Sponsors For The Listening

We couldn’t engage, change and save lives through the performing arts without help from our sponsors. The list below represents the many organizations that have helped us become a creative agent for change in the local community. Please join us in thanking them for their good work.


Riverviews Artspace

Riverviews is a non-profit arts organization committed to presenting contemporary art exhibitions, multi-disciplinary programs and events as diverse as our community. Their mission is to cultivate inclusivity and quality of life via the means of art.

Blackwater Branding

Blackwater Branding is an award-winning visual branding agency that designs for print, web and social media platforms. We work closely with each client to create a digital experience that not only drives communication and interaction, but also commerce and brand awareness. We believe in helping brands simplify and clarify who they are and what they stand for. As your visual storytellers we work with you to craft the content, create the moments, and relay the messages that authentically build your brand experience!


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Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum

The purpose of this Foundation is to preserve and celebrate, through education and research, the literary, cultural, and social legacy of Anne Spencer, thus memorializing her contributions and those of the Spencer family, to the City of Lynchburg, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States of America. One of their objectives is to deliver learner-centered programs and projects that stimulate creativity, promote historical awareness, and foster respect for the dignity of all people.

Lynchburg City Schools-Partners In Education

Partners In Education is a joint venture between Lynchburg City Schools and Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance (formerly the Lynchburg Regional Chamber). The program is designed to create linkages between the school system and area businesses to expand and enhance the educational opportunities for all.


Speakertree-Lynchburg’s Record sHOP

Our shop (est. 2008) offers the Hill City's best selection in new & previously owned vinyl. Occasionally, we also dabble in other media (cassettes, CDs, etc) We also will buy your old vinyl records. We are always looking to bring in new inventory to the shop. In addition to records, we also are home to a live music venue for small, intimate live performances from local, regional and national touring bands and artists.

The People’s Supper

We aim to repair the breach in our interpersonal relationships across political, ideological, and identity differences, leading to more civil discourse. And, we plan to do it in the most nourishing way we know – over supper! This isn’t about a political party, or what is or isn’t happening in Washington. It’s about us, and our relationship to one another. Too often, we exist in echo chambers and see each other as monoliths: one-sided stereotypes who can be reduced to a single word or phrase. Instead, we want to go beneath the headlines, to see each other as real people with real struggles, real fears, real hopes, and real dreams.

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United States Department of Arts and Culture

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is a people-powered department—a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. Art and culture can build empathy, create a sense of belonging, and activate the social imagination and civic agency needed to make real change. When we feel seen, when we know that our stories and imaginations matter, we are more likely to bring our full creative selves to the work of social change. That makes our work more effective—and more fun.

Youth Speaks

Through the intersection of arts education and youth development practices, civic engagement strategies, and high quality artistic presentation, Youth Speaks creates safe spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change. Youth Speaks has long championed a local, national, and increasingly global movement of young people picking up pens and stepping proudly onto stages, declaring themselves present. We believe that literacy is a need, not a want.

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University of Lynchburg Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement helps students to plan, coordinate, and take part in volunteer projects. Giving back to the community is an essential part of student culture at the University of Lynchburg. More information is on their website

ASTEP-Future Leaders Network

ASTEP (which stands for Artists Striving To End Poverty) was conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty. Through the Leaders Network, ASTEP is joining forces with educators, activists and organizers all over the world who want to use the arts to strengthen and develop their communities.


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Give Lively

Give Lively was created to build better online fundraising technology and give it away to nonprofits for free. We’re able to do this because we’re fully funded by the generosity of our founders. They cover the cost of operating our services so that we don’t have to charge us, the nonprofit.

Urban Confessional

Born on the streets of Los Angeles, California, Urban Confessional began as a community of actors determined to challenge the status quo. Every week, they stood on street corners in LA with signs that read “Free Listening” and opened their hearts to anyone who needed to laugh, cry, scream, or chat. Over the years, the community has grown to include people from all walks of life across 6 continents, 50 countries, and 40 states.

Thanks again to everyone who has helped us!