveRichmond.org, sponsored by the Community Foundation, shows that while revenue from class fees was on the rise from 2010-2012, individual donor revenue dropped almost in half.

“When leadership changes, there is a certain amount of refocus,” the center’s president and chief executive, Ava Spece, says. “We have righted the ship … and we are working very hard to grow and expand what we do. It’s not just about numbers of people but trying to grow and expand geographically as well.”

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