Richmond’s performing arts venue Richmond Centerstage announced today on its website it received a $5.5 million grant from Dominion Resources tol be used for “ongoing operation, maintenance and physical improvement to the facility.” The 87-year-old East Grace Street venue, which encompasses The 1,800-seat Carpenter Theatre, the multi-use space Rhythm Hall; the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse; and the Genworth BrightLights Education Center, will be renamed the “Dominion Arts Center.”
Richmond Centerstage received the grant from the energy company’s philanthropic arm, the Dominion Foundation. The new name is expected to be on promotional materials and tickets by next year and signage should go up by spring.
“Dominion is invested in the cultural and artistic vibrancy of our local communities,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources in the release. “Our grant seeks to strengthen the performing arts by helping sustain the unique and historic Carpenter Theatre and the other venues at the downtown complex. Richmond’s dynamic arts scene is an indispensable ingredient in making our region an attractive place to live and work.”
The name change to “Dominion Arts Center” is pending approval from Richmond City Council since the city has an ownership interest in the performing arts venue. The vote on it will take place at the Jan. 11 city council meeting.
The company has gifted more than $4 million to Richmond CenterStage for construction, operations, and artistic and educational programming since 2007.
Richmond Centerstage isn’t the first venue to receive a donation from Dominion. The Altria Theater received a $2 million gift for renovations and their stage was renamed the Dominion Stage in 2012.