The 2013 Giving Tree:

Help us support and sustain!

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 six years and six 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.

There is no better time than now for the gift of giving. For 2013, The Sandler Center once again presents The Giving Tree. All donations to the Giving Tree go directly to our ACCESS the ARTS program to provide matinee show tickets to students at Title 1 schools who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the great works of music, dance and theatre offered at the Sandler Center.

"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 4,800 students attended special matinee performances last year, many of them as part of the ACCESS the ARTS program. And more than 100 young participants have spent an exciting week at the Sandler Center's performing arts-themed summer and spring break camp.

You know what a gem we have in the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. We are asking not only for your help, but also for your continued support of bringing the arts to our wonderful community. We invite you to consider making a contribution, which is fully tax deductible to the 2013 Giving Tree.

With $10 student tickets, a donation of $100 can give the gift of the arts to TEN children!


Through the Sandler Center Foundation’s ACCESS the ARTS program, funding is provided for underserved students from local Title 1 schools to attend student matinee performances at the Sandler Center. 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 local children.

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 an innovative program entitled "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 Virginia Beach alone, there are sixteen 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 3,850 elementary-aged students (grades K-5) to attend matinee education programs at the Sandler Center. We have expanded the program’s reach and have invited underserved children from Title 1 public schools in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News and Portsmouth to apply for the ACCESS the ARTS program. We aim to bring in 5,000 underserved children through our performance hall doors in the 2013-2014 season. Greater funding will allow us to do just that. We would be honored to add you as a contributor to this special program.