It began as a vision for a world-class arts facility and cultural focal point for the city of Virginia Beach and the region. It is hard to believe eight amazing seasons have passed since the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors. More than 613,000 people have visited the Sandler Center since November 2007. Over 150 sell-outs are among the approximately 3,000 total events that have been held at the city's premiere venue, which has become a landmark for residents, visitors and arts lovers of all ages as well as a destination for the some of the most renowned performers in the world.

"My students are so excited to be able to attend the matinee show. This experience will transform many of their lives."-Sharyn, 2nd grade teacher

"My husband and I feel that this program is so important to the students of Hampton Roads. We are proud to make this gift and support ACCESS the ARTS."-Patricia, Foundation donor

Education and outreach are an integral part of the Sandler Center's mission. Over 7,000 students attended special matinee performances last year! Many of those students attended through the ACCESS the ARTS program. Driven by a passion to reach students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the great works of music, dance and theatre the Sandler Center has to offer, the Sandler Center Foundation developed the innovative program ACCESS the ARTS to reach the at-risk and underserved students in Title 1 schools throughout Hampton Roads. The funding provided by this program is used to assist Title 1 schools in our local region with the costs associated with arts education programming at the Sandler Center. In Hampton Roads, there are over 100 Title 1 schools that have at least 40% of their student population receiving reduced lunches and living in low-income conditions. In some schools, this number is as high as 80%.

Last year, the ACCESS the ARTS program provided funding for over 5,000 students to attend matinee education programs at the Sandler Center. We aim to bring in as many underserved children as we can through our performance hall doors. Greater funding will allow us to do just that. We would be honored to add you as a contributor to this special program.

For a donation of $10, you can give the gift of the arts to one child to experience a matinee performance at the Sandler Center. For $30, you can send a carload of children. For $60, you can send a vanload of children, and for $400, you can send an entire busload of children to see a show! Your pledge will go entirely to funding the tickets for these children from the Hampton Roads region.