Genworth Lights Up! Youth Series

Thank you for joining us virtually for RPAA’s 2020-2021 Genworth Lights Up! Youth Series. RPAA seeks to cultivate new and non-traditional audiences, increasing access for all through this free workshop & performance series for students ages 3-18.  Prior to COVID, these events were scheuled throughout the year (September, November, January, March, May) in the venues of Dominion Energy Center and the Genworth BrightLights Education Center.  All events are FREE of charge and feature diverse, local artists and arts organizations who perform or offer workshops at each event. This past year’s Lights Up! series went virtual and included puppetry, stage magic, improv, tap instruction and more! 

We are thrilled to announce that we will be back IN PERSON during the 2021-22 year where we will continue to offer these workshops and performances for FREE to the Richmond community! Stay tines for the announcement of next year's season later this summer!  


Did you miss any of our virtual workshops?  Check out links to our previous workshops below!


Virtual Extravaganza! (May 2019) 

Join RPAA as we partner with artists all over the Richmond community for a VIRTUAL EXTRAVAGANZA! To wrap up the 2019-20 season of the Genworth Lights Up! Youth Series, we will be offering live-streamed workshops, demonstrations, and performances focused on arts activities you and your kids can do from the comfort of your home!

Everybody Dance Now! (September 2020) 

Join RPAA for Everybody Dance Now - the launch of the 2020-21 Genworth Lights Up! Youth Series. Returning this year with exciting new workshops are our friends at Richmond Ballet and Latin Ballet of Virginia. We’re also thrilled to feature workshops from Richmond Urban Dance, Greater Richmond Wolf Trap, and more! Push that bedroom furniture aside, throw on your dancing shoes, and join our virtual dance party!

Through the Lens (November 2020)

Join RPAA as we travel Through the Lens to learn what happens inside the studio! This November, we are thrilled to feature workshops in songwriting, animation, voiceover work, and more! There's even a special backstage tour of our local VPM studios! Go grab your microphone.... we're going live in 5, 4, 3, ✌️☝️

Let Me Be Your Star! (January 2021)

There's a budding performer in each of you, so it's time to let your star rise in the next installment of the Genworth Lights Up! Youth Series! This January, join RPAA as we explore the world of theatre through dynamic workshops and performances from local stage performers you know and love!

I've Got the Music In Me (March 2021)

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”  (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)  This March, we are sharing a magical week of FREE music workshops for all ages! RPAA is pleased to present the 4th installment in the Genworth Lights Up! Youth Series: I’ve Got The Music In Me! Join local RVA artists as they teach everything from vocal warm-ups to recording original songs!

Backstage Pass (May 2021)

The orchestra is tuning, the props have been carefully set, and you can hear the murmur of the audience finding their seats on the other side of the thick, velvet curtain. It’s opening night!  Live performances are magical, but what the audience sees is only part of the story. This May, we’ll explore what happens behind the scenes to create that magic. Join RPAA for a week of workshops and demonstrations that will introduce you to the world of technical theatre.


Are you interested in helping to support future workshops? 

RPAA’s goal is to make the arts accessible FOR EVERYONE and create equity in access to the arts. This means continuing to make the series FREE OF CHARGE to ALL who participate.  WE NEED YOUR HELP! Your donation will DIRECTLY support the hiring of local arts organizations and artists to provide these free workshops to the Richmond community. To donate, please click here to go to our secure donation form. (Please write “Lights Up!” in the notes section to designate your gift to this program.)

Thank you for your partnership in NURTURING the artists of tomorrow!




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