ArtSpire VA has changed the lives of so many! The amount of scholarships given to children to experience the arts has transformed lives and the endless inspiration that the ArtSpire dancers have the opportunity is so amazing and they feel so lucky to be able to spread love through this nonprofit.
This wonderful organization lead by Gennifer Difilippo spreads kindness and compassion for others whenever they perform. The talented group of girls under her direction have benefited greatly from her inspirational leadership. Their participation in efforts to support awareness of childhood cancer, their appearances at community events, and their efforts to support children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to have exposure and experiences in the Arts have given them all a love of service for the greater good.
I first heard of ArtSpire VA when it was in the beginning stages. I have watched it grow and become a fantastic way to lift people up. I saw the joy the girls who danced at CureFest had when they made a little girl who has cancer smile at the way they conveyed a message of hope and to keep dancing and fighting even on the days that you don't feel like a warrior princess! This is an excellent program run by a fantastic woman with the help of some great volunteers!
My wife introduced me to the work that ArtSpire VA does. I have watched the founder of ArtSpire pour her blood, sweat , and tears to make this non-profit successful and grow so she doesn't have to tell any child "No" who wants to participate in the arts. I have been to the end of year showcase that brings the kids together to show what they have learned during the year is fantastic! An amazing program that needs donations to help more kids!!!
I was asked to be a part of the board when ArtSprire VA was forming. I have watched the incredible impact that this non-profit has had any a multitude of people.
Young ladies and young woman have come together to raise the spirits of those who need their spirits lifted due to life circumstances such as domestic abuse, juvenile cancer, and veterans of the armed forces.
All the while, the founder and a handful of volunteers are constantly working to raise money to provide scholarship money to kids whose family are not able, financially, to participate in the arts. Wonderful people donate their time and money to provide money for theater, dance, voice, and music lessons. Watching a young lady get her first pair of brand new tap shoes, when she has only worn second hand shoes is nothing short of heart warming and motivating to be involved with this fantastic non-profit.
I am fortunate to be involved in helping this charity support local children who would like to participate in classes and workshops in the arts but don't have the financial means to do so. It is a blessing to see the immediate impact made on a child who is given the opportunity to be creative and have fun.
I am also lucky to see the way Artspire inspires and uplifts through performance. These photos are from Artspire dancers performing a dance at Curefest for Childhood Cancer in honor of a child with cancer. To be able to see their moving performance and their connection to Maddie was something none of us will forget. This is a local charity with a tremendous impact.
I have been a board member and am teaching Recreational Art Therapy with ArtSpire VA for several years. I work with hospital patients in rehabilitation, teaching the joy of painting through looking, movement and sharing. It's really quite simple yet brings folks together in community through the idea of art and healing. So many patients are finding that after an hour of painting, they forget about the pain, they are enjoying themselves, they are talking with their neighbors, communicating, sharing their discoveries of painting and being pulled into a creative space. Many have never painted before, while some had but may not have had the time to paint. ArtSpire grants an opportunity that lifts the spirit through the creative process and brings people together and enhances a moment of healing. It’s these moments, seeing the end products, hearing the laughter that I am learning how important and rewarding and inspiring art can be.
Artspire Va is one of the best non-profits I've ever volunteered with. They are organized, dedicated and very much involved with our local community. I have witnessed first-hand how Artspire helps and inspires children with special needs, children battling cancer, and children with financial needs.
I am a teacher at a dance studio in the Washington D.C. area who has seen the great impact ArtSpire Va has had on the community. They provide scholarships and opportunities for young talented students who might not otherwise have afforded lessons. It is truly inspiring!
Artspire is a wonderful non-profit that uplifts so many around this community. It has given children the chance to experience opportunities that they would otherwise not have been able to. Please consider donating to allow others to be involved in the arts, it can really make a child's life better.
Art can change a life, and it can save a life. I've heard countless stories of young people who have found their place, their niche, their family within the arts, and when they did, they decided to stay. To give life a chance. Many youth in our area struggle financially though, so it's harder to stay connected, to really develop their talent and grow their passion. ArtSpire VA Inc provides the tools, shoes, registration fees, and other essential items to bring art to those who cannot otherwise afford these opportunities. I've seen the difference it makes, I've seen the smiles on faces, smiles that go all the way to their eyes. Not only do they bring the arts to those who cannot afford it, the youth in the dance company provide inspired performances to many in our community, some whom cannot get out to see a show. They also support community efforts such as the annual Travis Manion Heroe's Run, that recognizes first responders and the military. I am so impressed with the work Gennifer has done, along with the amazing young dancers, in the short amount of time they have been in operation. Please visit their website:http://www.artspireva.com/ to volunteer or donate.